Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

81%

9 Critic Reviews

This honest and well written account of his son Nic's meth and alcohol addiction is one that all parents should read.
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Synopsis

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

 

About David Sheff

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DAVID SHEFF is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy. Sheff's other books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying. His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and elsewhere. His ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time Magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People. Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California.
 
Published January 6, 2009 by Mariner Books. 337 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Beautiful Boy
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good

A clear picture of what meth addiction does to a user and those who love him that may help other families better cope with this growing problem.

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NY Times

Above average
on Feb 21 2008

On the long, crowded shelf of addiction memoirs “Beautiful Boy” is more notable for sturdiness and sense than for new insight.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Mar 04 2008

This honest and well written account of his son Nic's meth and alcohol addiction is one that all parents should read.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Mar 03 2010

Sheff's memoir forces readers to rethink any preconceived notions they may have about "tough love" and the debate over whether addiction is a choice or a disease.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 11 2011

It took guts to write this book, and guts to live through what David Sheff has lived through.

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Booklist Online

Good
on May 15 2007

...sharing his and Nic’s wisdom, missteps, and successes, and the lessons they learned. A must-read for, at the least, anyone in similar straits.

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Pajiba

Good
on Feb 24 2009

At times helplessness and despair radiate off the page, and at one point I realized that I was holding my breath as I was reading.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Above average
on Apr 30 2008

Despite the reader's acknowledgement of David Sheff's pain and the educational and therapeutic intentions...one wishes he had left this "material" for his son to deal with as he saw fit. Sometimes private places should remain just that.

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AARP

Good

...If you are a parent or grandparent—or are just concerned about children—you too will feel better at the end of Beautiful Boy. How could you not? You’ve been to hell and back.

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