Friday, March 29, 2019

Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines

Book: Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines
Author: Nic Sheff

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.-Goodreads
Review: Nic Sheff is from an upper-middle class family. He was a good student, a good athlete and an all-around nice guy. Nic was drinking by age 11, smoking pot by age 12, experimenting with coke and ecstasy before finding himself addicted to meth by age 17. Meth eventually lead to heroin. How does this happen? Tweak is Nic's story-raw, harrowing and frightening on every level. 

This book has extremely detailed sections about drug use and is not for the faint of heart. It is extremely disturbing. It's a tad repetitive at times (thus the 4 stars instead of 5) but a very good read. 

Grade: 4/5

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