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.
"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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I read this after I read Nic's father's book Beautiful Boy by David Scheff. This book was a good accounting, from an addict's perspective of life as an addict. At times I wanted to reach through my headphones and strangle this young author and just yell STOP! Don't do that to your family. Having read his father's account of the agony the family went through and then to read the account of the relative lack of agony the addict went through (sorry, my perspective as a parent) totally by choice was very frustrating. Drugs account for multi-generational problems in our society and if rehab has such a low percentage of success (10-20%???) then what are we to do? For years we have heard that enforcement isn't the answer, treatment is the answer .... But after reading these two books it's obvious that treatment is elusive.
This book should be required reading for Jr. High school kids, and again in high school. A great insight to the life an addict leads; I found it fascinating. He was very candid and the material raw, which made the unbelievable very believable. I do however, recommend reading "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff (Nic's dad) first, as the insight from his perspective made Nic's perspective more "real"--some of the stuff was just so unbelievable; I can't imagine living like he did. I learned a lot about that way of life, as fortunately, I've never been there myself. I think every kid should read this book to see what "glory" is in drugs, the tragedies in getting high, the work involved in coming clean and the hardships it creates on your body. Unimaginable.
I couldn't stop listening. I read Beautiful Boy first and was fascinated with Nic. I listened to all 12 hours in less than a week. Gritty, honest and yet hopeful. I haven't been so touched by a book in years.
I have no sympathy for substance abusers because in my mind, "Why can't they give it up?" I had friends who were addicts and they always had a hard time giving it up. I never understood their obsessions with drugs and never understand the 12 Step Program, weekly meetings, support, after they get out from rehab.
After reading this book and after reading about Nic's life, I now understand (somewhat), what my friends went through after kicking their habit.
Do I see things differently after reading this book for my friends?
Not really because they are my friends and they choose to use, but I understand in having an addiction and need life long support.
I think that I will understand more about Nic's life from his dad's prospective in "Beautiful Boy". I think that book will give me more of an insight of what my friends are going through because it's from a viewer looking in, rather than a addict telling their story.
Tweak is an honest read about true life.
Don't read it to be scare straight because there is not enough facts and figures what drugs can do to you.
Read this book to learn about an addict's constant high.
I read David Sheff‘s book Beautiful Boy about living through his son’s Meth addiction and throughout the read, I realized that it would be great to read the son’s perspective, so I picked up a copy of Tweak by Nic Sheff.
Beautiful Boy was an incredible raw book of a parent’s journey through a child’s addiction, but I wasn’t at all prepared for the mental picture that accompanied the writings of the Nic Sheff. There is a raw, sort of, unedited perspective that is written with the mindset that the end result will be death, not life.
Tweak picks up about half way through Nic’s meth addiction – after he finds himself cut off from his parents financially, turning tricks to make ends meet so that he can score his next round of blow. He talks about doing drugs that range from marijuana to meth (his drug of choice) to heroine. Not only does he have an addiction to drugs, he also has an addiction to alcohol and sex. This book is written from the perspective of an early 20-something that seems to only care about his needs.
Much like Beautiful Boy, he highlights parts of his life that uses a day format. He talks about his stints in sobriety, some lasting as long as 18 months before the pull and allure of the drugs drag him deeper and deeper into his addiction. He lies, cheats, steals and leaves one of his girlfriends at a market for four hours while he goes to steal something from his mother’s house and then subsequently collapses in her garage.
The vividness of his account is extraordinary. When he goes into a building to score more drugs, you can feel the emotions he felt – your heart rate increases when uncertainty surrounds. This book is much more raw and unfiltering of his experiences then Beautiful Boy. This book takes you deep inside his thoughts, his actions, the words that flow from his mouth in a series of explictives. His candor in sharing these experiences is inviting, but you should be prepared for the experience.
I recommend this book, but I reco
If you or anyone you know or love has a problem with addiction, this is a must read. The addict understands everything that the author experiences. I listened to this going to work and couldn't wait to get back to it. If you liked "A Million Pieces", you'll love this one.
I am an extremely intelligent and nagging old lady.
This is an amazing book after his dad's. I finished listening to it in several days. Although I was haunted most of the time by his up and down, I was really touched by his extreme honesty. It is a true achievement to anybody to publish a good book, and it's even harder for somebody finished a book while struggling with drug addition. Wish Nic can really get his life back. With his talent and his conscience deep in his heart, he deserves a much better life than the one controlled by drug, and his family deserves a better life, too.
I was so sad when it was over. The Mom in me wants to keep track of Nic and make sure he is clean and safe. I loved Beautiful Boy too. Both were great from beginning to end.
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.
Nic Sheff tells his story with compelling narrative. I'm not an addict (not meth anyway) and I don't have kids on meth, but I really enjoyed listening to this story.
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