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
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Family, Adult

Reviews Saving Beck

  • Diane S ☔
    A mother's anguish and a son's unbearable guilt. You think it can't happen to you, you hope it never happens to. Until it does. How much hurt and grief can one person bear? A mother's worst nightmare, your son gone, taking drugs, the son who was a football star, won a scholarship to college, now in the fight of his life. I was emotionally wrung out by books end. There is so much realism here, authentic feelings that any mother would have in this ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    5 Heartbreaking Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟This book takes a real and raw look at addiction and its impact not only on the addict but the addict’s entire family... Courtney Cole takes you on such an emotional journey with this book... and the fact that she has gone through this with her own son adds so much authenticity to the story.... as a mother I could not help but put myself in Natalie’s (the mother in this book) shoes... I cannot even im...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Linda
    I thought after reading the many reviews of this book I was prepared to read it. I was wrong . I cannot envision any mother reading this book without being bowled over with its power. Courtney brings the Impact of addiction and its destructive force to life . She shares at the end of her book that she has had to walk the path with her son. Beautifully written. Heartbreaking, illuminating moments, and still there is hope.
  • Robyn
    Natalie and Matt have the perfect marriage and family. They have three children with Beck being the oldest. They are a normal, loving suburban family, but when tragedy strikes, it changes the lives of the Kingsley family in the worst possible way.Natalie is completely devastated after a tragic accident takes the life of her husband, leaving her her son Beck to deal with the care of his younger siblings. Often times Natalie can’t even get out of...
  • Jill McGill
    There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough. This book broke me. I can honestly say, this is one of the most heartbreaking and emotional books I have read in a very long time. If you are looking for a roller coaster ride of emotions, this is your book. Saving Beck is raw, real, and extremely powerful! This story speaks for itself and is almost impossible to review. Al...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Judy Collins
    SAVING BECK is Beautifully written. Evocative. Heart-wrenching. Raw. Honest. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. Inspiring. Compelling. Timely. What a package! Loved the book and the audio version. Highly recommend. Two talented narrators! Emotional and moving: Cassandra Campbell (my favorite) and Ramón De Ocampo— combined with the writing of the gifted and skillful author, Courtney Cole. Review to follow.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Camila Matuella
    5 * you can do anything you put in your mind * estrelas Wowww que jornada hein Cole, parabéns por escrever esse livro, e sinto muito que tu teve que passar por isso com teu filho, doi no meu coração isso. Obrigada por me fazer ver um outro lado... Conhecendo pessoas que trabalham em hospitais eu já ouvi muitas historias de pessoas que tiverem overdoses e não tiverem sorte de sair de lá com vida e a gente sempre julga elas não? Mesmo sem sa...
  • 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...
  • Raquel Costa
    ***5 estrelas***Estou totalmente desestruturada depois desse livro, logo de início pensei em abandonar, mas ao mesmo tempo queria um final e precisava realmente saber o que aconteceu.Não tem segredo que o livro fala sobre a luta da mãe e seu filho que é viciado em heroína (tá na sinopse), após a morte do pai/marido a família se desestruturou, vi uma mãe se afundando na depressão, filhos assumindo responsabilidade antes da hora e Beck te...
  • 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...
  • Jen~KU Book Reviews
    4.5 starsThis book completely broke me. Courtney Cole wrote a gut wrenching tale of drug addiction and the lengths a mother will go to in order to save her child. What a powerful read!
  • 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...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    I'm a caged Mama wolf and there's nothing I can do, but I know that if I stop moving, Beck will die. My energy is attached to his energy. I have to move. It all depends on me. Woah. Cole's writing is deep and thoughtful. Addicts are very misunderstood to those who have been lucky enough never to have been one or cared for one. Cole manages to make the disease of Addiction a central character in this story to really shed some light on what addicts...
  • Amy-GallivantingPages
    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 ...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    This will be my second book from this author!!    
  • 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...
  • Jill
    Saving Beck was one of the most emotional books I’ve ever read. I knew going in it was going to be tough. Between the subject matter, and the fact that it is based off a true story, the authors story, I knew I was in for it. To be honest, nothing could have prepared me for the emotions I went through while reading this book.Reading anything about addiction for me is always heartbreaking. The thing I loved most about Saving Beck was being able t...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Thank you so much to Gallery Books for providing my free copy of SAVING BECK by Courtney Cole - all opinions are my own.This is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is exquisitely written and every thought and emotion the characters have come alive on the page.Beck and his father are on their way to Beck’s dream college, Notre Dame, when tragedy strikes and his father dies. His mother, Natalie, falls into a deep depression, re...
  • Jamie
    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...
  • Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
    DNF with 3 hours left in the audiobook. I was attracted to the cover when it was revealed last year and when I had the chance to read and listen to it, I went for it. Sadly it took me a little to finally get into the story, mostly because of the main subject of the book: drug addiction, a hard limit for me in books, but sometimes I want to get myself out of my comfort zone and Oh. My. God. Where did I get into? This book tells the wrenching story...
  • 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...