(growing up on Methamphetamines)

Book - 2009
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Sheff relates his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol in this poignant and often disturbing memoir. Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect choice for narrator; his stern and entirely believable voice captures the desolation in Sheff's tale. His reading is wonderfully underplayed, and necessarily so. Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Edition: 1st Atheneum Books for Young Readers pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781416972198
Branch Call Number: 362.299 She YA
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 21 cm.


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"Sheff relates his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol in this poignant and often disturbing memoir." This title is also available from St. Tammany Parish Library as a downloadable audiobook from our OverDrive or Libby service.

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Mar 20, 2019

A heartbreaking story of drug addiction. The autobiography of Nic Sheff, the son of a couple that divorced when Nic was very young. Nic is brutally honest about the things he did in order to obtain the drugs he wanted, his struggle with relationships and his battle with rehabilitation. This is not an easy book to read, it tears you heart out, makes you cry and I found myself talking to Nic and saying, "No, no, don't do it."

Mar 03, 2016

This is an amazing, honest autobiography of Nic Sheff who suffers from meth addiction. I recommend this book to anyone curious as to what meth addiction is like. Also, I recommend following this book with Beautiful Boy. It tells the same story, but it is written by Nic's father, so you get to read the story of meth addiction from a parent's perspective.

Jan 17, 2014

It wasn't a completely bad book, I just didn't enjoy it as much as others. I felt that Nic was a little bit on the whiny side. I am glad that he finally was able to wake up and get help and follow through with that.

Oct 23, 2012

Ok...So I finally finished this book. It is the true life account of a struggling addict. It says "Growing up on methamphetamines" but really this guy does everything when he relapses. Including meth. I fell in love with this book and with
him as a person. He is so very honest and at times had me laughing out loud. This book was better than scar tissue. It is worthy of respect because he spends a lot of time discussing his recovery process and living life clean and the work required. Probably my favorite all time biography of an addict.

May 22, 2012

A harrowing intense account from Nic Sheff and his hairpin journey into the heart of Meth addiction, identity, mental health issues,family and what walking into Rehab is all about. He has written another book 'All Fall Down' -as he stuggles still with Meth- The drug that refuses to release any victim in its path- leaving Doctors in Emergency rooms bracing themselves for the fallout. His Dad also wrote his view as a parent in "Beautiful Boy".

this book was amazing it followed his life of drugs with zelda and lauren and his relationship with his mom, dad daisy and the other kid and Nic goign to the SAfe passage centre was i believe the smartest idea he had made so far i was told the second book was horrible and i just got finished reading this book

LauraGolubski Jan 05, 2012

Probably my favorite book of all-time. The writing flows effortlessly and is relate-able if you've ever dealt with addiction, depression, or feelings of self-doubt.

Jun 26, 2011

This book is a great summer read for teens it covers some tough topics and can drag on at times but over all is defiantly worth he read !!!

LocketLibrarian May 12, 2011

good--and should be read along with his father's book to see both sides of the story.

Apr 28, 2011

This book is pretty unbelievable. Unbelievable that he has survived to write another book

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