Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

Saving Beck

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 m...

Details Saving Beck

TitleSaving Beck
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books

Reviews Saving Beck

  • Bernadette
    Saving Beck by Courtney Cole is a novel about addiction and its effect on a family. The book is written from the viewpoint of Natalie, a suburban mom of three, and her eldest son Beckitt or “Beck.” Beck is smart, handsome and athletic, the traditional “all American teenager”. The family experiences a traumatic event and Natalie can't cope, she checks out emotionally, becoming so depressed that Beck becomes the main caregiver for his young...
  • Dianne
    A family implodes as death takes their father and husband. As one woman struggles with the loss of her soulmate, one child will take the weight of the world on his shoulders, a weight that will prove too much when he finds he cannot live with the guilt of blame he places on himself. Beck will spiral into the false promises of escape in the abyss of drug addiction that will shred what remains of the life he once knew. Now he lies near death, comat...
  • Courtney
    5+++++++++++ Stars If I could, I would give this book ALL THE STARS!!!!I knew going into this book that it was going to be an emotional read for me. I knew that going in, this book was loosely based on Courtney and her son's battle with addiction. Watching a loved one battle any addition in any way, is so hard for those of us standing on the side lines wanting to help and having no idea what to do. I had tears in my eyes at the dedication and the...
  • Donna
    This one is difficult for me to review without coming off as unfeeling and cynical, but here it is. Natalie and Matt are the loving parents of three great children. Beck is the oldest of the three - a good student, a football star, and a loving son with a beautiful girlfriend. Life is great, practically perfect, and high school graduation is just around the corner. Then tragedy strikes in the form of a car accident in which Matt is killed and Bec...
  • Talon
    ”I’d never felt so low. I’d never felt so sub-human. But even still, I waited for them to return, because I needed what they had more than I needed pride. More than I even needed to breathe.” Courtney, Courtney, Courtney. I wish the words that I typed right now could do you the justice you so deserve with Saving Beck. Unfortunately- they won’t. Nothing I say can. Because I know how painful this one was for you write and I wish I could h...
  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    I'm not even sure where to start with my review. I have been reading Courtney Cole for a long time yet nothing has ever touched me as much as Saving Beck has. Maybe it's because I am a mother... maybe it's because this is every parent's worst nightmare... maybe because it's so relatable, so scary, so very real... this book frightened me yet gave me such hope.Life is not perfect. You can pray and wish for all good things never knowing what God has...
  • Melinda
    This is a Goodreads giveaway win! This is the second emotionally heavy book I've read this month! I think I see a pattern starting! Saving Beck is about a son addicted to drugs, the path that led him there and a mother's struggle to save him.Beck is on the fast track to a college of his choice with a football scholarship and a bright future in front of him when his world is flipped upside down. Him and his dad take a road trip to visit Notre Dame...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I started this book last night and after a few chapters had to put it down because my mind wasn't set for such a heavy read. So I started another book and a few chapters into that one, felt myself drawn back to picking this one back up. I probably would've stayed up late to finish it had I had some decent sleep the night before. I did have time this morning to finish it and I was right, this IS a heavy, heavy read.People have the tendency to thin...
  • Ashley Rae
    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 heartbreakin...
  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    Thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for my free E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.This was such a sad story, reading about how Beck struggled with coping with his father's death, his mother falling apart, having to take care of his younger siblings, because his mom won't leave her bed. All the while trying to stay strong from himself. He was the super star athlete, with everything going for him, who let drugs ge...
  • Staci
    This is an intense and heartbreaking story about grief and addiction but is also about hope and redemption. It is very fast paced and once I began reading I didn’t want to put it down. This story is emotionally-charged and there was truly never a moment, until the very end, where I felt like I could take a deep breath.Natalie lost her husband in a tragic car accident and is drowning in grief as a result. Beck, her eldest son, was driving the ca...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    This will be my second book from this author!!    
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    Oof. This was a tough read.I mean, it was a compelling read, don't get me wrong. I read it voraciously and quickly. It was well written, and flowed smoothly between events occurring in the present, and events that occurred in the past. It was interesting - but heart-wrenching. I felt some things like a punch to the gut. As a mom, this story completely shattered my heart. As a reader, I could not put the book down.It's definitely reminiscent of Jo...
  • Amy
    Saving Beck addresses a major current epidemic we are dealing with as a country, drug addiction and overdosing with heroin, head on. Quite an emotional read, where I found myself in tears at some points of this story. Beck has it all good looking, smart, and quarterback on the varsity football team, taking them to the playoffs and sure to land a major scholarship. A car accident leaves his father dead and his world forever changed, as he spirals ...
  • Grace
    4.25 starsAn emotional story about coping with loss and guilt, and the personal battle to rise above the pain.If you know the author or follow her on FB, then you already know her backstory. If you don't, then it is worth noting that this is a very personal story for her, and as I reader, I could tell by reading it, that it was a cathartic process for her given her personal connection to the sad epidemic of addiction.This story is told from two P...
  • Misty
    "Can you even write a review after that?" ~ Misty, White Hot ReadsThere are so many things I want to touch on with this one even knowing nothing I could write will ever ever give this story justice. Natalie. Or was it me? At times I wasn't sure. The grief she is living is real. I know because I've lived it. I don't think anyone has ever written grief like this in such an honest and raw way. It's so hard to put into words but Courtney did it. Ther...
  • Stacy
    4.5 heartbreaking starsI’ve always found drug addiction interesting. Interesting in a way that I wonder how anyone even gets started. But as Courtney states in the back of this book, addiction can happen to anyone. Even someone with a normal upbringing, which is even more scary to me. But sometimes life happens and can be hard to cope, I get it, drugs and alcohol can become a “security blanket”, sadly enough.I haven’t picked up a book by ...
  • Tera
    In Saving Beck, Courtney Coles takes us on an incredible yet devastating journey of a young man’s fall to addiction. This is a wonderfully cautionary tale truly depicting that addiction can touch anyone. Even the golden boy football player. Although this is a work of fiction, much of the story was based off Courtney’s own son’s struggles with addiction. It’s real. It’s current. It’s important.I really enjoyed the way Courtney weaved h...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    This book broke my heart and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Saving Beck deals with a young adult’s overdose and resulting aftermath. The story is told from Beck’s comatose perspective and his mother’s alternating perspective. The story also contains flashbacks which illustrate how things got to this place for this family. The story is extremely powerful and will move its readers. While reading this, I became aware that Cole’s own...
  • Annmarie
    Saving Beck is about a young man who lost his way in life, to addiction. The pressures of life got to him. A heartbreaking backstory is woven into both characters points of view stating the emotional turmoil both encountered from the shared experience. Beck recounts the events that took place before bringing him to this point in his life. His mother does the same thing. It’s an excellent way to deliver the truth.It’s unequivocally raw and hon...
  • Becky Bealor
    This book is a must read for anyone who has ever encountered addiction in any form. Very relevant to today's issues.It's not a fun read, it's not an easy read, it's the most compelling book I've read in a very long time.
  • Peg
    Saving Beck is a haunting, touching, and heart-wrenching story about a teenage boy’s downward spiral into the hellish world of addiction; and his grieving mother’s inability to help him. Beck was a star football player, from a loving family, who was brought up to say, no to drugs. Yet, when tragedy struck his family, Beck couldn’t resist the seduction of escape. He wanted freedom from the agonizing pain, guilt and endless responsibilities t...
  • Aurora (Whoo Gives A Hoot)
    * Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *Saving Beck by Courtney Cole is an emotionally gripping tale about love, loss, addiction and ultimately hope. This story has captivated my whole body, heart and soul. It has been a few days and yet I am still at a loss for words and emotionally drained because this story is heart-wrenchingly raw. Courtney Cole has graciously opened herself up by sharing something so personal to her and her family. I...
  • Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
    This was so hard to read. Addiction is a real doozy, folks. Nothing to ignore or to be thought of lightly. My hugs fiercely go to Courtney and Gunner (and the rest of the family)--------------------------------------While Saving Beck isn't following Cole's life exactly, the process that Beck is going through, his gradual dive into addiction is very similar. I know this because, a) Courtney has said so, and b) I've watched the three YouTube videos...
  • Danielle
    5 stars for Saving Beck written by Courtney Cole. This was the first novel written by Ms. Cole that I had the pleasure of reading thanks to Netgalley & Galley Books in exchange for an honest review. Saving Beck was a beautifully written yet tragic, heart-wrenching account of addiction from a mother's view. This novel was really emotional and difficult at times to read not because of the characters or Ms. Coles writes, but purely due to the conten...
  • Anne
    Wowie, this was a tough one to read--not because it wasn't good--but because it was so visceral and moving. Reading about addiction from an author who has experienced it with a child is hard as parenthood throws you such unexpected loops that you can't always anticipate. But when Natalie loses her husband in a fatal car accident, she has no idea that her depression will spiral out of control and result in her son, Beck's guilt and drug use. With ...
  • Heidi Chickerell
    This book gutted me. I’m a big fan of Courtney Cole’s and have loved all of her books, but this was a different kind of love. Something sacred. Something special. I felt like I was watching a documentary and not reading a fictional novel. This is an emotional read about addiction and what a family goes through, told between two point of views-the addict and the family member. I love that Courtney was able to give you a glimpse inside of both ...
  • Becky Wise
    Heart wrenching. A feel it in your soul read. Bring on the tissues. Saving Beck is a phenomenal emotion read. You can feel the emotions that Courtney Cole has behind writing this story. In Saving Beck you are hit with loss and grieving. But also the struggle to move forward and what happens when you look for that escape from reality for just a little bit. Natalie is trying to do what she can. She is lost and surviving on her anxiety meds to cope ...
  • Danielle from Short and Sassy
    Gibe me anything by Courtney Cole and I will love it! 5 stars! Another tear jerker! She is a go to author for me and I adore all her books!