ARC Book Review | Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

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Title: Saving Beck
Author: Courtney Cole
Publish Date: July 17, 2018 by Gallery Books
# of Pages: 304
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) 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.


Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 5
Ending – 5
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5

Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Saving Beck by Courtney Cole is a harrowing book about addiction and one young man’s journey through the darkness. Addiction is a fiend, and it feeds on the living. Addiction doesn’t just affect the user–it affects the user’s family and friends. In Saving Beck, Cole captures this reality perfectly as she showcases the impact of Beck’s actions.

I absolutely loved this novel. It was a startling look at a tough life. This book was heartbreaking–yet hopeful–and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me cry.

The writing was simple but beautiful, and the book kept a steady pace throughout. This book was a page-turner--I couldn’t put it down.

The book jumped back and forth between the perspective of Beck and the perspective of Beck’s mom, Natalie. I really enjoyed getting into the head of the addict as well as the person he’s impacting the most, his mother. The story starts off at a gallop and flashes back and forth between past and present. I liked the back story–the reason behind the addiction–just as much as I liked the present-day text. I liked getting to know Beck through the flash backs and appreciated the way his history painted him as a real person. He’s human–albeit troubled. He’s not simply an addict.

The ending is a portrait of hope. The path of addiction isn’t easy, but with a solid support system, there’s a way out. Beck’s path isn’t easy, and the book never pretends that it is. I liked the ending, and the way all the seemingly loose ends were tied together.

Courtney Cole’s son battled with addiction, so she understands firsthand what it’s like to live with an addict. Her intimate knowledge of addiction came out through the characters in the book. They were realistic and perfectly imperfect. Natalie is a struggling mom who battles grief and depression. She doesn’t have it all together, and that’s okay. Beck is swamped under the pressure of a guilt. He’s a good kid who makes bad decisions.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to others. If you’re looking for something a little different to read, pick this one up!

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.pro_reader_120


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