Beautiful Boy - David Sheff

Beautiful Boy

By David Sheff

  • Release Date: 2009-01-06
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 618 Ratings


#1 New York Times bestseller
With a new afterword

Now a Major Motion Picture
Starring Steve Carell * Timothée Chalamet * Maura Tierney * and Amy Ryan

 “A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” — Anne Lamott

“‘When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.’ That’s ultimately what Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing.” — Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia
What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls—is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.
“Filled with compelling anecdotes and important insights . . . An eye-opening memoir.” — Washington Post


  • Amazing

    By Miranda129
    This book hit close to home. Amazing story
  • Beautiful story

    By Tbubriski
    I read this book a few years back. I was in tears!
  • Awesome

    By IsabellaCaprice
    Loved it. Went on to read the books by his son Nic Sheff. Also amazing. David Sheff even replied to me on Facebook!
  • Beautiful boy

    Written well and very informative
  • Simply brilliant!

    By jvsgooch
    I honestly can't say enough about how incredibly well-written this book truly is. Meticulously researched, it provides an entire mountain of information, explaining everything this father never wanted to learn about meth and addiction, but felt he needed to learn. In the desperate battle to save his son's life, this father comes very close to losing his own. As his son relapses repeatedly following treatment, the father grows increasingly more desperate and despondent. The continuous stress, worry, and self-recriminations, as he blames himself for his son's addiction, and searches frantically for solutions, takes it toll. Upon waking up in ICU following a brain hemorrhage, this father begins to realize that he himself has become an addict--addicted to his son's addiction. With a wife and 2 other small children who also need him, this father now faces an even harder decision. Whether to continue battling for his son's life, or his own? This is probably the best book ever written on this subject, certainly the best one I've ever read. The knowledge and insight it provides is invaluable. Especially for anyone struggling in coming to terms with the addiction of someone they love. This book was written in 2008, and I understand Mr. Sheff is currently writing a follow-up. All I can say is that I can hardly wait for it to hit the shelves!
  • Soooo relatable

    By LaborLovinRN
    This book was so HARD, but so necessary to read! David, you were so able to capture my thoughts, anguish, feelings, love, pain, and on and on! You gave my struggle with my daughters addiction a voice. I am so grateful!
  • Amazing

    By Alexiskori
    This book, I learned of in a CARE class I was court ordered to take due to my probation because I was addicted to heroin for a few years. Sheff's account of his and his family's battle ran very parallel to my family's experiences, I played Nic's role in my story, but with a different devastating drug. I wanted to read about what the experience was for my parents. I must say, it was heart wrenching, real, and so well written. As an addict reading this, I couldn't help but to replay similar situations that we had been through in my head. If you're the parent of an addict, a friend of one, a sibling, a cousin, an aunt/uncle, grandparent, or an addict you should definitely read this. It was one of the best books I have ever read.
  • Loved it

    By Foskina6
    Considering I hate sappy struggle books about making it alive, I was so pleasantly surprised when I finished thus book. It s witty, quick, profoundly personal and brutally honest. I loved it
  • Incredible

    By Jason1812
    Read this and his son Nic's books. All are incredible,