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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  744 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Skateboarding used to be my life. When I was fourteen years old, I was discovered by Bucky Lasek and Tony Hawk and was on my way to turning pro. I toured the country, signed autographs, and had my photo in skate magazines. Then I got hooked on heroin and threw it all away.

Soon I was living in an abandoned garage and begging for spare change. Ripping off my family and frie

Hardcover, 252 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Citadel
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Joseph Frantz
Oct 24, 2015 Joseph Frantz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
We all have addicts in their lives: family members, friends, and coworkers, and this book has provided inspiration and insight to thousands of addicts and their loved ones worldwide. If you want to understand what addiction is really about, and if you seek to gain knowledge about this dark disease, you'll want to read Dreamseller.

But maybe I'm just biased, I'm the coauthor :)

Every day I get mail from children, parents, and loved ones of addicts, thanking me for writing this book, and describing
Kaitlin Panwise
Brilliant, if you're not keen on reading because it takes ages to get into a book then read this because by the 18th page he's getting a blowjob from a middle-aged man so he can get money for drugs.

Right off the bat Novak talks about how he let his nasty dick get sucked by some pervy dude just to score $40 to get some shitty drugs and damn I was hooked. Quick and easy which I am sure is exactly how Novak would be in the sack if he was even interesting in actually having intercourse like a normal human being. This dude talks about his junkie days so hard that you can physically smell how putrid his balls and socks must be. This book can be read in a day and it was a score of my list o’ read
I agree that everyone has an addict in their lives. With that being said, Dreamseller is one of those books that is so shocking and compelling, none of it could possibly have been made up! Fiction just isn't this good! From the moment I started reading, I was fascinated and drawn into the web of Brandon Novak's cautionary, poignant life story of a person who had the world in his hands yet threw it all away for the love of his addiction.

If you are an addict, recovering addict, or have a loved on
Vicki Gray
This is a book that had me hooked from the very first page. That doesn't happen too often. Once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down. I've read the book twice now, and the second read was just as exciting and shocking as the first. Novak is someone you can relate to in a way, and feel for in another. Everyone knows someone like Novak. We just don't know all of their demons. Dreamseller puts them out there.
I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys drug addiction memoirs, and anyone w
Mari Anne
Overcoming any kind of addiction is one of the most difficult challenges, so when your contemplating rehabilitation, it is best to seek advice from someone who's been there. Brandon Novak has not only achieved sobriety but has also written a compelling book about his life and the difficulties he faced giving up Heroin.

So what makes Brandon Novak's "Dreamseller" highly recommended to anyone facing addiction or the general audience is that Brandon tells it like it is, straight forward and candid.
Tyler Jo
I absolutely love this book! Being from a family that is full of addictions trying to understand what addicts thought process is, this book in a amazing insight to just that. Not only do you understand the troubles of addictions Brandon Novak is a testament to whatever life struggles you face especially addiction you can fight to rise above it all and show the world what you're really made off. This book and indeed Brandon himself are inspirations to overcome your addictions. Literally can't wai ...more
This review was taken directly off of my blog, A Reader's Diary!

Brandon Novak, dreamseller, heroin addict.
This addiction memoir is on of the best memoirs I've read. Instead of telling us about how he wants to get clean but can't, he tells us about how terrible it was when he needed a fix. Within the first 20 pages, he's selling his body to an old, married man just so he can get a little bit of heroin. The reoccurring theme in the book is that he threw away his life. He was a professional skateb
Alice Smith
The whole way through this I had to keep reminding myself that it was all real, as for a non-drug-user it's sometimes so hard to believe that someone could get into that state, and go through all that. The style of the book makes it clear that the writer isn't familiar with writing, but it's generally good, and occasionally there are sentences and paragraphs that hold some sort of unexpected beauty.
A must read for any Novak fan, and for anyone who wants an insight into the unsettling mind of a d
Hanna Culgan
I read this book twice already. About to start reading it again for the third time. It's so hard for myself to imagine on all the twist and turns an addict can go through all everyone's life, now I know.

My sister (Melissa) that is 40 years old is an addict and still suffering with stuff she did in the past and recently. Heroin, pain killers, crack and etc. And its hard for myself, my family and her 5 year old child to deal with this shit everyday.

The reason why I bought this book is I love Nov
Oscar Finnemore
Book review- Dreamseller

Author - Brandon Novak

Genre- autobiography

The auto biography is all about a famous skateboarder and tv start that threw it all away for drugs. Mainly heroin.

When brandon novak was about 14 years of age, he got his first sponsor from Powell skateboards and was progressing fast in his career. He was even going on tours with the greatest skateboards like tony hawk. He was also in a number of tv shows and movies like jackass, viva la bam, haggard and even a radio show. One da
"Entertaining, shocking, crazy, unimaginable." This book was everything that Bam said it was and more. It was heartbreaking, brutally honest and very powerful. If you want to get inside the mind of a junkie and really understand the disease of addiction, then read this book. It's an easy read that doesn't disappoint and you won't regret picking it up.

The saddest thing about Novak's situation is that he had everything. Money, fame, talent, a promising skateboarding career... and he threw it all a
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Mr. Bales
The title of my book is Dreamseller. The author of Dreamseller is Brandon Novak. This book is a biography about Brandon Novak himself. It’s about his life as a kid, adult, skateboarder, friend, and addict. It goes from the highlights of his life to the very lowest he’s ever been. It’s a book that confronts you about what life can turn into and the struggles you can face. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of a book.

Brandon Novak is the main
Desiree Norwood
I read Dreamseller over 2 years ago, because I was very much into Bam Margera and his lifestyle. I watched all of his movies, t.v. shows, and I have even listened to every last radio show that he has ever recorded through out the years. I grew up a Jackass fan at a young age (being the tomboy-princess that I was)therefore I was very much involved in the characters from the show/movies.

I was listening to Bam's old radio shows and realized that they began mentioning Brandon Novak writing a book ab
If you want to read a book that will put you on an emotional rollercoaster this is it! From laughter, tears, shock, to are you freaking serious!

Brandon Novak will definitely take you on a unbelievable adventure through the eyes of a heroin addict. Joe Frantz once again will blow you away with this interview.

If you, family, friends, or anyone you know is struggling with an addiction problem this is a must read. Not only do you see through Brandon's eyes; you will also see through the eyes of his
Letitia Webb
Dreamseller was one of those books that I pick up and can't put down.
It is quite well written and Novak can sure spin a tale.

I know of the author from his appearances with Bam Margera, so thought it would be interesting to learn more about him.
I had no idea things had gotten this bad for him.

Dreamseller is definitely a cautionary tale, this guy threw away a promising career as a pro skater, to shoot heroin, beg for change and live in squalor on the streets.
But it also manages to avoid the, a
Chris Slaughter
Gave me a new look into the horrors of drug addiction and knowing addicts myself, its given me more understanding of how far and how deep people sink into addiction. Never thought Novak had a real problem until this. Now I see the reality of it.

Chris Slaughter
Ayesha Marie
I had been quite intrigued by Novak and his back story for a while, and then my friend gave me Dreamseller to read.
I'm usually fussy with books - Unless it interests me within the first chapter, I usually give up. Dreamseller had me completely hooked!
This book is all at once entertaining, harrowing, hilarious and interesting. I have never read something that's so insanely gripping. The tales of Novak's past - his addiction, his recovery, his struggles, are all so hooking. I couldn't put Dreamsel
Aleena Logan
What do I think about this book.. WOW.. that is what I think. This book is just truly amazing. I have a friend(s) that are going through some hard times dealing with additions and its not fun to be the one going through it or the one on the other end. This book opens the eyes of how hard something can be to beat and how low it will bring you down with out you really noticing its a problem. I had gave a friend my book to read while he was detoxing and he said it scared him as well as made him cry ...more
Sophie Boddice
iv always been a fan of cky/jackass, and Brandon novak was always the one everyone laughs at etc, but this book really makes you see the serious side of drug addiction, and i actually found this book to be very sad. Obviously not the best writing style in the world, but it made me think, and i will probably remember this book for a very long time.
Samantha Hookem
I've read this book repeatedly and I still find it so hard to put into words just how much it resonated with me. The stories make for an extraordinary read, but knowing that these events are only a small insight into the world of addiction makes it very hard hitting. Drug addiction is a curse, and the conclusion of the book shows that it is not always a clear cut ending. There will almost always be pitfalls, relapses and heartbreak. The knowledge that Brandon Novak kept pushing forward even thro ...more
Emily Duha
Written beautifully. I could hear Brandon in my head when reading his book. Hearing his voice made the reading experience very enjoyable. I want to read more books from him!!! If only he would write more books!!!!!!!!! I will most likely re-read this book. Luckily I bought my own copy!!!!!
Cin Hartling
This book is amazing and I have recommended it to many of my friends (all enjoyed it). What Brandon has overcome and lived through to make this book just blows me away.. I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know what else happened! It feels like he is right there telling you about all these things that he went through.. His successes.. His fallings.. It is an incredible read. To share such a story that Brandon has lived through (and continues to live), hopefully he will inspire others who ...more
Samantha Fetzner-Dayton
Dreamseller is a graphic view into the struggles of addiction and the pitfalls of perceived invisibility that comes with celebrity. Brandon Novak could be any of us, but fortunately this book helps serve as a cautionary tale. His struggles through the trials and tribulations of his battle with heroin are enough to make the reader ill, but also good reinforcement to not follow in his steps. Brandon did an excellent job of depicting and detailing his life in ways that not only deter you as a reade ...more
Aly Rose
I've been a fan of Novak since I was about ten years old, while it started out as a crush I learned that there was more behind this gorgeous celebrity who gets to fuck off with his friends all day. I remember one day being like wow you know who i haven't heard about in a long Novac. So i hoped onto FB and found him; to my surprise he wasn't as actively filming with the guys anymore and just overall didn't look healthy or happy. Heroin took everything from him.. Personally seeing my smal ...more
Rachel Anstett
This book is as amazing as it can get. Struggling with addictions myself. I found this book written by Brandon, to hit very close to home. Myself personally thought I was the only one who felt how I did when indulging in my addictions. After finishing the book, I found out that I wasn't the only one fighting the battles of addiction. If I could somehow get this amazing book into every persons hand, I would. Hands down. Brandon Novak you are an inspiration. Joe Frantz you are an amazing human bei ...more
Cody Oakes
Dreamseller is a great read! Story of a heroin addict doing anything to get a fix. Personally, I had a hard time putting the book down. Brandon Novak had it all, and pissed it all away in such a horrific fashion. Only downfall of the story, it does not have a happy ending. Novak continued to use drugs and alcohol for a few years after book was published. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a drug problem, or anyone that has been hurt by someone with a drug problem. It answers the qu ...more
Maddy Barna
Dreamseller, where do you even start? Especially from a young mind like my own it literally paints you a picture so you feel like youre walking the streets of Baltimore with the not yet infamous, Brandon Novak. The book is so full of tiny important details, its so hard to talk about it without giving anything away ! It is an absolute MUST READ. Every person in life has been faced with addiction, whether its a pretend joking matter like being addicted to cake or ice cream, or a serious matter lik ...more
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“I was a dreamseller, a medium through which my loved ones could project what they wanted to believe, what they dared to dream—that I would be well. I sold them a dream, something that never existed in the first place, their own idealistic vision of me.” 0 likes
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