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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines | [Nic Sheff]

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.
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Publisher's Summary

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

In writing that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself.

You can also hear Nic's father's perspective in his memoir: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction.

©2007 Nic Sheff; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were." (Publishers Weekly)
"Garcia delivers a strong and commanding reading that perfectly expresses the rawness of Sheff's most personal recollections….Endlessly memorable." (AudioFile)

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    Kathryn Bakken LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-28-12
    Kathryn Bakken LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2007

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Far Inferior to Beautiful Boy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had been written by his father, David Sheff, but that would be impossible. His father's version of the same events from his perspective is so far superior to this effort that you can only be let down when you hear this 'fill in the blanks' version.

    I was intrigued to listen to this because David Sheff's heart felt book, Beautiful Boy, was basically a mystery at it's heart. Learning what happened during Nic's absences and how it all began first hand was a big draw. Too bad it turned out to be a non-mystery and he really wasn't doing much at all besides living a cliche.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nic Sheff again?

    Unless he has matured and has developed some self awareness, it's doubtful. I was hoping for some insight but didn't really get any.


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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 05-29-08
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 05-29-08 Member Since 2003

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    "Tedious Drunkalogue"

    I found this complementary memoir to "Beautiful Boy" to be devoid of any insight, character development or nuanced emotion. It is simply a repetitious recounting of long sequences about either 1) the effects of doing drugs, or 2) the logistics of looking for drugs.

    I am surprised, as this writer is self-described as quite accomplished in other areas of his life, and still, throughout this memoir, finds getting high his top priority.

    I was hoping some of the narrative gifts and perceptive acumen of his father might have been included in this writer's DNA, but evidently not.


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    Kelster076 05-10-08
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    "Honest"

    I listened to Beautiful Boy first and it was interesting to have perspective from the addict as well as the person the addict's behavior impacted.

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    Kerry DAMPIER, Australia 08-03-08
    Kerry DAMPIER, Australia 08-03-08
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    "Tweak"

    – with out even realizing it I downloaded dads beautiful boy as well! Definitely not as well written as dad but it’s always to hear both perspectives. I’m not sure he gets the entirety of his actions even now. I have no idea why he titled it tweak? Certainly I think he seeks like a true addict who doesn’t take responsibility for the huge pain he inflicted and continues to inflict. So I suppose if you are looking for learning how insular a drug addict can be then this is a good perspective of how satin affects everyone and the perpetrator still thinks the world revolves around them, and it’s all about me. May be this ‘y’ generation has been acting out in the drug world far longer than we knew it.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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