My Rating: 5/5
Review: I happened to find this book at my local library while searching for photography books; I'd heard good things about it and decided it was worth checking out, just to sample it a bit when I had time. I finished it the next afternoon.
This is a compelling, honest, and intense account of a father's experiences as his bright, charming young son falls into a brutal addiction to methamphetamine. What drew me into the story was the way Mr. Sheff told it: rather than throwing the reader into the story after the battle with Nic's addiction had already begun, he starts with his son's birth. He tells stories of his son's creativity and personality as he grows up, until, when Nic is twelve, he finds a bag of marijuana in his backpack. The account of Nic's decade of drug abuse--the change in personality, the opportunities he throws away, the failed attempts at rehab, the times he nearly dies--are heartwrenching and real. I was angered and frustrated and devastated as I read. I saw the uncertainty of hope in such a bleak situation; I began to understand the devastation such an addiction causes. Above it all, I was incredibly moved by the endurance of a father's love despite the deceit and treachery born of the addiction. This is my most highly recommended book of the year, at the very least.
Cautions: Obviously, this book does contain a lot of reference to drug use, as well as some strong language. YA or older.
Next Read: Tweak by Nic Sheff