A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces

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At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey's acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Anchor, 2004
ISBN: 9781400079018

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jmli
Nov 19, 2017

Before I go into my review, I'll warn you that I did not finish this book. I read it up to page 32, and I honestly don't know if I should even be rating this book right now. But, you know what? The writing itself is worth one star.

The sentence structure is very annoying, and the constant word repetition is thrown at you. Like, THROWN at you. I could not stand it.

The beginning is super confusing and not necessarily because it's interesting. For example, the short quotes and "dialogue" make it extremely redundant, boring, and meaningless. I felt like I was actually wasting my time.

The fact that most of this story was made up is just a whole other problem. I didn't even know about this while reading, and now that I've learned about this, I feel truly disappointed that an author would label a fictitious story as his memoir.

This review might have just been from a moody phase in my life, but I just don't have the patience to complete it. Also, I don't want to be reading about vomiting, pills, and addiction for, like, 2 hours. So, just don't trust me.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 07, 2016

While I remember the poop-show that went down after it turned out that James Frey's best-selling addiction and recovery memoir was partially fabricated, I had little to no interest in actually reading it. It seemed less a big deal that he'd embellished here and there than that he'd pissed off Oprah, the most powerful woman in television. Rarely did I actually hear anyone discuss the merits of the book, although there's a hilariously inaccurate quote from New York Press "Can Frey be the greatest writer of his generation? Maybe?" He wasn't even the greatest writer of that week in 2006 when everyone knew who he was. I kinda hate memoirs about addiction, so this book was not for me. Aside from that, it's terribly written and, at over 400 pages, way too long. His lack of of quotation marks and indented paragraphs is a stylistic tic that just draws attention to how little there is here. Frey continued to write, but has also founded a company focused on young adult fiction that has been trying to churn out the next "Twilight." Anyway, this book is so terrible that you probably should read it as a palette cleanser. This edition has a tiny disclaimer that reads "This book is a combination of facts about James Frey's life and certain embellishments."

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brenstuhr
Aug 18, 2015

Whether you believe him or not, great book

Pygmy_G Jun 05, 2015

To be fair, I didn't read the whole book, but that was because I disliked the writing so intensely. It seemed completely unedited. The writer does something I really hate: randomly capitalize words. There are many memoirs of addiction & recovery out there; I moved onto stuff that offers both style and substance.

Kinderusya Apr 28, 2015

Read AFTER "My friend Leonard"

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gage2010
Jul 10, 2014

While this is a good story that I could see being turned into a miniseries, it is very choppy to read. There are no quotation marks (therefore conversations and speakers are difficult to identify from thoughts and actions) and the majority of the book is very repetitive-- especially for a 400+ page book.

However, there are some great morals and philosophies in this book. A controversial memoir, Frey displays his growth as a person/ character over the course of a few weeks, and that change is remarkable. Additionally, the people he may or may not have actually met along the way, especially Leonard and Lilly, are very lovable people.

Just be aware that this is the story of addiction, so it ends bittersweet.

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tavkaa
Mar 03, 2014

I was really caught up in the picture painted of the characters in this book until I remembered the controversy about the author and Ophra. I read the reviews and even though I had not yet finished the book, it took on another feel for me.

booksrock97 May 19, 2013

I liked the language during the first couple parts, but then it got annoying at times. However, the overall novel was an amazing read with a great plot. Sort of slow in the middle, but the ending is great. The controversy associated with the book is illogical to me. I dont really care if it was fact or fiction as long as it was a good read

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djkilocanada
Apr 25, 2013

This was A great novel. If you would like to hear A good story of A drug addict then I suggest A million little pieces. I really loved the style of writing for this book, James Frey really had me feel like I was in his mind. And I felt like I understood the characters throughout the story as well. And the dramatic ending was heartfelt so much to bring tears to my eyes.
Great for everyone, especially those who have substance abuse problems.
~Tim

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KatrinaP
Mar 19, 2012

So much controversy about this book....how much is fiction, how much did he just make up? Who really cares at the end of the day? This is a great read, giving the reader a fantastic look at a totally different kind of life; that of serious addiction. Love the informal style of writing which adds to the underbelly kind of tone James Frey has going there.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Karen54321 May 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

waitingforeternity Mar 29, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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jmli
Nov 19, 2017

"The Young Man came to the Old Man seeking counsel.
I broke something, Old Man.
How badly is it broken?
It's in a million little pieces.
I'm afraid I can't help you.
Why?
There's nothing you can do.
Why?
It can't be fixed.
Why?
It's broken beyond repair. It's in a million little pieces."
(This intro couldn't be any more cliché lol)

Karen54321 May 04, 2011

"Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don't work. "
— James Frey (A Million Little Pieces)

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musicfreak8
Oct 25, 2011

It was pretty interesting to read, but it was painful to read at some parts.

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