Monday, July 23, 2018

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole - Review


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. SAVING BECK is now available! Check out the tour below, and pick up your copy of SAVING BECK today!


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Author: Courtney Cole
Publication Date:  17 July 2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series:  StandAlone
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Age Recommendation: 15 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars

Book Description:

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 heart wrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—it will leave you forever changed.


My Review:

This is one of  those books that's almost impossible to review.  It's poignant making it difficult to say anything negative without coming across a heartless.  Luckily I don't feel like I have any true negative feelings toward this book, except for dang-it, I don't like to cry when I read, haha.  

This is one of those book that makes you think: Would this be me?  Would I become this?  Would I react like this?  It makes you wonder how deep pain can go and how far are you willing to let it burrow into your soul.  What are you willing to do to make the pain stop?  How would you grieve? This book is a good reminder to all of us that it doesn't matter how strong you are. It's not about being weak.  It's not about the bonds that you have with family and friends.  Anxiety doesn't care. Depression doesn't care. Addiction doesn't care.  They can take anyone, anywhere, anytime, and once you're wrapped in their arms escape is a matter of life or death.  

This is a book that comes from the heart and soul of the author.  She is able to create such a realistic story because she has lived this truth, the truth of a child with an addiction.  It's hard to imagine the pain and fear that a parent goes through watching their child killing themselves in the hopes of stopping their pain and knowing that the child has to make the decision to live on their own, that we as the parent can not force them. Ms. Cole paints it vividly and heartbreakingly. Her pain and the pain of her child flow off the page and straight into your heart. You will feel in some minuscule way that you walked beside Beckett and Natalie, that you suffered with them. It's in the way Ms. Cole describes the small things that bring the book to life.  The number of times Natalie paces the hospital waiting room, the blend between reality and hallucination while Beckett struggles through addiction and sobriety.  The desperate beleif that 'your' child isn't falling apart, that everyone is is just making things up. The pain...for me it always comes back to the pain. It is in every corner of this book, even when there is happiness, the pain, regret, fear, it lingers.  

Saving Beck is a reminder that life is fragile and it only takes one moment to change it all.  What will we do with our moments?  How will we react to them and to others?  How do we change the current environment the has allowed opioid addiction to become an epidemic?  How will YOU look at the world differently now that Saving Beck has given you a small look into addition and the toll it takes on the addicted and their family. What is your truth and how willing are you to be honest about it?

Saving Beck is not a light read. It is emotional from the moment you start the dedication to well long after you close the back cover.  It's a book that will leave a little of it's pain in your heart, but I promise you that you need it there.  You need to see, to feel, to begin to understand so that when all is said and done maybe we can make a difference.

~ HAPPY (well....anyway) READING ~


 About Courtney Cole: Courtney Cole grew up in rural Kansas and now lives with her husband and kids in Florida, where she writes beneath palm trees and is still in love with the idea of magic and happily-ever-after. She is the author of Saving Beck.          

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Courtney Cole’s SAVING BECK – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
July 18th
Suey Library – Review & Excerpt
July 19th
Between The Lines – Review & Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt
White Hot Reads – Review
July 20th
Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt
Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Whoo Gives A Hoot – Review
July 21st
Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt
KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt
July 22nd
Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt
Roxy's Reviews – Review
Simply Crystal – Review & Excerpt
July 23rd
Brittany's Book Blog – Excerpt
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
Two Books in a shelf – Review & Excerpt
July 24th
Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt
July 25th
Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt
July 26th
Just Me & My Kindle – Excerpt
Margaux – Review & Excerpt
July 27th
A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Excerpt
Nose Stuck In A Book – Review & Excerpt
July 28th
Books, Booze, & Brunch – Review & Excerpt
M&J's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt


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