I got a bit behind on my book reviews, so keep an eye out here as I am hoping to get caught up over the next few days. On that note, here's the next one.
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
This was an interesting book. I read the companion book, Tweak by Nic Sheff, a while ago. Tweak is Nic's story about his battle with addiction. Beautiful Boy is his father's side of things. One of the more intriguing points I found in the book is that it doesn't read like a typical memoir, though there are elements of that present. Sheff tends to focus more on what was going through his mind as the events occurred. Now, I have read reviews that were critical of that, and I can understand why if you go into reading this book expecting a typical memoir. But, working in the addiction field, I can tell you Sheff's mind set as he conveys it in this book is common among the parents I work with. In that respect, I found this point of view fascinating.
David Sheff was a writer prior to this book. He was writing non-fiction magazine articles when his son started the family on the emotional roller coaster of addiction. So, when Sheff wrote Beautiful Boy, he did so armed with a significant amount of research into addiction. Much of that research is added to the book. This research does break up the story a bit, but he fits it into the story in a way that I think lends strength to the emotional aspects of the story.
In the end, I found this to be a great book about one family's experience with addiction. I would recommend reading Tweak first. By doing so, you will get a better picture of the events so, when you read Beautiful Boy, the emotional side of this book will make more sense and come through clearer.