Sunday, July 28th 2019

Beautiful Boy

Beautiful BoyBeautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
Published by Mariner Books on January 6th 2009
Pages: 340

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 him. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

This book was INTENSE. It is not only a memoir of a father with an addicted son, but it was also very informative as he discovered more and more about addiction. I really felt for him and I could not imagine the amount of stress and anxiety his son’s addiction caused not only himself but the entire family. They never knew where he was or if he was even alive.

This book was a difficult read but I am glad I picked it up. The son also wrote a memoir but I have not yet had the chance to check it out. There was also a movie recently made based on their story and I cannot wait to see that as well.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. I feel it should be a required read as addiction becomes more and more prevalent.