Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Book - 2009 | 1st Mariner Books ed.
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The story of one teenager's descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father's point of view, describing how a varsity athlete and honor student became addicted to the dangerous drug and its impact on his family.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed.
ISBN: 9780547203881
0547203888
Branch Call Number: 362.299 SHEFF
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 21 cm.

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Zalliyah10
Nov 29, 2012

Another winner. This is really the father's take on his son's destruction. If you read Tweak this will add to your experience. It will also do so much more. If you are the parent of an alcoholic or an addict you will gain significant insight for reading this book. I believe it is a gem and have read nothing like it. I would recommend it to any parent, spouse, partner, sibling with an addict in the family. You didn't cause it, You can't control it, You can't cure it, The three C's of Al-Anon. Addiction is Chronic, Progressive, Terminal. And a quote from the book. "Addicts persist in their self destructive behavior until something within themselves- something quite apart from anyone else's efforts-changes so radically that the desire for the high is dulled and deadened by the desire for a better life". It's a brave book and in the end Sheff suggests that more money be spent on rehabilitation and treatment of addicts. Glad I read this book!

snowbird922 Aug 01, 2011

Disappointment although I know the writer is an intelligent man this book that should have been so personal lacked feeling for me as a parent. He also skipped over many details about his sons’ addiction. There were times that I did cry but those occasions were far and few between and most of the time it read like a text book. I have had addiction in my family and the book just left me lacking feeling

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SMLibrary
Jul 23, 2011

What an amazing story--if you've dealt with addiction in your life on any level with any person that you love, you will feel for this father. I couldn't put it down.

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JUGEY
Mar 29, 2011

Loved it! Read this first and then his son's story Tweak second. Great read!

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Mexicap
Feb 01, 2011

Another awesome story about a parent that will sacrifice everything to save his child!!

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