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Beautiful Boy
Beautiful Boy
Author: David Sheff
A father's journey through his son's addictions.
ISBN-13: 9780739499610
ISBN-10: 0739499610
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 317
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 10
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Helpful Score: 13
This book will haunt me for years to come. The author's fears, dreams, hopes, apathy, and downright horror jump off of the pages and eat away at your heart. I've always believed that if my child ended up like Nic, I would be able to walk away, but now... I just don't know. I could feel this man's pain, feel his love oozing from the text. I think what made it harder is believing that Nic was better again and again and again. I spent the last two or three chapters in and out of tears. Yes, I felt for Nic, but David is who I really wanted to reach out and hug, to offer to do something - anything - to ease his pain.

Oh, there were a few funny parts, and endearing. Nic truly seems like he's a good kid who has just screwed up royally. I am left wondering how Nic is doing TODAY though. I believe the story ended about 18 months ago, so I'm curious... what has happened since then?

It appears that Nic also wrote a book. I'll give it a read. I do hope Nic realizes what an amazing father he has and learns to deal with his demons. Hug your dad, Nic - he did for you what I'm not sure I could for my own children.

This was a wonderful book. It touched me deeply.
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Helpful Score: 5
So good. I just couldnt put it down. It really parallels Tweak. So it is best to read them back to back!
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Helpful Score: 4
i have to say- as an addict who put my parents and loved ones through a similar kind of hell this was a tough read. but i learned so much of the other side of addiction.
i am so glad i read this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is by far the worst read book I've ever heard. The narrator's voice is excruciating. He is melodramatic and sounds like he is voicing the Punch & Judy Show. I may have liked the book had I not been cringing at this man's terrible inflections, imitations, and embellishments the entire time. The subject matter was interesting, but I highly recommend you read a hard copy rather than listen to this buffoon.
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Helpful Score: 3
A heartbreaking memoir of addiction and the damage that it inflicts on a family. Perhaps lags a little at times, but in all, very good. I think any parent can feel much empathy for the narrator, and I would imagine it would really hit home for those parents living through the nightmare of an addicted child. It made me very, very grateful to have escaped that particular circle of hell in my own life.
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Great book! Highly recommend to family's going through the struggles of addiction.
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Anyone who has a family member who suffers fom drug addiction needs to read this book. It is beautifully written by a father who's son is a severe drug addict. He will take you down the road to that addiction and the agony of trying to save him. If there was something else this family could have done to "fix" their son I can't imagine what it would be. I have so much more sympathy for families who I personally know that have suffered the same with their own children. I wish I knew how Nick is doing now ......
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Having recently had to cope with a family member suffering with addiction and rehab, this book was greatly supportive and informative; the author makes you feel like he truly does understand what parents go through, and you see what you are living through his eyes. I was very impressed. Thank you.

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