Difficult But Must Read for Parents of an Addict Apr 13, 2008
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff was given to me by a friend who works in the drug addiction services arena. She figured that it would be therapeutic for me as my son was an addict for ten years and has maintained sobriety for the past two years. Little did I know how reading Beautiful Boy would bring up raw nerves that I thought had been dealt with in the past.
David Sheff is an excellent writer. The reader is quickly captured by this story of a father and son who obviously love each other and who both have incredible passion and excitement for the world in which we live. The author has also included a lot of data from professionals to do with drug use, abuse, addiction, therapies and pharmacological facts which help to bring credibility to the battle that ensues.
The only negative comment that I have regarding this book is that I felt that the author became a victim verses the survivor mentality that was present for all but the last few chapters. Upon completion of the read, I immediately went on Alibris to order Nic's book, Tweek, so that I could read about the other side of the equation.
Would highly recommend to any reader. Drug addition effects so many of us that it is impossible to invision anyone who could not learn something helpful in the process of reading Beautiful Boy.