A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing. Full description
A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing.
263 pages ; 22 cm
Nic Sheff is a columnist for The Fix and the author of two memoirs about his struggles with addiction, the New York Times -bestselling Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines and We All Fall Down . He also wrote for the hit TV series The Killing . Nic lives in Los Angeles, California. Follow @nic_sheff.
Meet Nic Sheff, the bestselling author of Tweak , an unforgettable memoir, who now delivers a gripping debut novel.
"As a teenager and young adult, I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as severe mental illness issues--bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis. My first two books were memoirs about my experience battling addiction. For my first novel, I wanted to continue my exploration of psychological issues within the framework of a thriller. When two of my family's friends, both high-schoolers, were diagnosed with schizophrenia, I began researching the illness. Apparently this disease, which often lies dormant in teens, has been surfacing earlier and earlier in those with a genetic predisposition to the illness after these kids try smoking pot--because our pot is so much stronger than it ever has been. I wanted to examine what happens to someone who experiences the symptoms of schizophrenia while still a teenager, someone trying to balance the hardships of mental illness at such a fragile time of life--the everyday struggles of high school and relationships. Much of the novel is borrowed from my own experience, but it is also a departure. I hope it shows that mental illness is not a death sentence."