Tweak -By Nic Scheff & Beautiful Boy -By David Scheff

These are two books by father and son about the son’s intense struggle with drug addiction…predominately methamphetamine addiction.
I read the son’s account first (Tweak) and it, to no one’s surprise reads like a parent’s worst nightmare… A very intelligent well to do son, who ends up homeless on the streets, prostituting himself, tearing his arms up with needles, etc etc. etc.

I initially had trouble with the book in how it was written. The content far more than the writing style. I just was put off by the crap he was talking about. For example, his friend named Gack. Isn’t that enough to make you want to say, “no thanks”.

So the first 100 pages were just irritating cause I wanted to hit people like Gack in the face. Not because of poor choices, but because they sounded annoying.

But fortunately for me, I made a wise choice. Instead of throwing the book away or worse, reading through the Gack chronicles, I decided to skip ahead to Nic’s treatment and episodes of relapse. Far more interesting. And not only that, but very touching, moving, and candid. I really enjoyed the last 150 Gack free pages…

Which then takes me to Beautiful Boy, written by his daddy.

You know, it’s kind of funny. This book sort of annoyed me at first for entirely different reasons. I felt like the dad, David, was trying to throw in two many unnecessary “big” words into seemingly each sentence. Not that they were that high and mighty words, but they served more as obstacles than tools of description. But again, fortunately I stuck with it and really, really enjoyed the book.

Oh, I guess this is out of order, but both Nic and David wrote about the same time period. I guess that’s implied, but it was pretty interesting to read Nic’s account of certain specific events, and then read David’s book and find out that he was there or just missed his son at some event unbeknownst to Nic.

Anyways, if this is your cup of tea, then I recommend both books.  They give you a really good feel for the insidious nature of addiction.   How it affects the user and how it affects the family.  I LOVED Anthony Kiedes’ book better for entertainment purposes and because he is just pretty fascinating in general, but this is more touching and real.

I bid you good day.


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