Welcome to my new feature, Dragging Up the Past, where we are going to spotlight not necessarily old books but books that don’t get as much attention as they deserve. Hopefully this is going to become a every Tuesday thing. With a different book and a different Blogger every week.
Here’s this week’s Dragging Up the Past from Kari at A Good Addiction:
Nic Sheff’s Tweak is an autobiographical tale of drug abuse- and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is one of those books that wormed its way into my mind, stealing my thoughts at all times even when I wasn’t actively reading. The writing is admittedly not astounding but this is written from the mind of someone deep into amphetamine use and I wouldn’t really expect it to be scholarly. It is hard to watch what happens with Nic’s family and friends and incredibly frustrating to watch him start to build up only to turn and fall again. In a lucid state of mind and as someone who’s never even tried meth, it seems so easily to just write him off as another addict and a loser, blaming it solely on him and just say ‘he isn’t strong enough.’ But that is one of the reasons I am recommending this book- the reader sees things from HIS viewpoint and HIS state of mind, and even if the reasons aren’t the greatest, it makes more sense and you can understand.
There is drug use (obviously) along with sex, language, and pretty much anything else that you can imagine goes with a life of drugs and living on the street. Keep that in mind for the younger readers but at the same time, there are plenty of preteens that fall into this sort of life all the time. It is sad and heartbreaking but also true and for that reason, I think this is a read across the ages. It’s not a romance or a fantasy- it’s hard, raw truth. This book will show you first hand how easy it is to fall into drugs, how insurmountable it seems to climb out, and how despite all that it is still easy to slip back in. The cruel, life long struggle against addiction is summed up remarkably in this book and really shows the addict’s side of this in a society that often turns their back on these people.
Originally published in 2008, this book hit shelves as a paperback in the beginning of 2009 with an updated afterward. While there could have been buzz about it at the time, I haven’t seen this book show up in the past few months on any of the numerous blogs I follow and its with that in mind I am spotlighting it today.
Thank you to Lori for letting me step in for this guest post and highlight something I felt to be a really amazing book.
Kari (A Good Addiction)
Thank you Kari! Now let’s all go put that on our wish lists!!
I would like to have a different Blogger highlighting a book every week. So if you would like to write a post for this feature please e-mail me at pureimagination77(at)gmail(dot)com