Sheff’s story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view—a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff’s son Nic was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets.
At its heart Beautiful Boy is an amazingly honest and exquisitely
written account of a family’s torturous journey through addiction. It
raises questions that reflect the fears of every parent: Where does one’s
responsibility to a loved one end? How—and when—should a parent
know whether his or her child is substance abusing? And how does a
family recover from the wounds afflicted by addiction and get on with
their lives? David Sheff has written a powerful and moving family portrait
that will resonate soundly with all readers and is sure to become a classic.