Beautiful Boy by David Sheff 1. Sheff intrigued me with his story just by the back of the book. The entire story is about his eldest son, Nic, who is an amazing student as a child; however, his childhood begins to fade when he gets into the life of drugs and alcohol. The experiences and hardships that the author goes through is very emotional which really kept me reading. 2. The setting affects the author and his story. The book takes place in modern day times as in 2008. This impacts the author and his experiences because this is the time where drugs became more known and they were easy to get which made it harder for Nic, David Sheff’s son, to stop the drug abuse. 3. The themes in this book are patience and faith. David must be patient towards the recovery of his son’s drug addiction. He knows that this process cannot happen over-night no matter how hard he wishes it could be that easy. He waits patiently for Nic to get better. Nic, however, goes through rough patches while on this journey to succession, but his father always has faith in him. I think that David and Nic’s experiences were incredibly traumatic. Sheff felt the pain that his son went through while being an addict and felt the need to share it with others. Another reason Sheff might have wanted to share this experience is because he wanted to show the difficulty and how bad it is to take drugs. 4. “When Nic was growing up, I thought I would be content with whatever choices he made in his life… Now I live with the knowledge that, never mind the most modest definition of a normal or healthy life, my son may not make it to twenty-one”(195-196). This proves the understanding that David has over his son’s life and that even though he believed at one point that Nic’s decisions will be made by himself, Nic has not made all the right decisions. This proved to David that his son needs guidance through out his whole life because once you are a father you are always a father. I chose this
A book that I would not have normally picked up, Beautiful Boy, by David Sheff, has recently broadened my horizons. This book is about a father’s journey throughout his son’s drug addiction and alcoholism, yet so much more. While reading this book, I pondered my own life, my own path. This book is an insight to the emotional trauma inflicted on family members of an addict.
I have no personal experience with drugs or alcohol, only stories and scenes from movies, but I have been taught….
Beautiful boy is by David Sheff is about his son Nic’s transformation from a sweet, intelligent, and outgoing child into a lying, cheating, stealing drug addict. Sheff’s life starts where a father should at the beggining of Nic’s birth. He detailed the many adventures that him and nick had before his painful divorce from Nic’s mother, that moved from San Fransisco to Los Angeles. Due to the divorce Nic was up for a custody arrangement that pulled him between the two places on a daily basis. The story….
In the book Beautiful Boy David Sheff the father describes his and his family’s experience dealing with his son Nic who is addicted to the drug crystal meth. In telling his story David takes us down memory lane to the beginning of his life with his first wife who gives birth to his son Nic.
In this book I think that David Sheff lays down a great foundation into the life of his son Nic. He tells us how brilliant Nic is, that Nic has a great imagination and that all of his teachers….
In this book I think that David Sheff lays down a great visual into the life of his son Nic. He tells us how brilliant Nic is, that Nic has a great imagination and that all of his teachers think that he is a very smart and intelligent boy. But on the other hand he also lets us know that Nic is torn between the fact that he has to live two lives, one with his father, David, and one with his mother, Vicki. In the beginning it was good because his mother did not live to far from him but when she relocates….
In his memoir, Beautiful Boy, David Sheff narrates his own, his family’s, and his son’s years of struggle revolving around drug usage. Beginning in 1982, Sheff resides in Berkeley, California, with his wife Vicki. That year, they have their first child, Nic. When Nic is three years old, Sheff and Vicki divorce. Nic is bright; involved with school, art, sports, etc. He has a wide range of friends and grows to love books, music, and movies. He is confident and unafraid to go against the norm. When….
One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing you helped someone. There are so many professions in the world that evolves helping people, such as: doctors’, nurses and direct care. Counseling also comes to mind. Counseling is a great way to give another individual security. Your words can help someone make it though the day. There are three major factors that counselors hold close to them: confidently, honesty and trust.
Reading two different accounts of the story of a drug addict allows much room for comparison between the two. In the case of David and Nic Sheff’s books, I was surprised at how much similarity there was between the two; they agreed on most points and there was no striking discontinuity in their stories. There is, however, a significant difference in the perspectives from which the two are told. Naturally, Nic, as the addict son, takes on a more self-centered view. In David’s book it is clear that….
Beautiful Boy Application
1. Apply the concepts of Piaget to Nic’s development.
The fourth stage in Piagets Theory is Formal Operational Period. In this stage, which begins around eleven years of age and continues through adulthood, children become capable of applying mental operations to abstract concepts. They can imagine and reason about hypothetical situations. From this point on, people start to think in abstract, systematic, and logical ways. I believe that this is the stage that got….
The identified speaker is the Author David Sheff as he give accounts of his family ultimately leading to the struggle of his son’s addiction. I can make the immediate assumption that Sheff and his family are at of a middle class family from the various accounts of trips they go on and the somewhat financially-easy transition of a divorce in the family. Sheff seems to have a good handling of his adolescent boy and it makes me assume that he comes from a background of experiences in his teenage years….
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David the Boy Raised as a Girl
In 1965 in Canada Janet Reimer gave birth to healthy twin boys Bruce and Brian but during routine medical procedure goes horribly wrong and the Reamers’ were faced with a horrible decision to make to raise their son with a deformation or to raise their son as a daughter. With this unbearable decision they searched from doctor to doctor to find what to do, when they found dr. money they thought they had found their savior, he had a theory….