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Like Kurt Cobain, Nick Traina lived for punk rock (his bands made two CDs, Gift Before I Go and 17 Reasons), succumbed to heroin addiction, and died of suicide. His mom, Danielle Steel, takes us through her 19 twister-like years with Nick in a memoir more affecting than her potboiler novels. Like his AWOL addict father, Nick had good looks, bad behavior, and a yen for the feminine. Five days before he died, he phoned a woman he saw in a centerfold and had a new girlfriend by nightfall. But his fun was ever haunted by manic depression. At age 11, he was a bed wetter who ate all the Tylenol and Sudafed in the house. He first considered suicide at 13, as Steel learned by reading his diaries after his death.
There is tension in this story--one doctor told Steel if she could get Nick to live to 30, he'd probably live a normal life span. (For example, Nick's troubled dad resurfaced, sober, soon after his son's death.) And Steel conveys a sense of the intelligence Nick used to conceal his learning disability, and the irreverent charm that alternated with irrational rages. Oliver Sacks has urged us not to ask what neurological disease a person has, but what sort of person the disease has got hold of. Steel gives us a vivid sense of the costs of the disease to a family--and of the person who was Nick Traina. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From a precocious childhood to his suicide at age 19, Nick Traina's life was a hellish roller coaster of impulsive and self-destructive behavior caused primarily by manic depression. Steel (The Long Road Home, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/98) painstakingly details Nick's frequent school suspensions, his wild swings of emotion, his attempts at success as a punk rocker, and the various treatments she sought in a futile effort to allow the second of her nine children to enjoy a normal life. While the renowned romance novelist is at times melodramatic and the pace is sometimes hampered by the inclusion of lengthy letters and poems, this is a compelling and surprisingly objective portrait of the devastating effects of mental illness. Steel's immense popularity will place this in demand, but it will also be of interest to young adults and those interested in personal accounts of manic depression.?Susan McCaffrey, Haslett H.S., MI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Such a great book about her son...so sad to lose a child so young...I just cried and cried RIP NickPublished 29 days ago by Peggy Johnson
Quick shipping - item as described. Would purchase from this seller again. Thank you!!Published 5 months ago by Shelley Lanki
This book is amazing for any parent going through difficulties with their children - it can happen to anyone in any walk of life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Jamieson
Amazing, so close to home and so inspiring. Would be interesting to meed this lady who writes so wondferrfully well and with such passion and understanding.Published 20 months ago by dolittle
I would tell everyone about it I am not a person of a lot of words so you will have to except that or nothingPublished 23 months ago by veronica alleyne
Clearly, Nick Traina was intelligent and articulate at a very early age and, even as a toddler, his mother knew he was different. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2006 by Tami C Ryan
I admit it. I've never read a Danielle Steel book. I've never been interested enough, although I know many people who rave about her. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by Eric K.