Tweak by Nic Sheff
Growing Up on Methamphetamines

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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.
 

About Nic Sheff

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Nic currently lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by Atheneum, New York. 340 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the publisher's second (and lesser) recent drug memoir, golden-boy-to-be Sheff recounts his descent from casual drinking and pot smoking as a teenager to heroin, cocaine and crystal-meth abuse in his early 20s.

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A memoir written in the present tense, Sheff's first book graphically if self-indulgently recounts his addictions to various drugs, including meth and heroin, and his attempts at recovery as h

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Sheff relates his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol in this poignant and often disturbing memoir. Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect choice for narrator; his stern and entirely believable vo

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While it's tempting to ask if Nic's journalist father's version of the same events, in Beautiful Boy (Nonfiction Reviews, Apr. 30, 2007), supplies the insights missing here, this book's unmediated, down-and-headed-for-disaster sensibility may, for some teen readers, produce the same transfixing ...

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Sheff relates his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol in this poignant and often disturbing memoir.

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Written with a first-person on-the-scene journalistic style that allows its author/protagonist an eerie degree of detachment, Nic Sheff's TWEAK is the dark counterpoint to BEAUTIFUL BOY, written by his father, David Sheff.

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Youth: Author’s story of his drug addiction and its physical and mental tolls.

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I think it is one of the best books I have ever read And I recomend this book to anyone who is curious to read it.

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I think it is one of the best books I have ever read And I recomend this book to anyone who is curious to read it.

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There are intense sex scenes in the book, as well as a series of disturbing characters (including an addict whose girlfriend nearly killed him by shooting him in the head, and a drug client who Nic catches in the middle of a bondage sex act).

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There are intense sex scenes in the book, as well as a series of disturbing characters (including an addict whose girlfriend nearly killed him by shooting him in the head, and a drug client who Nic catches in the middle of a bondage sex act).

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

The author of Tweak is the son of David Sheff, a psuccessful writer who interviewed John Lennon for Playboy and has recently written his own book.

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