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    A glimpse into one family's struggle w/addiction..

    Life is never perfect, no matter how hard you try to achieve balance. Adding a traumatic event to the mix, and life can unravel in the most unexpected of ways. From the outside – Natalie seemed to have it all. Until one fateful night changed the course of her family’s life in ways none of them could have imagined. Natalie was a typical suburban mother raising three children while happily married. Now tragedy has riddled their home in the most unimaginable ways. Deeply rooted in grief, Natalie is no longer present in the daily lives of her family. The responsibilities of the home are resting on the shoulders of Natalie’s oldest child…..Beckitt. Getting the younger siblings ready for school, making sure they are fed, and putting them to bed at night has all become the daily routine for a young man that should be thinking about college. What no one realizes is just how precarious this situation actually is headed. Beck is harboring his own secrets. At some point, the teen begins to require help coping with the daily demands at home. That help comes in the form of marijuana and prescription drugs. Bit by bit the temporary relief that Beck feels from these forms of comfort quickly transform into an addiction. As his life spirals out of control, Beck begins to withdraw from the things that have brought him so much joy in life. No one is immune from Beck’s spiral into another life. With pain and depression overtaking her own life, Natalie fails to notice how desperate things have become with Beck. As family and friends point out the possibilities of something major occurring with Beck, Natalie brushes off the suggestions. A crisis that spirals to a point of hopelessness in this sea of pain and turmoil. Now that Natalie realizes the depth of Beck’s circumstance, the damage is far beyond a simple hug or phone call. How can Natalie help Beck without losing herself in the process?? First let me start by saying you NEED this book in your collection!! Courtney Cole has written a poignant tale of how the nation’s opiate crisis affects each member of a family. Told from the parent and addicts perspectives, this novel will lead readers on a painful and necessary look into the devastation that addiction has on each person in a family. While Cole has been very vocal about her son’s own struggle with addiction and the toll it takes on a family, the author dives into the trauma of this fictitious family head on. While so many families find themselves in similar situations, how they handle the toll of addiction varies from person to person. As I read this novel, I couldn’t help feeling so much emotion for the characters. The destruction evident with each turn of the page. Awareness often seems like a mute point when dealing with addition. After all the ‘just say no’ campaign no longer seems to work in this climate. Cole gives readers the gritty realistic views of just how hard it is to overcome a disease that is fueled by the accessibility of the drugs that lead this ever increasing epidemic. This novel is brutally honest. In fact – it’s the most realistic glimpse into the darkness that I have probably ever read to date. The emotions…..well, there were times where I felt a tear run down my face more than I could have anticipated. The realism of a disease that grips so many detailed with each turn of the page. Saving Beck is definitely one book that will restore your belief in faith, hope, and the journey of unending love.

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