Tweak: Growing Up on Crystal Meth

Tweak: Growing Up on Crystal Meth

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By (author) Nic Sheff

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  • Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 26mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1847391621
  • ISBN 13: 9781847391629
  • Sales rank: 64,805

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'It was like being in a car with the gas pedal slammed down to the floor and nothing to do but hold on and pretend to have some semblance of control. But control was something I'd lost a long time ago.' Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. 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 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. He paints an extraordinary picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself.

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"Nic Sheff's wrenching tale is told with electrifying honesty and insight." -- Armistead Maupin, author of "The Night Listener" and "Michael Tolliver Lives"

Editorial reviews

In the publisher's second (and lesser) recent drug memoir, golden-boy-to-be Sheff recounts his descent from casual drinking and pot smoking as a teenager to heroin, cocaine and crystal-meth abuse in his early 20s. Full of jaw-tightening and occasionally grisly scenes of shooting up, deals gone bad, guns and sex, Sheff's story takes off like a shot in the arm with a terse, honest and spontaneous narrative. However, the page after page of needle-packing, drama and fighting among friends, lovers and drug partners eventually leads to desensitization and disconnect, which may be Sheff's point. But less patient readers, numbed by the truckload of troubles dumped on every page, may find themselves flipping through the pages to get to that point. Part 2 begins with what appears to be the author's recovery: Our hero, now seemingly clean - albeit temporarily - works part-time in a salon and publishes film reviews by night. Once again, however, he falls under the spell of romance and cocaine in the guise of a wealthy, L.A. socialite's daughter, and he's shipped off to rehab once again. A raw, directionless search for the truth. (For his father's side of the story, see Beautiful Boy, 2007) (Nonfiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)