Beautiful Boy describes every parent’s nightmare: the addicted kid (to meth, of all possible horrible choices!) The author is a journalist and tries to tell the story from an impartial, outside perspective – but his anguish pokes through the surface. He seems very convinced that his divorce from the boy’s mother created all the problems, although his second wife seems to have a wonderful relationship with his son. It seems to me that the divorce was much less important than other unwise decisions, like smoking a joint with his son for instance. But the story is not about blame: it’s about the pain of seeing a child just slip away, again and again.