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My Friend Leonard by James Frey

My Friend Leonard

by James Frey

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Not nearly as good as A Million Little Pieces. The ending was totally trite and kinda puke worthy. Well written but the absence of commas began to drive me batty very, very quickly. ( )
  CatherineJay | Dec 30, 2015 |
Nice to continue the previously started story, but the beginning is a bit too much for me. Gets a little better as it goes. ( )
  amineaitkaci | Nov 26, 2015 |
I remember reading this like two or three years ago. Lol, I vaguely remember it. ( )
  KillerCorp | Jul 27, 2015 |
It's been quite a few years since I read A Million Little Pieces. Despite the controversy, I liked it a lot & felt that James Frey was a good writer. A few years later, I read Bright Shiny Morning, liked that one a lot, & felt justified in thinking that he was a good writer. So now I just finished Leonard, and yes, in my book, he's 3 for 3. Am I bothered that a couple of these books were marketed as memoir but later revealed to be fabricated to a degree? Yes, a little bit, because when you read something like this, you really start to root for the underdog & you start to feel like you really know the characters & you almost form a relationship with them. When you discover it's (partially) fiction, there's a little bit of let-down. But ultimately, it didn't take away the enjoyment of these books for me. True or not, James Frey is a good storyteller.

I honestly don't remember a lot of detail about Leonard in Frey's first book. But in this one, his personality really comes out. He acts as a father to James, comes to his aid when needed, and although is somewhat of a sketchy character as far as his job employment and source of wealth are concerned, he's a likeable guy. This book is read exceptionally well on audio (read by Andy Paris). For those who are bothered by the formatting of Frey's books (his run-together sentences & such), I would recommend the audiobook, where the formatting is mostly a non-issue. ( )
  indygo88 | Mar 7, 2015 |
I absolutely loved this book. Once I started reading it I just could not put it down. It was one of the best books that I have read! So touching, so loving, so wonderful! Would definitely recommend and would likely read it again that's how great it was! ( )
  diananagy | Jul 1, 2014 |
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By the same author of "A Million Little Pieces"

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The New York Times bestselling follow-up to A Million Little Pieces - the heartrending story of a friendship between a newly-sober James and Leonard, the charismatic, high-living mobster he met in rehab Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction-and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate. James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrative-if illegal and slightly dangerous-employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living boldly," pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard's and James's careers flourish ... but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways. My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges-displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity-without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human.… (more)

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