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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
Beautiful Boy A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
Author: David Sheff
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780547203881
ISBN-10: 0547203888
Publication Date: 1/6/2009
Pages: 336
Edition: 1
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 126 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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stocktonmalonefan avatar reviewed Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction on + 58 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
If you love someone who is an addict/alcoholic, known someone who is--this book is as necessary to read for you as food is for nourishment. It will bring a smile to your lips, it will give you hope, it will crush you and break your heart. And in the end, it will help you understand what you are up against and give you the solace that comes in knowing you are not alone. I read this in two days, staying up until 3 a.m.--probably not the healthiest of things to do under times of stress--but I could not put it down. As much as it pained me to read it, it also gave me hope. Life and love are not for the weak. What's that old saing? "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." Whether we want it or not--loved ones of addicts are in for the long-haul, the duration, the good and the bad. Keep the faith.
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"Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monsters gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here"

Thus begins John Lennon's lyrics to "Beautiful Boy". Author David Sheff adapts the song title into an apt name for the memoir chronicling his experiences with his first born son, who struggled off and on with addiction for more than a century. This book, expanded from an article published in the New York Times Magazine, evolved into a page turner illuminating the years Sheff spent consumed by worry, sleepless nights, anxiety and powerlessness over his son's advancing drug consumption. The tale culminates with the author's self-awarenss of his codependency; he didn't cause his son's addiction to methamphetamine anymore than he could control it or cure it. He writes, "...our children live and die with or without us. No matter what we do, no matter how we agonize or obsess, we cannot chose for our children whether they live or die. It is a devastating realization, but also liberating. I finally chose life for myself. I chose the perilous but essential path that allows me to accept that Nic will decide for himself how - and whether - he will live his life."

Accompany David Sheff on his journey as he masterfully narrates the life events leading to his son begin grasped by the jaws of the substance-abuse monster.
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mjowest avatar reviewed Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction on + 223 more book reviews
Amazing book. It's heartbreaking and sincere. I can't believe what the son went through before he was 21 years old. And the parents- we went through issues with our daughter, nothing like this, and I could feel the pain and angst that they were going through. Many colorful, wordy descriptions of situations, landscapes, conditions- I usually don't like that- but this author has a gift of words. Everything flowed together. Even the descriptions of his research and findings. I almost didn't want it to end, but as of today, 2020, the ending is a happy ending.
reviewed Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction on + 36 more book reviews
really sad,but the parents struggle is inspiring
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Very real, difficult but great read


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