The Other Side of Beautiful Boy

TweakFriday I mentioned Nic Sheff’s book Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamine. Nic Sheff is David Sheff’s son and the subject of his book Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.

Well, today I figured I’d give you more information on Tweak because I think it’s interesting that there is another perspective on the heart-rending true story told in Beautiful Boy. I also can’t think of anything else book-related to share after a busy and exhausting Labor Day weekend. So Tweak it is! Tweak is described as such:

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. 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 a voice 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 for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It’s a harrowing portrait — but not one without hope.

I feel like Beautiful Boy caught people’s attention because it’s a unique twist on the traditional addiction memoir since it is told from the perspective of the family instead of the addict. However, I would love to see how Nic Sheff’s take on events vary from that of his dad’s. While I probably won’t be running out to get Tweak any time soon, I would eventually like to compare the two. Now I just have to start Beautiful Boy… Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is still taking over my literary life.


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