"Skate, drugs, and rock n roll!" -Kat Von D, LA Ink
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 beggi...more
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...more
Author - Brandon Novak
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...more
What I liked:
The overall story was great. I found it very interesting and the story was what kept me turning the pages, unlike the blandness of 'A Million Little Pieces'.
I liked ho...more
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...more
O&W 5th block
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...more
I was listening to Bam's old radio shows and realized that they began mentioning Brandon Novak writing a book ab...more
I was however slightly disappointed with this book due to how much he glamorized the idea of heroin and how he constantly considers himself to be a hero because he's came out of it okay. There were several points in this book where it is as though he has exaggerated a st...more
I'll admit that I'm a Jackass fan and that I picked up the book because I wanted to know what happened to Novak and his relationship with the other Jackasses. I honestly couldn't put this book down. I'm not glorifying his choices and I know that the lifestyle depicted is not easy or desirable, but I have to say that it is interesting to know how the other half live (if you can call it that). It's endearing to read all the things he went thru and how he was able to pull thr...more
The reason this book doesn't get 5 stars is a personal disgust. Novak wrote this book, had a good thing going, was heroin free. . . then now him and Bam are both very obviously on drugs of some sort. Look them up, the "band" they're in. You can't watch them and not...more
A must read for any Novak fan, and for anyone who wants an insight into the unsettling mind of a d...more
Novak, and everyone around him, has been through a lot, all because of heroin. Drugs can destroy things faster than anything else ever could.
I hope that Novak can get his stuff together and become a positive role model for all out there who think it is hopeless to escape the pit that drugs and alcohol can suck you in to.
I totally recommend this book to anyone and everyone that wants to read something that is non-fiction and wants something they can't put down.
A great read. An amazing look into the world of a homeless junkie who'd fallen from the top of the world, his celebrity status, and his dreams of being a skateboarder.
I couldn't bring myself to put this book down. And the epilogue was bone chilling. I recommend to all.
The book mainly focuses on his final breaking point on the streets which causes him to reform for good with a new profound sense of commitment and realization not recognized before.
Chronicling almost a weekend or week of his life, each time it seems like his situation or desperation couldn't get any crazier it goes up another level.