Friday, October 18, 2019

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

Reminiscent of the beloved novels by Mary Kubica and Jodi Picoult comes a chilling portrayal of a son’s addiction and its harrowing effects on both him and his mother from New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole.

There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough. 

The cold needle in his warm vein was a welcome comfort to my son at first. But then it became the monster that kept us apart. 

Heroin lied, and my son believed. It took him to a world where the last year didn’t happen, to a place where his father was still alive. What Beck didn’t understand was that it couldn’t bring his father back from the dead. It couldn’t take away his pain, not permanently. 

You think it can’t happen to you, that your kids, your family, will never be in this situation. 
I thought that too. But you’re wrong. 

Step into our world, and see for yourself. 
Watch my golden boy become a slave to this raging epidemic. Watch me try and save him. 

Drug addiction comes with a price. 
Trust me, you’re not equipped to pay it. 

Don’t miss this heartwrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—it will leave you forever changed.


At times Saving Beck was hard to read. I fought back tears while reading several scenes. It's exactly what the author intended. Saving Beck was REAL. I felt as if I was going through this struggle with Beck and Natalie, his mother. 

I don't want to sound ignorant, but I've never been exposed to someone with an addiction. I've never witnessed first hand how it can destroy someone, destroy a family. With each turn of the page, I saw how addiction can destroy a person, and their family. Every choice the addict makes, effects the family.  People have this idea that their child or loved one would never become an addict. They would never try drugs. All it takes is ONE TRY, and they can become hooked. It doesn't matter what your social status is, what your income is, what type of family you have, where you live. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, as in Saving Beck, you clearly see.  

Courtney Cole, the author, loosely based this book on the experience with her son becoming an addict. In Saving Beck, Beck's father was an attorney, his mother a realtor.  He had the perfect upbringing, his future was bright, but after ONE catalyst event, his life was altered forever. Tragedy struck his family, and he buried the guilt which plagued him day in and day out. It took one pill, to get him hooked on the feeling of numbing the pain.

Courtney Cole said it best. 
"Where there is life, there is hope. That is something I've learned, and it something we should all remember." 
People on the outside usually have the most opinions. Why aren't the parent's forcing their child to get clean? Why aren't they putting their child in rehab? When in reality, the family is usually doing the best the can. It's the addicts choice. The family can only do so much. 
"Loving someone with an addiction is like being on a terrible roller coaster that you can never get off."
I've had this book on my Kindle for quite some time, and overlooked it time and time again. Saving Beck is a book I will recommend to others.

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