From the addict's perspective, David's son, Nic honestly and heartbreakingly describes his addictions and struggles for recovery. I read this book immediately after Beautiful Boy. As a reader, I found it very enlightening to read about the exact same person's drug addiction, but this time from the addict himself. Nic describes how he turned to drugs as an escape as a teenager and quickly found himself neglecting all of the activities and people in his life. Just as I could empathize with a father's struggle with his son's addiction, I found myself caring deeply about Nic and rooting for him to overcome this addiction that has taken so much of his life.
Together, A Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines tell the gripping and emotional tale of Nic Sheff's decent into drug addiction and the impact his addiction has on the entire Sheff family. While both books artfully chronicle Nic's drug addiction and the ups and downs of addiction and recovery, each book is told from the author's own point of view and personal experience.