Book Review Of “Saving Beck” By Courtney Cole @GalleryBooks

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. (Synopsis and Photo from Goodreads)

Thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for my free E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 Stars.

This was such a sad story, reading about how Beck struggled with coping with his father’s death, his mother falling apart, having to take care of his younger siblings, because his mom won’t leave her bed. All the while trying to stay strong from himself.

He was the super star athlete, with everything going for him, who let drugs get the best of him. You witness the downfall, the heartache and the pressure that Beck put on himself, causing him to crack.

This book was written from Beck’s POV in his current state, and his past, and from Natalie’s current POV. It takes place in the 24 hours that Beck is in a coma from his drug overdose. It is so incredibly well done. Their emotions jump off the page at you. I felt like I was there the first time Beck stuck a needle in his arm, I was there screaming “No, don’t do it, put it down” from that first needle stick I was addicted to this book, like he was addicted to his drug.

This is such a complex story, it is about so much more than drug addiction. It does give a wonderful insight to how the whole family struggles, how everyone is affected by this terrible epidemic. Everyone in this book is fighting their own battle in this story. From Beck, to his mother, to his aunt, to his girlfriend, to his dad’s best friend, to his younger siblings. Everyone plays a part in this book I can safely say this is one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.

 

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