Tweak by Nic Sheff: The twisted journey of an addict

Tweak Book by Nic Scheff - Book ReviewLet me start by saying I’m no book worm; reading a pamphlet is a push for me. I went camping this weekend and while running through Target to grab some last minute camping crap this book caught my eye; well uh…mainly because I write for a blog that is solely devoted to methamphetamine. Cruising by the book section of Target the cover with it’s scrambled mess and the word “TWEAK” caught my eye. I thought to myself – could that really be a book about what I think it’s about? And in Target of all places? Nah…I almost passed it up when the tiny phrase on the cover pulled me in: |Growing up on Methamphetamines| – Ok Sold.

I started reading Nic Sheff’s memoir about growing up on meth sometime Sunday and I didn’t want to put it down; In fact I couldn’t. I read all 322 pages in three evenings. Each time I had to put the book down; I found my mind drifting off – wondering what happened to Nic next. The first such time was right about a quarter of the way through the book when he is seeing this girl named Lauren that is just as tweaked out as he is; as I read I felt myself cringing, thinking to myself “Damn, I really hope he ends up leaving this chick, there is some serious co-dependency going on here”. Soon thereafter, I realized that I have read too much about addiction and co-dependency and that I needed sleep. I had some wacky dream last night and I woke up at 5AM not really sure if I had a really bad dream or if I even went to sleep. I glanced over to find the fricken book that I fell asleep reading on my pillow – that answered my question. The book beckoned me and darn it, I wanted to know what happened with Nic and Laren and Gack and Bullet and on and on…. I wished I could pick it up and keep reading, but I had to go on with business as usual. I managed to get through the work day with enough time to finish the book. The ending left me curious and I found myself searching online to find out more about Nic Scheff – specifically wanting to know how he is doing today; he’s a pretty interesting guy.

The book takes you through the wild twists and turns in the life of a recovering addict. Through relapses and hardships you can always see through Nic’s writing that he is a kind soul. He is ever aware of the the pain and destruction he is causing those around him, but his addiction to meth is too strong to “just quit” as the sober people around him would have liked him to. There are several parts of this book I wanted to quote here, but I don’t want to ruin the story for you so I will save it for another day.

If you are at all interested in getting a realistic glimpse into the life of a meth addict then I highly recommend this book. There are some mildly sexually explicit parts and the F bomb is dropped on occasion, but I think that’s what makes it real. The author couldn’t have written about his life as a meth addict realistically without writing in the way he does.

Enough on that – this book rawks, so go get it.


  • Jerome

    i’m just wondering, is this the nic sheff that was also on the book, ‘a beautiful boy’ by david sheff?

  • Jerome

    i’m just wondering, is this the nic sheff that was also on the book, ‘a beautiful boy’ by david sheff?

  • http://somechicksblog.com Some Chick

    Hello Jerome – it sure is the same Nic Sheff. His father wrote the book you are referring to. That is next on my list of books to read :)

  • http://somechicksblog.com Some Chick

    Hello Jerome – it sure is the same Nic Sheff. His father wrote the book you are referring to. That is next on my list of books to read :)

  • Trish

    Just finished David Sheff’s “Beautiful Boy” for my book club about two days ago. Definitely find time to read it– it will provide the complete picture along with what you read in “Tweak,” to give an even more intimate picture of Nic, and the beginnings of his addiction with meth. I’d heard about “Tweak,” but somehow did not make that connection, or recall the author’s name until someone mentioned it that day of our discussion. I had been think how it would be interesting to hear things from Nic’s point of view– and there it was– “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.” I look forward to reading it.

  • Trish

    Just finished David Sheff’s “Beautiful Boy” for my book club about two days ago. Definitely find time to read it– it will provide the complete picture along with what you read in “Tweak,” to give an even more intimate picture of Nic, and the beginnings of his addiction with meth. I’d heard about “Tweak,” but somehow did not make that connection, or recall the author’s name until someone mentioned it that day of our discussion. I had been think how it would be interesting to hear things from Nic’s point of view– and there it was– “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.” I look forward to reading it.

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  • cole

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  • http://www.pisceshanna.wordpress.com Hanna

    Yeah I'm ordering this book. Have you read “Crank”? I keep re-reading it, and I think I like it better every time. The first time was hard, because the page layout is hard to read. The words are lined in visual patterns, as if a meth addict were seeing images in the writing. The writing itself is not incredible. It wasn't written by the addict herself, but by her mother. It IS based on a true story, but you can tell its not completely authentic as a teenager's voice. I do like the book, but I'm more excited to read “Tweak” and “Beautiful Boy.”

  • http://somechicksblog.com SomeChick

    I have admittedly not read it yet. As I mentioned above I suck when it comes to books. I get 1/4 – 1/2 of the way through and leave them usually. It takes alot to get me to read a book all the way through. I litlerally have 5+ half read books on my nightstand – haha!
    I have heard alot about the Crank book though and I will possibly pick it up someday :)
    Let me know if you like Tweak!

  • Ricky

    I just finished reading this book. Its really good. I like how Nic explains everything and his writing style.

  • alexis

    yes it is.

  • alexis

    you talked about thinking and hoping he'll leave lauren. but i was the complete opposite. i kept thinking what the fuck is going to happen to them,

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  • Janelle

    I just bought this book. And i finished it! It's F**king AMAZING! :D

  • Janelle

    I just bought this book. And i finished it! It's F**king AMAZING! :D

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  • Lorena

    The book caught my eye with the title “Tweak”. Im no bookworm either but MAN!, this book is amazing. One of my favorite actually. Just read the back and it was already in the cart(:

  • Katie

    Crank is a good book, as is Tweak. If you like Crank, you'll surely like Ellen Hopkins other books. Have you read the squeal to Crank? It's called Glass. It's also very good, but not as compelling as Crank. My favorite book by Ellen Hopkins is Burned. I also like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Go Ask Alice.

    These are all really good books, about young teens trying to overcome the struggles in their own lives. They seem to keep me interested!
    :] Hope you enjoy!

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    The most striking thing for me in Nic's story is how at the very bottom – when virtually all is lost – the only thing that remains is the most sober of thoughts: “it's time to get clean”. And at a time and in a condition where no hidden reservoirs of strength remain, the fight of a lifetime begins.

  • Lisa

    Bought Tweak lastnight and started reading it. Unfortunately had to put it down to get some get sleep for work today, but the first 20 pages that I read lastnight got me totally hooked!!! I have been searching the net for everything I can find out about this book. Cant wait to get home to finish it!!

  • Chris.

    I read Tweak in the beginning of gr.10 when i was experimenting with Ecstasy and i loved the book it helped me get through and addiction i could not put the book down

  • princess

    i need help, its for a skul assignment over the summer.
    this book is really gud , buht at some parts i dont understand..
    i jus need to make sure i got the right main characters n main locations
    can u guys name which ones are the main ones?

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  • http://emspinkcloud.blogspot.com Em

    I read his father's book “Beautiful Boy” and can't wait to read “Tweak” next.

  • Nicole

    I’m reading the book now, i’m about 3/4 finished. I think Nic Sheff is one of the best authors I have discovered and I respect him highly.

  • tay

    you might like crank/glass series

  • Maria Poirier

    I love Crank! I’m reading it now!

  • Samm Farrell

    Yeah,
    this book is remarkable.
    I was given a choice between a book titled “Unwind” or Tweak for my english honors 1 summer assignment.
    It was noted that tweak has graphic material, i guessed it would be about drugs by the title.
    But, I did enjoy this book.
    Sorta stumped on the project, but it was a good read most definately.

  • Living Life

    I started doing meth (among other drugs) at 16 and continued to age 20. Throughout that I did and was witness to some pretty terrible things. I have been clean for 10 years now and life is wonderful. Anyone out there who is fighting this or any other addiction know that you can turn your life around…it’s never too late.

  • Karina Stephany

    I liked the book a lot , but it took me like a month to finally read it . lol

  • tammy

    i bought your dads book beautiful boy for my husband to read our son is a meth addict and my husband calls him his boy my husband is drug and alch free so he is sick and hurt about our son hes bee a addict since he was 17 he is now 25 it is a nightmare wondering worrying if hes dead or alive lots of heartbreak well in dec of 2010 he got caught by the law went to jail for nine months a felony charge at 23 yrs old well presnt he has been clean for 18 months goes to school full time and works part time goes to n/a meetings bought his own car we are so very very proud and tell him everyday it took jail and tough love which was the hardest thing i ever did hes my only child so it can happen u have to want it and tell them how proud daily cause relaspe can happen anytime

  • Toni

    I am reading this book now. So strange that I find this blog on the internet today. I am addicted to meth. I’m struggling with living right now. I’ve lost everything even my soul. The last post I see was by Hanna. That is my daughters name and spelled that way too. God this is the most painful thing I’ve ever felt. The needle just doesn’t help anymore. I wish God would take me, I don’t want to live this way.

  • Chris Reinholz

    man, I want to sent you a copy of my book! i really am seeking a comparison to Tweaked, you are an amazing writer, and deep, thoughtful and knowledgeable. I would love to chat with you..