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A Million Little Pieces

by James Frey

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4.5 ⭐️

Despite the controversy on some of the events in this book, I very much enjoyed this. I was enraptured from page one and honestly, there was no point in this book in which I felt bored. It held my attention the entire time I read it—I was happily surprised by this. I knew the general premise of the story before I went into it, but I never would have imagined how hard it was for James to get through something like this.
I will say, though, that there are some trigger warnings that people should be aware of if you want to read this. They aren't always at the forefront of the story, but they do pop up frequently.
Besides that, I thought this book was wonderful and I feel that I can understand addicted people a bit better now. ( )
  EvelynNygren | Nov 17, 2022 |
I was intrigued by this book and I even watched James Frey with Oprah - but then I was disillusioned later on to find it was fiction dressed as non fiction. Overall, though, interesting read. ( )
  TenkaraSmart | Jun 8, 2021 |
An engrossing page turner! Couldn't put it down. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Personally I don't care that this turned out to be a work of fiction; it is still a good read. I'm actually more impressed with him not actually going through all that and doing research on it than if it would have been a true story. The part about when he went to the dentist actually made my mouth hurt. It was tough to read at times, and certain characters pissed me off, but it was well worth it. ( )
  Deb.Evanson | Aug 30, 2019 |
A woman sitting next to me on an airplane had this book. I had never heard of it. She told me to read a few pages. I read a chapter. After, she told me that Mr. Frey had made "some of the story up". Still, I felt compelled to read it. I got a copy.

Frey's writing was so choppy with run-on sentences, making it a little difficult to read. Yet read it I did. I couldn't put it down even though I knew some facts were skewed. I knew something was wrong when Frey told of going to the dentist, have teeth pulled and root canals performed with no anesthetic or pain medication. This is something that would NEVER happen regardless of such incidences as drug and alcohol abuse.

However, as more of the story unfolds events are more "real" for this reader. Frey's camaraderie with others in the facility is often found in a variety of treatment facilities, be it drugs/alcohol, PTSD, depression and the like.

Comfort is found in forming these friendships and from what I have been told these are lifelong friendships.

Speaking of friendships, Frey's "relationship" with Lily should never have happened. Even though I get it, rehab is not Match.com and I have been told by a reformed alcoholic that one should never seek out a relationship with someone who has drug/alcohol problems. They just feed off one another. No idea if that is true or not. Keep those cards and letters coming!

Having said all that, Frey's book was one that I could not put down. I had to see it to the end. I must add that the ending was anti-climatic. I guess I just expected more.

This one I have given 4 stars, why I have no earthly idea. Guess I felt bad for Frey getting busted for making stuff up and then having to go on Oprah and offer himself up, recanting some of what he had written. I certainly wouldn't want to face off with Oprah!

Forgot.....This one is all me. No plagiarism, paraphrasing or the like.

My favorite quote from [b:A Million Little Pieces|1241|A Million Little Pieces|James Frey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1483206985s/1241.jpg|3140930] “Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on.” ( )
  Griselda58 | Aug 27, 2019 |
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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.


There's nothing you can do.
It can't be fixed.
It's broken beyond repair. It's in a million little pieces.
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I wake to the drone of an airplane engine and the feeling of something warm dripping down my chin.
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A memoir of drug and alcohol abuse and the rehabilitation experience examines addiction and recovery through the eyes of a man who had taken his addictions to deadly extremes, describing the battle to confront the consequences of his life.

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James Frey wakes up on a plane, with no memory of the preceding two weeks. His face is cut and his body is covered with bruises. He has no wallet and no idea of his destination. He has abused alcohol and every drug he can lay his hands on for a decade -- and he is aged only twenty-three. What happens next is one of the most powerful and extreme stories ever told. His family takes him to a rehabilitation centre. And James Frey starts his perilous journey back to the world of the drug and alcohol-free living. His lack of self-pity is unflinching and searing. A Million Little Pieces is a dazzling account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.
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