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

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Beautiful Boy
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Beautiful boy
July 24th, 2015
Well written account of a father's growing understanding of the uncontrollable attempts by his son to run away from life's pain.
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One of the best books I've read
November 20th, 2014
Beautiful Boy is extremely well written. This is unsurprising when we consider that father, David Sheff, is also an author. I highly recommend this book to anyone affected by addiction; friends or family of an addict... or for the addict himself or herself. David Sheff puts a lot into this book and one gets the impression that many times he is literally writing about a matter of life and death.
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