This book felt a bit different than the other three. Okay, actually, it felt a lot different. For starters, the “problem” that the main character/narrator was having wasn’t obvious right from the beginning like in the others. In fact, it took almost until the very end of the book until we realize exactly what’s going on with him. Plus, he’s not being tapped to become one of the Riders, so it’s a much different dynamic between him and Death than the narrators of the other books.
I was really looking forward to reading this book. Back when I read the first two, they were brand new. I never finished the series because I moved overseas and wasn’t getting review copies anymore, so I forgot all about it. But then when I remembered, and realized that the series had been completed, I snapped up copies of the final two books!
In this memoir, we really get to learn more about Sheff’s inner workings in terms of his addictions in general – to drugs, yes, but also to alcohol, relationships, sex, and attention. Even though Nic doesn’t exactly stay “sober” for the entirety of We All Fall Down, he isn’t usually high, either, not at all like he was in Tweak.
As intense as David Sheff’s story was, Nic’s blows that out of the water. He tells his drug use like it really is, not just glazing over the terrifying parts. The life story that he depicts in Tweak is not just scary – it’s often horrifying.
School shootings – and other forms of school violence – are hot topics these days, particularly in Canada and, to a greater extent, the United States. Everyone wants to know why and how these things happen, and what makes these kids do such horrible things. Quite often, though, these ponderings are merely answered by sensationalist media, and most of us are never exposed to them in any calm, logical, or exploratory ways.