Looking for your next read? Check out Book Review: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Joan C.
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction is written by David Sheff. Sheff is a professional writer who lives in California with his second wife and three children. Nic is David’s son from his first marriage. The book begins by describing Nic’s upbringing and their life as a family. Nic is a creative and articulate young man with a zest for life and learning. When Nic begins to use drugs, the story follows the ups and downs of loving someone with an addiction.
Those who have experienced this in their life will relate to the myriad of emotions that Sheff experiences. At times in the book, I felt discouraged and frustrated with Nic for going back to using drugs again and again. As a witness to the stress and desperation the family feels I was skeptical of Nic's promises of recovery. The Sheff’s can provide Nic with access to many resources and chances at recovery but the struggle to overcome addiction transcends social class and privilege. Like most addicts, there is no end to the struggle with addiction and the author acknowledges that it will be a lifelong battle. Like his father, Nic is an author who wrote a book called Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines about his experiences. A movie with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet was made based on Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction.
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