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“This national best seller is a book for the mid to upper high school reader. However, definitely not recommended for all. It is an autobiographical sketch of the author’s journey where he chronicles the worst two years of his life struggling with drug addiction. It starts with Day One and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Wow, what a book. Especially for people who have no exposer to crack/cocaine addiction Tweak is an eye-opening experience. Nic Sheff is a 21 year old kid when the novel starts. You follow him for close to two years of his life and watch his slow and tough journey to get clean. His bender is a long jumbled mess of spending money, of shooting heroin, drug dealers, breaking the law and near-death experiences. So many different things happen, so quickly you have trouble keeping it straight in your head. You can see when you read the novel the parts where he makes a clean break and where he does not. You can see how he lies to himself and how he is totally disconnected emotionally from the world around him. Ironically, I read âWe all Fall Downâ first, so I know that he is not even clean when he wrote the book â not totally anyways and through the novel ends positively, you wonder how sure of a recovery he will have.”Matt Moynihan wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story becomes part of you.
I recently finished "Tweak" after reading "Beautiful Boy." I also went to hear Nic and his father speak at the Boulder Bookstore. I told them both "I feel as though I know you."
This book is about real life. It is honest/straightforward and filled with colorful, often painfully honest and delightfully cynical descriptions of the people and events in Nic's life.
It is obvious that Nic did not write this book to get others to "like him." I appreciate his willingness to be himself and to lay his life bare for others to experience.
I find myself re-experiencing events that Nic wrote about so vividly. I don't often have this reaction, months after reading a book. Some writers have a gift of connecting with the reader and I hope Nic continues with this.
Although Nic finishes the book with no promise of a fairy-tale ending, my thoughts and prayers are with him--as he has somehow become part of my life-experience.
After reading this, friends and parents may wonder what they can do to help someone who needs recovery. A good start for someone who has no clue about addiction and these types of problems is the book and DVD "Why Don't They JUST QUIT? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery" by Joe Herzanek.
“An excellent, although frightening account of a young man's journey to sobriety read on my iPad with the Kindle app.”Richard J. Koerner wrote this review Wednesday, April 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Bleak, stark, stunning. He doesn't editorialize, romanticize, or apologize. It's just the whole truth of his life as a meth addict. Really good to read this along with his father's book, "Beautiful Boy". ”Susan M Farris wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Such an amazing biography and insight on the characters' experiences. Honestly taught me such great life lessons; on what not to do!”Georgette wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A real and often too real look into the world of drug addiction. Nic is a meth addict and shares a year in his life of battling his addiction. Powerful look, would not recommend in a school library due to intense details (although it is real). ”Angela W wrote this review Sunday, March 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was absolutely amazing. Although it was an autobiography, it definitely didn't seem like one. The book was extremely interesting and constantly kept me on my toes. ”originallymickey wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nic Sheff has (as well as addictions to heroin, alcohol, and prescription drugs), and his tale of rapid descent followed by finally coming out is gripping, sometimes forcing you to ask, "How could this be nonfiction?"”jorge correa wrote this review Friday, November 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nic Sheff’s memoir revolves around his addiction of drugs and his relationships. He's been doing cocaine, meth, marijuana, crack, and almost every drug ever since high school. Nic uses drugs to run away from his internal problems. All he wants is to be accepted by his family and his girlfriends at the time. Although Nic has been to several rehab programs, he believes it won't work. However he realizes that he doesn't want to live with drugs so he follows up with the program again with the help of his friend, Spencer. Unfortunately Nic breaks down his cycle of recovering because of his girlfriend Zelda. He is fully committed to her, but Nic has to figure out if he can live without Zelda and just be content with himself.
Nic shows great insight of these two years of his life. He explains every detail that he went through. He tells what he felt when he was doing drugs and when he was recovering. The book makes you realize that people must accept themselves because he realizes that he needs to accept himself for who he is in order to move forward in life. This book grabs a reader by empathizing someone’s perspective of life with the use of drugs. Even if you don’t use drugs, there could be some similar emotions or reasons that connect to this period of Nic’s life.”