A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club by James FreyA Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club by James Frey

A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club

byJames Frey

Paperback | September 22, 2005

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A story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. Recounted in visceral, kinetic prose, and crafted with a forthrightness that rejects piety, cynicism, and self-pity, it brings us face-to-face with a provocative new understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery.

By the time he entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility, James Frey had taken his addictions to near-deadly extremes. He had so thoroughly ravaged his body that the facilityís doctors were shocked he was still alive. The ensuing torments of detoxification and withdrawal, and the never-ending urge to use chemicals, are captured with a vitality and directness that recalls the seminal eye-opening power of William Burroughsís Junky.

But A Million Little Pieces refuses to fit any mold of drug literature. Inside the clinic, James is surrounded by patients as troubled as he is -- including a judge, a mobster, a one-time world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute to whom he is not allowed to speak ó but their friendship and advice strikes James as stronger and truer than the clinicís droning dogma of How to Recover. James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions, and insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become--which runs directly counter to his counselors' recipes for recovery.

James has to fight to find his own way to confront the consequences of the life he has lived so far, and to determine what future, if any, he holds. It is this fight, told with the charismatic energy and power of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, that is at the heart of A Million Little Pieces: the fight between one young manís will and the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion, the fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart. 

A Million Little Pieces is an uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.

James Frey is originally from Cleveland. He is the bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard. He lives in New York.
Title:A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book ClubFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.98 × 5.2 × 0.99 inPublished:September 22, 2005Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it True or not this was a great book!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved this book so much, I read it twice! I feel that the author was able to articulate my views on many aspects of life in a way that I never could...this, despite not being able to relate to any of his life experiences. Told in a uniquely poetic fashion.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put the book down This was a great read, really pulls you in and makes it hard to put the book down. Even after finding out that some of the details were stretched and/or lied about, the book is still an amazing read.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story if you can see beyond the media outrage I read this book before we all found out that it seemed like more of a piece of fiction rather than an autobiography. I absolutely loved it! It's heartbreaking to know the challenges faced by addicts and I feel like the author gave a seemingly accurate account. If you can look beyond the controversy, then give this book a chance. You won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Masterpiece I adore most books that speak of true life challenges in a way that you can relate, even if you haven't come close to experiencing it. this book did exactly that for me. definitely an unusual writing style, but I absolutely adored it. read it twice already, and recommended it many more.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOOKED I loved this book. It is what started my love of James Frey. Such a great read. This book gave me all sorts of emotions. was very sad when it was finished... that's why my love of James Frey grew :)
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I couldn't put this book down. Well written, but had a few parts that did not seem likely (a UFC party in a all male recovery center...). I was dissapointed when I did some research on the author and realized how this book became so famous tho. Despite that, I enjoyed the read.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. Even though many were disappointed to find out this book was actually a book of fiction, I still find it has great value.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing! To bad it turned out to be all a fake story!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing So amazing. Thrilling and really hooks you in and makes you have a connection with the characters
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-time Favourite Read I bough this book years ago, and it is my favourite book still. The controversy around this book does not take away from the story...Such an amazing read!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Amazing! Definitely one of my all time favourites and one I recommend to friends and family often.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I really enjoyed reading this book. Frey writes in such a way that it sucks the reader in. It's one of those books I did not want to put down. It's a fast read because Frey does not use quotation marks, just a new paragraph to signify a new speaker, but I like that style.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible deep, compelling read that pulls you in right from the beginning, and doesn't let go until the end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-20
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Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COULD'NT PUT IT DOWN Great Read! Very detailed so not for those with a wear stomach.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Honest Novel Based on a true story of a narcotics addict, this book sheds the needed light on the real struggles of addiction and the recovery journey. There is a segment or two in the novel where the descriptive writing should be warned about to gore-phobic readers (it was hard to read through!).
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Despite this controversy surrounding this book and the credibility of the events in it, I love it. The writing style is so unique, although a little hard to get used to - Frey does not use a lot of punctuation in his writing. This is a gritty story that you become invested in, hoping the best for the characters. After reading this, I looked into his other books and loved them too.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense It was a little hard to get into at first, but I ended up really enjoying it and I do recommend reading it. Tragic story relating to addiction and depression: a topic I am personally into as I know people who struggle with both (I wanted a better understanding).
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Takes you on a journey to grasp the feelings and emotions behind addiction. Great read.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll be hooked Amazing book, regardless of the conttroversy.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great read but.. For me this novel was pretty good and I liked the nature and the story behind it; but the fact that their has been a lot of controversy with whether or not most of it is true does bother me. In certain areas of the book you can tell that some things have been fictional. Other than that it was good.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Changed My Life Despite all the backlash it received, James is an amazing author and told a painfully raw story with his experience. This book gave me hope. For me, the writing style made it easy to read and I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Personally, I liked the writing style. The story is pretty tragic. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Often hard to read (due to content) I had to read this for a bookclub. From page one, I was drawn into a crazy world of pain/agony that really had me almost sick to my stomach...And yet I couldn't put it down. Later to found out, a lot was either not true or embellished, still made it an interesting read. If not for the book club, I probably would have never picked up this kind of book. But I am glad I read it anyway.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOod book Good book but BASED on a true story - it is very far from the truth so don't believe everything you read.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greta read! Loved this book and thought it was a great read whether it's true or not. Great perception on drug addiction and depression. Page turner that kept you wanting more!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Despite controversy a great read I loved this book from start to finish, it was a page turner. Great perspective on addiction. I was disappointed when I found out it was mostly fictitious however still a great read.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book You are swept into his reckless and tragic story and cannot put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story. This is a great story. Not sure how I feel about it after the controversy, but definitely a great inside into the life of addiction and depression.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this memoir. Not sure how I feel about it after the controversy but definitely an interesting insider perspective to addiction and depression.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story This was a great story...very interesting perspective on overcoming addiction.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read controversy aside, i like this book
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story, easy read The story is great, it draws you in, wanting to know more. However the story came about, it was very interesting!
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doesn't everyone embellish a story? I' not a big fan of biographies and memoirs but this book was very well written and the story has heart. I read it for entertainment and to live another life, same reason I read any other book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great book I don't care what Oprah said; this is a fantastic book. I could not put this down.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book Easy read and great story, true or not. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Whether this be a true story or not, I thought it was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the writing style. Just read it without any expectations and you will love it.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good Get over the controversy and read this for what it is: a great book that puts you deep into the mind of an addict
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I loved following the journey of this mans life. Loved the style of writing as well.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. This book was a really good read. I was disappointed when I found out it wasn't true but it didn't change the fact that the book was good.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant The story was riveting from beginning to end. James Frey just pulls you into his story and makes you feel. Embellished or not, the message got through and that's all that matters.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't care that he embellished I thought that this book was absolutely amazing. It had me turning the pages until I finished the book in just a few hours. When I was done, I ordered My Friend Leonard! When any of my friends ask about a book for someone who is not an avid reader, I suggest this one! It's always a winner with both those who do read, and those who don't.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading So intriguing and thrilling. Lots of controversy over this book but such a good read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This was a great read! Regardless if some of the story was embellished it is still a book worth reading.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! It's true he did embellish the details in this book... but regardless I believe it needed dramatic embellishments to tell the story. This was an excellent read! After reading this book I have read everything else James Frey has written and loved all.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating So moving and you are rooting for James the entire story.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!!! I read this book prior to all the controversy over it being fiction, needless to say, it was phenomenal!!! I would definitely recommend it, AND the follow up My Friend Leonard.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oprah Was Rude I read this book years ago after Oprah called out James Frey for it being a work of fiction. Oprah was rude. I think every book recounting the tales of ones lives can safely be called fiction. It is merely a personal perspective of how things transpired with embellishment by the writer. So, I thought Oprah was being harsh on James and decided to read it. Fiction, not fiction, written by aliens, I wouldn't have cared. This is possibly one of the best pieces I have ever read. I loved the in-depth perspective of addiction. Brilliant. There are also parts of it where you go, "Nah, that didn't happen", and wonder how Oprah/her staff could not pick up on that. Common sense is a pool that seemed not to run deep on her team. Read this book!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The struggle of the improper writing NOT worth the read Good story line but.. Because it was "Written " from the perspective of the drug addict, the punctuation and paragraphs are not proper and made it a tough read. Especially after discovering that this "true story" was not actually true. It didn't make the struggle of the improper writing worth the read. Never finished the book.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I loved this book! I could not put it down! True or not this is a great book. Who cares what the media says anyways!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book Read this book a while back but I still remember it. Impactful and interesting story.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love this book! James Frey is my favorite author. This book is a beautiful disaster. His style of writing is just that, HIS. A million little pieces is my second favorite book , only coming in second to James frey's "the final testament of the holy bible" I Highly recommend this book
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! This book was great! It had me hooked from page one!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Interesting writing style. But once I got into the book I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Fiction I agree, great read whether it's true or not.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read One of my favourite books. Whether you believe its real of not. The other books by James Frey I loved just as much. One of my fav authors.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique I've read this book three times - i loved it. Very unique writing style.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fake or not, I loved it! I know there is some controversy over whether or not this story is true, however, I found it mesmerizing and couldn't put the book down. It brought to life the real struggles of addiction. Even if it is fake, the stories in the book DO happen to addicts and it isn't far fetched. I would definitely recommend this book and his other book, Bright Shiny Morning.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Controversy or not, I couldn't put this down. My personal favourite!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Still my all time favourite. This book blew me away and had a lasting impression. There is a unique writing style coupled with a fantastic, gripping story.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Controversial but good. I read this as a book club choice and really enjoyed even with all the controversy about it, I found it to be really good.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fake memoir, still good fiction. While Frey suffered the consequence of lying to the Mighty Opes (Oprah Winfrey, if you're nasty), A Million Little Pieces is still a good read despite the fact that it's a mostly fabricated memoir. Frey captures the restlessness and on-the-edge feelings that underlies the silent intensity of a rehab setting, and the cold, hard reality of detoxing. The terse, bare bones prose he adopts to tell his story is fitting, and brings out the bleakness of his journey.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces Incredible story of the intense hold of addiction on one. mans soul and of his remarkable recovery. Gives us all hope that the will can be stronger than the pill.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces A very direct memoir. It not just covers the topic of sex and drugs openly but also in a very human way. It makes the reader feel the horrors of the power of addictions and how it destroys everything it reaches. It is overwhelming at times and you hate yourself for reading it but at the same time you can't stop. It makes you feel disgusted when you read but also sad and incredibly proud of James.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces Despite the controversy that surrounds the book about how true it is,it's undeniable that James Frey's A Million Little Pieces is a harsh, cold, awkward but massively rewarding tale told from the very heart of the first person. While self-loathing, Frey never becomes self-deprecating or dull and as you go through the book, through wonderful subtleties you see him change from hopeless to just a little more hopeful. The characters are beautifully crafted and it is uniquely written in a way that is both clinical and utterly heart tearing. A Million Little Pieces is not an easy ride, do not expect one, but the hype that surrounds it is thoroughly deserved.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I am a recovering pill (opiate) addict. I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the 1st books I read when I began my recovery in Dec '12. I recommend anybody in recovery or their family members to read this book. A very easy & interesting read.
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book of recovery and learning to cope I adore this book. Helped bring a little light to my life. While it is not conventionally written, I absolutely love the honest, raw writing style.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but Overrated This was an intriguing read, but it became quite repetitive. The books pessimistic nature left the reader feeling down, it is not exactly uplifting. Overall I am left with a neutral impression, neither good or bad.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Memoir I Have Ever Read! I would not be surprised if this memoir was in everyone's top ten lists. It is incredibly well written. James Frey drew me completely into his experience in a situation that I have no way of relating to and somehow made it entirely relatable. I felt every emotion possible during this read. A Million Little Pieces is pure genius!
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great success story A Million Little Pieces is based on a true story written by James Frey. The writer does not hold back on any details in the book. His descriptions paint a vivid picture of his struggle. This book gives off a positive message. You understand the pain that the character is going through. You are cheering for his sobriety and happiness throughout the entire book. Anyone struggling with an addiction should read this book. The writer explains the pain of addicted in a raw and unrated way.
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Motivational Story! This novel dives into the story of a young man who has lost his life to a world of addiction. This true story revolves around a man named James Frey who has just woken up on a plane headed to rehab. The story continues as you hear his first person account of the journey and experiences James has while at the rehabilitation centre. Along the way James meets many new characters that play a integral role in his recovery. This book is the first in a two part series, which continues into his recovery post-rehab. I would recommend this book to a older target demographic due to its graphic nature, and mature context. However it is a fantastic novel, and one I will read again!
Date published: 2011-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellant read I truly loved this book. It caught my interest from the first page and held it all the way through. At some points it is very graphic but done in a matter that connects you to the situation. This book had some public controversey but it is still and great read
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read - True or Not I refused to read this book for a long time because of the controversy surrounding it. I finally read it and really couldn't care less if it was exaggerated or even pure fiction. It introduced me to a world I could not relate to but now have a little more compassion for. The emotion and rawness was incredible. Some of the writing was so descriptive, I was actually nauseous at times. I would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Life changing Story A Million Little Pieces written by James Frey is a story about a young man, James and his time he spent in rehabilitation. James is in a hard time in his life when he enters the rehab center. He is extremely addicted to drugs and alcohol and finds himself getting in trouble with the law. The story of James’ is truly moving. When I first decided to read this book a few years ago I did not think I would enjoy it. A good friend of my insisted I would enjoy it, and she was right as this is probably one of the best works of literature I have ever read. I would definitely recommend this book, it is life changing!
Date published: 2011-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw and gripping!! A Million Little Pieces is a profound story about James Frey's 6 weeks in rehab. James is a drug addict, alcoholic and criminal who shares his highs and lows of his life while recovery from this "disease". This was a great book and I'd read it again and again! You can't help but feel like you know the characters and find yourself always hoping and wishing for the best outcome. A definite read!!!
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beating the Odds When I first decided to indulge myself into this memoir by James Frey, I had absolutely no idea about all of the controversy surrounding this piece of writing. I personally found this book to be an exhililarating read. It is quite a beautiful story about recovery and reconciliation. In this book James Frey gives the reader the truth about his experience in rehab. He does not try to hid the truth about what he had to endure in order to pull himself back onto the track of soberity. I also found this book to be quite inspirational because James shows that although we may think that it is impossible for a person who is addicted to every drug imaginable to suddenly decide on their own to beoome sober it is quite far from what we will initially expect. James wants us to know that nothing is impossible. Once we have to determination to succeed and not only to make our selfs proud but also to make the people who have supported us through thick and thin proud, we find that we can achieve anything we want. This book also shows that when we think that we are in a really bad situation we must never forget that there is always someone who is in a worst situation than our own. In more words or less this memoir is about beating the odds and going against the expectations of everyone else.
Date published: 2010-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Book When I initially picked up this book, I wasn’t aware of all the controversy surrounding how legitimate the story James Frey actually was. I blindly chose the book without knowing what the story was about or who the author was, I was just looking for a good read, and I truly found it in A Million Little Pieces. I am personally not an avid reader and I find it difficult to find a story the can keep me glued to the pages, I must have read the entire book in a day. When I found out that the story James Frey told of his drug problem and time in rehab wasn’t necessarily true or heavily emphasized it didn’t change my opinion on how much I enjoyed the book. I found James Frey writing to be very enjoyable, he made me feel as if I was watching the story unfold and I was connected to the characters. The book really opened my eyes to the reality that drug and alcoholics face trying to get clean, and I really felt a great deal of sadness for James while reading about the hardships that he and the characters had to face. Although I can’t relate on a personal level to the feeling of being dependant on drugs and alcohol, I felt I connected to James in the story and found it alarming that he was only 23 while going to his ordeal, which is about the same age as myself. No one can really be sure which events in the story were created by James or were actual events, and frankly I don’t really care. Chances are if the book had been written exactly how the events happened this wouldn’t be a book that I would have loved. Real or fake this book will have you glued to the pages.
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A novel to be "addicted" to! This book was absolutely amazing! I was in love just from reading the first page!
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read! at first, i didn't think i would like this book. but then right off the hop, i enjoyed it. the writing style is one that i'm not familiar with and it caught my attention. even if it's true or not, it's still an amazing story.
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my all time faves oddly enough i only got interested in reading this book because i seen james frey on oprah when she was confronting him about the fact or fiction .. i was intrigued so i went out and bought the book .. love love loved it .. and have read all his books to date.... two thumbs up on this one ..lol
Date published: 2009-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it!!! Despite the questioned authenticity of this book, it is still an excellent story of drug addiction and alcoholism. While it may or may not be true for the author, it could very well be true for someone else. It is a gripping tale that left me cringing at parts, sobbing at others, and deeply thinking at others. Oprah was right to put it on her book list.
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Eye-Opening I really enjoyed this novel. Regardless of whether or not it is true, I think that this was a very well written piece of work. Through reading this book you get to experience the main characters adventures first hand and you really feel like you are living his life. It's definitely an eye-opening read about addictions and the journey of overcoming them.
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Falling Apart into a Million Little Pieces This book was very emotional and inspirational. It's about a man's struggle with drugs and alcohol. He is admitted into a rehab facility to recover and he meets a range of people, both nice and rude. However, he meets Leo, who helps him recover, as well as meeting a new love. The book incorporates various ways of how people cope in rehab (the good, the bad and the ugly) and how people can really influence your life. You'll laugh, cry and laugh some more.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insight into the mind of a young Alcoholic / Drug Addict / Criminal... A memoir by James Frey - 23 year old alcoholic, drug addict and criminal. Take the opportunity to meet James and listen to his incredible story of almost death, hope and change. James will meet some extremely interesting and life changing people while he stays at the rehab clinic. An absolutely fantastic novel which I just could not put down. As I am 23 myself, it was hard to believe the things that James was going through at the same age as me. It truly gave me an appreciation for where I am at in my life today. I certainly had an openmind while reading this novel after all of the controversary that it had obtained in the past. I also waited until this book was officially out of the "critical" light so I could have the opportunity to fully enjoy it. I am glad that I waited!
Date published: 2009-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from We get the point After hear all the gossip and contreversy over this book I decided that I had to find out what all the talk was about. The writing style I found very honest and direct from the mind to the page. It got off to a strong start and and the character development was good. What I foundd really shines through though is how James dragged the story out to extend the time he was in the clinic. The better part of the body of the book could have been sumermerized with far fewer pages for the same if not a better effect. Somewhere towards the middle I lost interest and found it to be a struggle to get through the rest. the first half and the last 5 pages would have given this book a much higher rating in my mind, unfortunately the dragged out mid-section kills the glory of it all.
Date published: 2009-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not so great i really wasn't impressed with this book and it was a let down cuz i was expecting so much from it. i dont have anything against how its written or against the swearing in the book its just that for some reason i couldn't get into it. in a way it just didn't seem realistic to me and i know some things werent i heard about all that its just i couldn't connect with james. but i will attempt reading My Friend Leonard by James Frey really soon though,cuz i am curious to see if it will be better or worse than a million little pieces
Date published: 2008-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye of the Needle In a tale of triumph of the human spirit, James Frey overcomes alcoholism and drug addiction, when James Frey falls in love with a heroin-addicted prostitute. With excerpts from the Tao, it explains the Seven Steps of recovery. With a nod to the harsh reality of the addiction world, this gives a candle of hope to all those who suffer from it. James,being 24, remembers only desperation, heroin, alcohol and crystal meth for the last seven years of his life. A documentary/biography of James Frey. -Kinsey
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Into It My friend had read this book and just LOVED it. Unfortunatly, I read it, and really, could not get into it. The writing style was not for me (lack of punctuation). The language was something I also could not get past. I don't enjoy reading a book that swears almost every other line. This was supposed to be an autobiography, but in some places, it really seemed so far fetched, I just couldn't take it seriously. Not a book I would recommend.
Date published: 2008-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nakedly Insightful I thought this book, while it may or may not have been a work of fiction, was brilliant. As I got deeper and deeper into the book I was drawn into the life and struggles of a recovering addict and I found it hard to put this book down. I pretty much read it from cover to cover in five or six sittings. James Frey has a unique way of letting us inside the head of the lead character and one can not help but feel empathy towards his self-inflicted pain. A great book!
Date published: 2008-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved, loved, loved this book! Even if it isn't all true, this book is a must read!
Date published: 2008-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GRIPPING I thought this an incredible piece of writing. Oprah obviously felt she had egg on her face for, memoir or novel, it was a gripping book. However, Frey may have done a disservice to addicts in recovery programmes.
Date published: 2008-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never finished To be honest, the writing style was not for me to begin with. Then came the media crisis about the book, and it being "lies", etc. This also turned me off, but it just did not hold my interest even before this breakthrough of information. The number of people who returned the book after the media reports was astounding, and I never really felt the need to pick it up. I'm sure its a great story for some people, but as a fiction lover, and a lover of writing that you can lose yourself in, I just could not keep going after struggling for a few chapters.
Date published: 2008-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Incredible!! I loved every minute of this story. It's such a breath-taking memoir. Regardless of the allegations against the truthfulness of the events, I really respect the Frey.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I have ever read! I literally JUST finished reading this book about 10 minutes ago and had to come write a review. This is one of the most heart felt wonderful books I have ever read. James Frey tells an amazing story that truly touches your heart. I am definitely going to go out and grab the sequel My Friend Leonard the minute I get the chance. For anyone who hasn't read this book I definitely recommend it! James Frey is an absolutely amazing writer and I am looking forward to reading more of his writing.
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tender and Powerful Everyone has caused such a commotion over such a touching memoir. JAmes Frey has gone through so much in his life, but he has learned hsi lesson and made a significant change in his life and this is shown throughout the novel. I can't believe that ANY of this is even questioned by anyone other than James. His struggle was powerful despite the minor changes that MAY have been changed. It doesn't cahnge the point in the novel, it's still ALL REAL and ALL worth the read, your constantly checking to see whats next and the end is SO POWERFUL! Read it!!
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Another one of those books that keep you wanting to read to find out what happens.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The only book I've ever destroyed I have read thousands of books, and this is the worse. If anyone was having trouble with addiction, I think this book would actually cause more harm than good. Misguided drivel. It also made me lose all respect for Oprah for putting it on her highly influencial "list'.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real or not, a very interesting story Practically everyone knows about the controversy that this book caused after Oprah placed it on her book list then found out that parts of it were fictionalized. Frey has apparently only been a minor player to the FBI, and that dentist scene probably isn't real. But Frey is an addict, an alcoholic, and a criminal - which he often repeats throughout the book. When his parents bring him to this clinic, he has a hole in his cheek and just doesn't care about anything. He soon learns that if he does anymore drugs or drinks anymore he will most likely wind up dead. Frey in no way makes thing easy in his recovery. He doesn't believe in the 12 steps of AA or any higher beings, which the treatment centre people say is the only thing that could possibly cure you. Instead, Frey believes it's just a matter of personal choice. Despite the fact that you have to read this book with a grain of salt, it is quite something. It really gets down into the nitty gritty of drug and alcohol addiction and shows how Frey tries to climb out of his hole. The relationships he creates with the other people in the centre is fascinating. I really liked reading about Leonard, the mobster, and I'm interested in reading Frey's other book; "My Friend Leonard". The writing is scattered. Frey doesn't believe in proper sentence structure, but once you get used to it, you hardly notice it. I was glad to see that Frey included a little "where are they now" section at the end. This book really puts a personal face on drug and alcohol addiction in attempts to get readers to understand what is going on behind all the negatives.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read the book before I heard all the controversy and I'm glad I did . James Frey is a really good writer .There are some exagerations but it does the book a great deed.I have no regrets and would read it again .I truely loved this book .
Date published: 2007-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Screw you Oprah! Yes, I have read the Smoking Gun article. That being said, I am not an Oprah fan, nor am I a drug addict, and so the whole fiction vs. memoir scandal is totally irrelevant to me: I read this book strictly for entertainment purposes. For anyone who has the same goal and can get past the whole scandal, I definetely recommend this novel. From the very first page, you're hooked. Frey's toughguy personality... his "in-the-moment" discourse, the romance, the sadness, the horror, hope, it all draws you in. And frankly, reading this book makes you feel pretty damn cool. If you can get over the fact that it's fiction, and if you're simply looking for a fantastic read, Frey's novel won't disappoint.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Regardless of the controversy, this book was awesome! Not your typical 'biography' either as James Frey really lets it all out. There is no doubt as to how he really feels during his rehab. His story as well as the others in the book will make you laugh and make you cry. A must read.
Date published: 2007-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read I love it in one way, definitely not for the literary value of the book, but it is poignant and touching. You have to put yourself into the body of a drug addict and a alcoholic to understand and appreciate the torment a person must endure while in rehabilitation. To me whether the book is fictional or a mémoir it is totally irrelevant, it kept me interested till the end and I would certainly recommend it.
Date published: 2007-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fiction. This book, is fiction. You learn this in the first 4 pages. It's surreal. On that note, although it is fiction, but was claimed to be factual, it's a great novel. It kept me interested, it stirred up a lot of anger, frustration, and hate in me about the character. Some people felt sympathy for him, I was clearly not one of these people. I think this was a great book because of how hard it hit me, in such a personal way. Well done.
Date published: 2007-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The moat influential book i have ever read... i have read plenty of books before but none like this. even if you do not have the same problems as james did you will still learn from it. this book shows you where you never want to end up, how you never want to feel, simply by making you feel it is you in his shoes. it was hard for me to peel away from this book once i started reading it and i recomend it as a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2007-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disrespectful I just hated this book. It endorses all sorts of bad advice for recovering people. The author thumbs his nose at methods that have been proven to work for most people. Apparantly, he's not like the average weakling though. I think this book could actually do some harm to someone reaching out to another revcovering addict. This is the first book I've ever destroyed.
Date published: 2007-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Complete trash!!!! This book was the worst drug book i have ever read. it draws a clear line between truth and lies. To think that this author passed this off as real is sad. And that a reveiw had compared this book to William Burroughs Junky is crazy. to put this book on the same level as junky is a crime. this is trash, after i read this book, i gave it away to my worst ememy. i wish i had never seen this book, nor read it, becuase now i feel empty and shattered. on a scale of 1 to 10 i give this a -30.
Date published: 2007-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written There was a lot bad said about this book, due to the negative feedback it got from Oprah. Honestly it has to be one of the most moving books. The emotion and the passion that you feel when you read it is unremarkable. It actually takes you through the disease of addiction. It shows an amazing character fighting through his life trying to put it on the right path. I work at a Chapters and I recommend it to every customer I have that asks that question "What are you reading"?
Date published: 2007-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I don't think I would have been as interested in reading this book if I had not heard the great deal of controversy that surrounded it. I now know that whether the author was telling the truth or not it is still a good book. I enjoyed how descriptive he was and really made you visualize the pain he went through at times and the emotions he had to deal with. I liked how it was in first person. The author used a lot of imagery when describing flashbacks of his life. The fact that it took place in a Treatment Facility Centre set a very dark and depressing mood for the book. I would say that a big conflict for the book would be man vs. man, showing his struggle to battle his own past and the challenges he has to face because of the choices he made. Another conflict would be man vs. society because he had to deal with the law and the punishments brought forth because of his mistakes. I would say the theme of this book would be the struggle to survive and overcome the major challenges in your life.
Date published: 2007-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Success! This novel was unlike any other book that I have ever read. The style in which James Frey chose to write this book was in a way I have never experienced before and I loved it. There are parts where he exaggerates things excessively (Oprah rung him out for this on her talk show) but it adds good elements to the book that kept me interested and wanting to know more. Throughout the novel James goes through good times and bad times. While he goes through withdrawals and is always tripping out and getting upset he still finds a way to stay sane as he tries his best to become clean from his addictions. To get away from all this there is also the element of romance in his secret relationship with Lilly and wants to try to help her through rough times as well as himself. I recommend this book to anyone to anyone that is looking for a book that is different from any regular story.
Date published: 2007-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner! I was interested in reading the book when Oprah first had James Frey on the show and how she raved about it. It wasn't until she had him back on the show and truth came out about his embellishments that really made me curious! So I bought it. At first I had a hard time getting past his writing style. It drove me crazy with the run-on sentences, capitalizing certain words that shouldn't be capitalized, repeating sentences and lack of punctuation. But once I was able to get past his style, I really enjoyed the book. There were many times that I cried at some of his recounts of events. I could feel the "fury", and I could feel his shame in his attempts to look into his own eyes. I could feel his victories and the love for Lilly. All in all, I am very impressed with the book, even if some things were embellished. Whether it's in the Fiction or Non-Fiction section, the end result is that it's a great book. Looking forward to reading My Friend Leonard!
Date published: 2007-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling! First of all, I would like to say that I adore Oprah's book club and that I would never have started reading anything until she mentioned this book. This book was the very 1st book I have read since elementary and I am now 31. I could not put this book down! It was amazing to me how vivid the descriptions were to the point, I can feel his hate, pain and regret. I cried when he cried and laughed at his cynical attitude! I can somewhat relate, not because of the drug and alcohol dependancy but because of his past attitute toward life. To me, regardless of his BS or over exaggeration of certain incidents, or even extended the truth...Oprah should not have embarrased him in national TV when this (to him) was what it felt like. Memoir or not. 99.9% of the book was true to Mr Frey, ergo, it was a memoir. Be it he imagined it all, or if it really happened or not. I have read 3 books after "A million Little Pieces" and if the Author or publisher is reading this, I want to thank Mr. Frey for opening up and stimulating my mind, because this book was really THAT GREAT!
Date published: 2007-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! After all of the controversy surrounding this book I decided to read it and see what all of the fuss was about. I knew that parts of this book were embellished, and some were untrue, it didn't matter - I still loved it. I could not put it down. I am grateful for James Frey, and grateful that he decided to write this book and share his struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. So what if he didn't spend as much time in jail as he said or that he possibly received Novocain while getting a root canal!!!!! He shared his emotions in a way that I cannot even begin to describe. This book is pure, raw, touching, sad, beautiful.... Again, I'm grateful that this book was written and I think that if you want to understand how someone deals with addiction, especially within themselves, this is the book to read.
Date published: 2007-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book I think you should read this and i don't really care if the author confessed about it being embellished. I still think its a great story ... The cover of the book is what really interested me in it and the fact that it was on oprah .. lol
Date published: 2007-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces So...I was one of those people that decided not to read this book because it had so much buzz around it. When I finally did read it, I had wished I read it sooner. My Friend Leonard is even better.
Date published: 2006-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK!! Wow, this book was awesome. I just couldn't put it down, It's actually the first book i ever finished. I'm not much into books. But once i heard about this book and opened it, I just couldn't put it down. Who ever didn't like this book, there is seriously something wrong with you. it was just amazing. Now i'm going to get James Frey's next book " My friend Leonard" i hope it's as good.
Date published: 2006-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Even though it turns out that the things he wrote about in this book didn't happen to him it is still an amazing book and really puts you into the shoes of someone who has an addicition and how they overcome it. I would recommend this book to everyone. I had to read it from start to finish.
Date published: 2006-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I could not put this book down. I bought it after all of the bad press came out about it, and hands down James Frey is an amazing writer. I deal with many people with addiction in my career (law enforcement) and I can see where his fact vs. fiction over laps. Persons with addiction become very convincing with their lies, this is a method of survival with them, whether it be to con money from loved ones or get out of trouble with law enforcement, driven soley by their addiction and where the next "hit" will come from. This book has helped me see the average "crack head" as a person, someones daughter or son, I now take the time to hear their "story" when I deal with them, and "their" stories have been amazing. Even though Frey embellished some portions, the story in general and the truths of addiction hit the nail on the head.
Date published: 2006-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A great book, I just finished reading this book 10 minutes ago. It's all about addition and struggling through it. Willpower is such a big part of this book. You can find a piece of you that deals with similar issue (whether alcohol or drugs or neither). A must read!
Date published: 2006-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a great surprise! When this book was selected as the first book for the reading club I joined I wasn't looking forward to it. Why - two things, it was about drug addictions (never done them so what would I understand) and two all the carry on about it being embellished (do I waste my time if it is fake). What a surprise - I really enjoyed reading all about his journey and the challenges he faced and how he overcame them; the struggles within himself and the way he managed to handle it all. I did find it difficult at the beginning to get used to the writing style but soon it didn't matter and I was into the book. What a good read!!
Date published: 2006-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Detailed When reading this book, I can picture exactly what he's going through. His visionary details let the reader be there as he's describing his emotions, his pain, and his experiences. This book is a great read. I could barly put it down!
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ridiculously good!! Anyone who has struggled with addiction or anyone who knows anyone who struggles with addiction....READ THIS BOOK!!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Embellished or Not, Who Cares? A Million Little Pieces by James Frey is the best book I've read in recent months. Right from the beginning, it pulls you in and makes it difficult to put down until you've read the very last word. All the way along his journey, embellished or not, you want to know what will happen next, will he make it, what will happen to each of the other characters as his story develops. You begin to care for each of the characters that the author cares for and become defiant towards those that are disbelievers in his personal philosiphy, which he develops throughout the book. It is interesting to uncover this philosophy, inspired partially by the Tao Te Ching. It is also formed by a strong belief in taking responsibility for his own actions as opposed to the usual route of recovery through AA and the Twelve Steps, seen by Frey as a cop-out and replacement addiction. It is not long before you are rooting for Frey every step of the way and feeling his disappointments and victories almost as if you were there with him. The quality of writing and the depth with which he describes his difficult experiences make it hard to care whether or not any of it is embellished or exagerated. Supplemented with witty humour, A Million Little Pieces is a great read, and can only be followed by My Friend Leonard, by the same author.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! This book was the best book I've read in a long time. I don't care if any of it was true or embelished or not. It is an inspirational story that is a real page turner.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this book because I heard that it was a great read. I thought the story was very well done. Even if it wasn't necessarily all true it was still really good and had me turning the pages at rapid speed. I would recommend this book to anyone but please read this book with an open mind and with no judgment. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching This book really makes you feel what James is feeling you experience what it was really like to be a drug addict/ alcoholic and how to overcome that and get stronger a little at a time. Once you read this book you will be left wanting more and that more can be found in My Friend Leonard by James Frey.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! This novel was absolutely astounding. I can’t even begin to explain how truly wonderful this novel was. One of the main reasons this novel got so much press was there was considerable controversy surrounding this novel. Everybody, authors and publishers alike, began to question the validity of the biography written by James Frey. But whether this novel was fact or fiction, it was still amazing. “A Million Little Pieces” is about a man named James Frey and his struggle with drugs and alcohol and a new hope that he will soon die. James is a very complex human being, and that is shown again and again throughout the novel. His flaws and his personality make him more realistic and that is what an already amazing story even more compelling. There have been thousands of stories on the subject of drugs, but none of them have been as wonderful as James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces”. Nobody has done what Mr. Frey has done in his novel; he took all the “glory” and hype that is associated with drugs. James himself in the novel is a long time alcoholic and not to mention a crack addict. He has these insane urges for these drugs and this novel gives the reader a graphic description to what these drugs do to a person’s mind and body. Stories about drug addicts, in the past, have never been pretty, but “A Million Little Pieces” depicts those aspects of a drug addict that most authors are even afraid to mention lightly. This amazing piece of literature has drama, action, reality, love, friendship and hope. When James wakes up in the beginning of the novel, he is on a plane and cant remember how he got there. He’s in really bad shape and he really doesn’t want to live. He barely remembers his name, and walking was out of the question for him. He is taken to rehabilitation for the first time, and he meets people like Leonard, Lilly and the counselors, whom change his life forever. For somebody whose has lost all hope in life, James’s discovery that there is a world beyond drugs, will make you want to hope again. He rediscovers the wonders of life, makes a new friend and falls in love, and learns that in life there are second chances. In rehab, James meets the love of his life, and she gives James something he has long for his whole life. She gives him unconditional love and total understanding. Being a drug addict herself, she understands James’s pain and wants to be a part of his sober life. People like Leonard and Lilly save James’s life, in more ways than one. They give him his lost hope, friendship and ask for nothing in return other than a chance to get to know him. This novel is truly wonderful. You’ll find yourself smiling with the characters, crying with them and feeling triumph when they succeed. This novel should be on everybody’s TO READ LIST. I enjoyed this novel thoroughly and there is not one thing I can find wrong about it. It has everything and much more in its 500+ pages. It gives so many angles to reality that you wont be able to put it down. The novel is gripping and with the way life is depicted; you will find yourself engrossed in the book like you have never been before. I loved it. I recommend it to everybody, adults and young teens alike. Good Job Mr. Frey, a very satisfying read. THIS IS A DEFINITE KEEPER FOR FUTURE READS!!!
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best reads ever A story about hardcore addiction, "A Million Little Pieces" was a work of art. It was more than just plain simple 'wonderful'... Frey made me laugh, and he made me cry. I don't care about all the controversies about this book... it was very well written, be it fictional and non-fictional. This book definately stays among my very favourites!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read Even if some of the parts of this book were "enhanced" to read better, the story is still great and still inspirational. I loved this book.
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book was really good! I really was unable to put it down. Although it has been said that some parts were exaggerated / untrue I really don't feel it takes away from the power and emotions in this book. It got graphic and disturbing at times, but in that way it was true to life - not a sugar coated story of rehab. I really recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I enjoyed reading this book. Couldn't put it down. At times it was disturbing, but what could you expect from a drug addict? Wether or not it's all true, the book had me up way past my bed time. I loved it, and place it way up on my "favourites" list.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Despite what Oprah says, it doesn't matter if the story is true or fiction the plot is riveting and emotional. James Frey is an amazing author. You won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truely Amazing!!!! This book I just could not put down! I am now reading the second book, and once again I feel the same way! I watched Frey on Oprah and I agree with what he has to say. Addicts/ Alcoholics have different preception of events that take place because of the way their mind has been altered with drugs and/or alcohol. I believe that is why some of the things that Frey discussed in his book weren't exactly true. If he doesn't agree with AA that is his own opinion. He specifically pointed out that it was how he personally felt to go about overcoming his addictions, he was not telling people to go the route that he did. People need to relax about all the contraversy and just enjoy the book for what it is, a wonderful understanding of an addicts/alcoholics struggle with recovery. I recommend this book to everyone!! You will truely be amazed!!!!!
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from captivating and emotional Which parts of this book are true or not, are still a little bit of a mystery, but none the less, it still managed to captivate and draw emotion. After reading this book I have a better understanding of what a person going through drug and alcohol addicition might go through. Though parts of it are clearly imbelished, I would think that if the events of the book were happening in that exact moment in time, that is what you would be feeling. I think Oprah got it right the first time and it IS a great book. The fact checkers just didn't do their job and sold the book in the wrong part of the store, that's all. GET OVER IT!
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How did this garbage get on the Bestsellers lists? It was almost impossible to finish. Assuming you can get past the incredibly annoying repetition, you still have to trudge thru some pretty deep puddles of vomit and other disgusting scenes. Like so many others, I got this book based on Oprah's recommendation, and I regretted it from the first page. It was predictable, at times sickening, most times unbearably repetitious and tedious. Whether it's embellished or not, this book is just plain awful.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of My Most Favourites This is one of my most favourite books. I was a bit discouraged when I found out it not completly true. It was really hard to seperate what was true or not true. But in all it was a fantastic book. I am looking forward to going out and purchasing Frey's new book.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Bestselling Garbage I thought this book was terrible. The words "shock tactics" come to mind. Mr Frey seems to have thrown in just enough disgusting scenes to horrify his audience, and make them empathize. I don't think this would be inspiring even if all of it were true. I think it's foolish to try and convince other addicts that there are ways to survive other than AA. That program has helped millions of people, people who would not have survived on sheer will alone. Is the author telling everyone that they can do the same thing he has? His counsellors in the book know what they're talking about, and the chances of anyone else getting along with the same philosophy he uses are in my opinion more than 10^6 to 1. This book gives a false sense of hope to people.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story of human nature and winning personal b True or false this is an inspiring story of addiction seen through the mind and eyes of an addict. Having being around many addicts in my life most of this story is true about how they feel and how hard it is to come out of your addictions and find a balance in your life. You actually feel what he is feeling physically and emotionally like you are directly involved. Not an uplifting book but hits you in between the eyes with reality. Somtime we need that.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read, regardless if it completely factua I really enjoyed reading this book. It was written in such a way that it was easy to understand how addictions can take over one's life. James Frey is to be commended for his depiction of the world of addictions rather than raked over the coals for having taken some literary license with some facts. I am sure that if writing this book was cathartic for James Frey, it was also painful; congratulations on a job well done!!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Glimpse into the Life of an Addict I really enjoyed this book. Whether it was based on fact or fiction this story exposed the truth about addiction. It was the portrayal of a man going through detox to rid his life of addiction. I loved the rawness and the repetitiveness of the book. It gave the reader the opportunity to see what a rehabilitation centre is like. It is repetitive and raw. I was also impressed with the way James Frey explored the main character's different relationships. Overall this was a great read. I think everyone should take the time to read this book if they are interested in the truth about addiction and rehabilitation.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forget the controversy and read this book! This book is interesting, informative, disturbing and enlightening. The few facts brought into question, over which Oprah browbeat Mr. Frey on her show, are so unimportant to the overall theme of the book that you shouldn't think twice about them. That should certainly not stop you from reading this book! Its a must-read for anyone who has struggled with addiction or knows someone who has, and Frey's style of writing is also very inspiring for those interested in becoming authors themselves. Forget the controversy; read this book and hold its message in your heart.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it...memoir, fiction or Other! I loved this story. James frey's descriptions of what he was experiencing, made me feel like I could understand how an addicted person feels. I also read "My friend Leonard" and loved that even more. Whether every detail is correct or not, did not affect my opinion of this book. James Frey is a great writer. period.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book from cover to cover. Mr. Frey's writing style is refreshing and different, and really allows the reader to feel like the know the people the are reading about. Even with all the bad press this book received, I would still recommend it to anyone, recovering addict or not. When I finished the book, I couldn't wait to read the next. I look forward to anything Mr. Frey writes in the future.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Intense Read I found this book to be very enjoyable. I really liked James’ writing style. It really brought more to the story and made the reader really feel and almost taste what he’s saying. I thought it was very intense and emotional. The fact that this memoir was critiqued for being so slant really didn’t change how I felt about the story. When you’re reading it, it really didn’t make much of a difference. After reading this book you really felt something. I really enjoyed reading this book and didn’t want to put it down. This novel was very graphic and James didn’t hesitate to give major details on everything from getting sick, to falling in love. I really took a lot out of this story. It shows you a lot about falling in love and not giving up when times get rough. James’ recovery is an amazing story and should be read by anyone who feels the need for support when going through a tough time. I would recommend this to everyone.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you really think about it... If you were to really think about what you're reading when reading this book, it would be very clear to you that most parts are fabricated. Things are just TOO detailed to be written by a man who claims to have done as many drugs as James Frey. It is a good book, if you can get passed that. Quite a few times I had to put the book down because the descriptions were too graphic that I felt like puking myself. Good book none-the-less.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from My Goodness! My goodness what an awful lot of fuss. I admit, I struggled my way through this book (I am not a big memoir or drug subject fan) because Oprah recommended it. The ups and downs of the James Frey experience unfortunately says more about the "Oprah Influence" on the world than it does about the "Frey experience". Did the controversy in the end taint my feeling about the book ... or the story? No. Will I read "My Friend Leonard"? No. I guess that says it all.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fact or fiction who cares! This was an awesome read which I plan to give my daughter when she hits those teen years. It portrays the reality of addiction and the reality of recovery.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN I couldn’t put this book down; I was hooked from the beginning. I am familiar with 12 Step Programs and have seen them be both successful and not so much. I was interested in finding out more about were someone could turn for help when all else has failed. If you are a stickler for proper grammar this book may not be for you; but if you can put the perfectionism aside for a few hours the story is truly worth it. I was always on the edge of my seat so to speak wondering what was next. I was drawn into the story and feeling for the characters as they were introduced. Seeing the steps from rock bottom to recover using something other than a 12 Step Program was very intriguing.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a million emotions.... James Frey did a great job at keeping my undivided attention throughout 75% of the book. Unfortunately I was influenced to stop reading once I found out about potential embellishment of the truth. I have promised myself that I will complete the read in the near future...but have yet to return to it. Regardless of truth, the book was well written and made me feel a whole lot of emotions that I had never experienced to that extent through a book.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "A heart wrenching addiction" Despite the negative publicity, I thought this book was absolutely excellent and would recommend it to avid fiction readers. The plot was as addictive as the main character’s relationship with drugs and alcohol. A Million Little Pieces was a powerful story that I could not wait to finish. A definite page-turner that will make you feel like helping James, and others like him. A quick read that would be great for a long weekend at the cottage, or a long car ride.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as expected Although gut wrencing at times, I don't believe this book deserved all the praise that it received.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to read.. I found this book was written kind of weird. It took me a while to get through it because I had to keep re-reading sentences. I was expecting more from it, with all the buzz it was getting but it really wasn't all that great.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Amazing This was one of the best books I have ever read. Having a friend addicted to drugs, the book helped me understand the emotions he is going through. I this Janes is a great writer and his books are an easy read. I could not put this book down. I have passed it along to others and have bought 8 copies for friends as gifts. Can't wait to read more from James.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put that book down!!! Does it really matter how his girlfriend died? Does it matter how much whiskey he had a day or what kind of drugs? Fact is, he was an addict and he almost died. Fact is, he went through a really hard rehab. Fact is, he is clean for a long time now. His book is great to see how hard it can be and how much it takes of one person to first get clean and then to stay clean!!! I'm sure that this book can be an eye-opener for some addicts. That it is possible to get a fresh start in life!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what we all need to here !! This book is amazing , We all need to here about the real truth of drug and alcohol addiction and not the popularized tv version ! I love the way he tells us about the raw unrated truth of rehab and the true struggle that it is ! Great work !
Date published: 2006-05-31

Read from the Book

I wake to the drone of an airplane engine and the feeling of something warm dripping down my chin. I lift my hand to feel my face. My front four teeth are gone, I have a hole in my cheek, my nose is broken and my eyes are swollen nearly shut. I open them and I look around and I'm in the back of a plane and there's no one near me. I look at my clothes and my clothes are covered with a colorful mixture of spit, snot, urine, vomit and blood. I reach for the call button and I find it and I push it and I wait and thirty seconds later an Attendant arrives. How can I help you? Where am I going? You don't know? No. You're going to Chicago, Sir. How did I get here? A Doctor and two men brought you on. They say anything? They talked to the Captain, Sir. We were told to let you sleep. How long till we land? About twenty minutes. Thank you. Although I never look up, I know she smiles and feels sorry for me. She shouldn't. A short while later we touch down. I look around for anything I might have with me, but there's nothing. No ticket, no bags, no clothes, no wallet. I sit and I wait and I try to figure out what happened. Nothing comes. Once the rest of the Passengers are gone I stand and start to make my way to the door. After about five steps I sit back down. Walking is out of the question. I see my Attendant friend and I raise a hand. Are you okay? No. What's wrong? I can't really walk. If you make it to the door I can get you a chair. How far is the door? Not far. I stand. I wobble. I sit back down. I stare at the floor and take a deep breath. You'll be all right. I look up and she's smiling. Here. She holds out her hand and I take it. I stand and I lean against her and she helps me down the Aisle. We get to the door. I'll be right back. I let go of her hand and I sit down on the steel bridge of the Jetway that connects the Plane to the Gate. I'm not going anywhere. She laughs and I watch her walk away and I close my eyes. My head hurts, my mouth hurts, my eyes hurt, my hands hurt. Things without names hurt. I rub my stomach. I can feel it coming. Fast and strong and burning. No way to stop it, just close your eyes and let it ride. It comes and I recoil from the stench and the pain. There's nothing I can do. Oh my God. I open my eyes. I'm all right. Let me find a Doctor. I'll be fine. Just get me out of here. Can you stand? Yeah, I can stand. I stand and I brush myself off and I wipe my hands on the floor and I sit down in the wheelchair she has brought me. She goes around to the back of the chair and she starts pushing. Is someone here for you? I hope so. You don't know. No. What if no one's there? It's happened before, I'll find my way. We come off the Jetway and into the Gate. Before I have a chance to look around, my Mother and Father are standing in front of me. Oh Jesus. Please, Mom. Oh my God, what happened? I don't want to talk about it, Mom. Jesus Christ, Jimmy. What in Hell happened? She leans over and she tries to hug me. I push her away. Let's just get out of here, Mom. My Dad goes around to the back of the chair. I look for the Attendant but she has disappeared. Bless her. You okay, James? I stare straight ahead. No, Dad, I'm not okay. He starts pushing the chair. Do you have any bags? My Mother continues crying. No. People are staring. Do you need anything? I need to get out of here, Dad. Just get me the fuck out of here. They wheel me to their car. I climb in the backseat and I take off my shirt and I lie down. My Dad starts driving, my Mom keeps crying, I fall asleep. About four hours later I wake up. My head is clear but everything throbs. I sit forward and I look out the window. We've pulled into a Filling Station somewhere in Wisconsin. There is no snow on the ground, but I can feel the cold. My Dad opens the Driver's door and he sits down and he closes the door. I shiver. You're awake. Yeah. How are you feeling? Shitty. Your Mom's inside cleaning up and getting supplies. You need anything? A bottle of water and a couple bottles of wine and a pack of cigarettes. Seriously? Yeah. This is bad, James. I need it. You can't wait. No. This will upset your Mother. I don't care. I need it. He opens the door and he goes into the Filling Station. I lie back down and I stare at the ceiling. I can feel my heart quickening and I hold out my hand and I try to keep it straight. I hope they hurry. Twenty minutes later the bottles are gone. I sit up and I light a smoke and I take a slug of water. Mom turns around. Better? If you want to put it that way. We're going up to the Cabin. I figured. We're going to decide what to do when we get there. All right. What do you think? I don't want to think right now. You're gonna have to soon. Then I'll wait till soon comes. We head north to the Cabin. Along the way I learn that my Parents, who live in Tokyo, have been in the States for the last two weeks on business. At four a.m. they received a call from a friend of mine who was with me at a Hospital and had tracked them down in a hotel in Michigan. He told them that I had fallen face first down a Fire Escape and that he thought they should find me some help. He didn't know what I was on, but he knew there was a lot of it and he knew it was bad. They had driven to Chicago during the night. So what was it? What was what? What were you taking? I'm not sure. How can you not be sure? I don't remember. What do you remember? Bits and pieces. Like what. I don't remember. We drive on and after a few hard silent minutes, we arrive. We get out of the car and we go into the House and I take a shower because I need it. When I get out there are some fresh clothes sitting on my bed. I put them on and I go to my Parents' room. They are up drinking coffee and talking but when I come in they stop. Hi. Mom starts crying again and she looks away. Dad looks at me. Feeling better? No. You should get some sleep. I'm gonna. Good. I look at my Mom. She can't look back. I breathe. I just. I look away. I just, you know. I look away. I can't look at them. I just wanted to say thanks. For picking me up. Dad smiles. He takes my Mother by the hand and they stand and they come over to me and they give me a hug. I don't like it when they touch me so I pull away. Good night. Good night, James. We love you. I turn and I leave their Room and I close their door and I go to the Kitchen. I look through the cabinets and I find an unopened gallon bottle of whiskey. The first sip brings my stomach back up, but after that it's all right. I go to my Room and I drink and I smoke some cigarettes and I think about her. I drink and I smoke and I think about her and at a certain point blackness comes and my memory fails me. Back in the car with a headache and bad breath. We're heading north and west to Minnesota. My Father made some calls and got me into a Clinic and I don't have any other options, so I agree to spend some time there and for now I'm fine with it. It's getting colder. My face has gotten worse and it is hideously swollen. I have trouble speaking, eating, drinking, smoking. I have yet to look in a mirror. We stop in Minneapolis to see my older Brother. He moved there after getting divorced and he knows how to get to the Clinic. He sits with me in the backseat and he holds my hand and it helps because I'm scared. We pull into the Parking Lot and park the car and I finish a bottle and we get out and we start walking toward the Entrance of the Clinic. Me and my Brother and my Mother and my Father. My entire Family. Going to the Clinic. I stop and they stop with me. I stare at the Buildings. Low and long and connected. Functional. Simple. Menacing. I want to run or die or get fucked up. I want to be blind and dumb and have no heart. I want to crawl in a hole and never come out. I want to wipe my existence straight off the map. Straight off the fucking map. I take a deep breath. Let's go. We enter a small Waiting Room. A woman sits behind a desk reading a fashion magazine. She looks up. May I help you? My Father steps forward and speaks with her as my Mother and Brother and I find chairs and sit in them. I'm shaking. My hands and my feet and my lips and my chest. Shaking. For any number of reasons. Mother and Brother move next to me and they take my hands and they hold them and they can feel what is happening to me. We look at the floor and we don't speak. We wait and we hold hands and we breathe and we think. My Father finishes with the woman and he turns around and he stands in front of us. He looks happy and the woman is on the phone. He kneels down. They're gonna check you in now. All right. You're gonna be fine. This is a good place. The best place. That's what I hear. You ready? I guess so. We stand and we move toward a small Room where a man sits behind a desk with a computer. He meets us at the door.I'm sorry, but you have to leave him here. My Father nods. We'll check him in and you can call later to make sure he's all right. My Mother breaks down. He's in the right place. Don't worry. My Brother looks away. He's in the right place. I turn and they hug me. One at a time and hold tight. Squeezing and holding, I show them what I can. I turn and without a word I walk into the Room and the man shuts the door and they're gone. The man shows me a chair and returns to his desk. He smiles. Hi. Hello. How are you? How do I look? Not good. I feel worse. Your name is James. You're twenty-three. You live in North Carolina. Yeah. You're going to stay with us for a while. You okay with that? For now. Do you know anything about this Facility? No. Do you want to know anything? I don't care. He smiles, stares at me for a moment. He speaks. We are the oldest Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility in the World. We were founded in 1949 in an old house that sat on the land where these Buildings, and there are thirty-two interconnected Buildings here, sit now. We have treated over twenty thousand Patients. We have the highest success rate of any Facility in the World. At any given time, there are between two hundred and two hundred and fifty Patients spread through six Units, three of which house men and three of which house women. We believe that Patients should stay here for as long a term as they need, not something as specific as a twenty-eight day Program. Although it is expensive to come here, many of our Patients are here on scholarships that we fund and through subsidies that we support. We have an endowment of several hundred million dollars. We not only treat Patients, we are also one the leading Research and Educational Institutions in the field of Addiction Studies. You should consider yourself fortunate to be here and you should be excited to start a new chapter in your life. I stare at the man. I don't speak. He stares back at me, waiting for me to say something. There is an awkward moment. He smiles. You ready to get started? I don't smile. Sure. He gets up and I get up and we walk down a hall. He talks and I don't. The doors are always open here, so if you want to leave, you can. Substance use is not allowed and if you're caught using or possessing, you will be sent Home. You are not allowed to say anything more than hello to any women aside from Doctors, Nurses or Staff Members. If you violate this rule, you will be sent Home. There are other rules, but those are the only ones you need to know right now. We walk through a door into the Medical Wing. There are small Rooms and Doctors and Nurses and a Pharmacy. The cabinets have large steel locks. He shows me to a Room. It has a bed and a desk and a chair and a closet and a window. Everything is white. He stands at the door and I sit on the bed. A Nurse will be here in a few minutes to talk with you. Fine. You feel okay? No, I feel like shit. It'll get better. Yeah. Trust me. Yeah. The man leaves and he shuts the door and I'm alone. My feet bounce, I touch my face, I run my tongue along my gums. I'm cold and getting colder. I hear someone scream. The door opens and a Nurse walks into the Room. She wears white, all white, and she is carrying a clipboard. She sits in the chair by the desk. Hi, James. Hi. I need to ask you some questions. All right. I also need to check your blood pressure and your pulse. All right. What type of substances do you normally use? Alcohol. Every day? Yes. What time do you start drinking?

Bookclub Guide

US1. A Million Little Pieces presents some unusual formal innovations: Instead of using quotation marks, each piece of dialogue is set off on its own line with only occasional authorial indications of who is speaking; paragraphs are not indented; sentences sometimes run together without punctuation; and many passages read more like poetry than prose. How do these innovations affect the pace of the writing? How do they contribute to the book's rawness and immediacy? How is James Frey's unconventional style appropriate for this story?2. A Million Little Pieces is a nonfiction memoir, but does it also read like a novel? How does Frey create suspense and sustain narrative tension throughout? What major questions are raised and left unresolved until the end of the book? Is this way of writing about addiction more powerful than an objective study might be?3. Why does the Tao Te Ching speak to James so powerfully? Why does he connect with it whereas the Bible and Twelve Steps literature leave him cold? How is this little book of ancient Chinese wisdom relevant to the issues an addict must face?4. James is frequently torn between wanting to look into his own eyes to see himself completely and being afraid of what he might find: "I want to look beneath the surface of the pale green and see what's inside of me, what's within me, what I'm hiding. I start to look up but I turn away. I try to force myself but I can't" [p. 32]. Why can't James look himself in the eye? Why is it important that he do so? What finally enables him to see himself?5. When his brother Bob tells James he has to get better, James replies, "I don't know what happened or how I ever ended up like this, but I did, and I've got some huge fucking problems and I don't know if they're fixable. I don't know if I'm fixable" [p. 131]. Does the book ever fully reveal the causes of James's addictions? How and why do you think he ended up "like this"?6. Why are James and Lilly so drawn to each other? In what way is their openness with each other significant for their recovery?7. Joanne calls James the most stubborn person she has ever met. At what moments in the book does that stubbornness reveal itself most strongly? How does being stubborn help James? How does it hurt or hinder him?8. The counselors at the clinic insist that the Twelve Steps program is the only way addicts can stay sober. What are James's reasons for rejecting it? Are they reasons that might be applicable to others or are they only relevant to James's own personality and circumstances? Is he right in thinking that a lifetime of "sitting in Church basements listening to People whine and bitch and complain" is nothing more than "the replacement of one addiction with another" [p. 223]?9. What are the sources of James's rage and self-hatred? How do these feelings affect his addictions? How does James use physical pain as an outlet for his fury?10. How is Frey able to make the life of an addict so viscerally and vividly real? Which passages in the book most powerfully evoke what it's like to be an addict? Why is it important, for the overall impact of the book, that Frey accurately convey these feelings?11. When Miles asks James for something that might help him, James thinks it's funny that a Federal Judge is asking him for advice, to which Miles replies: "We are all the same in here. Judge or Criminal, Bourbon Drinker or Crackhead" [p. 271]. How does being a recovering addict in the clinic negate social and moral differences? In what emotional and practical ways are the friendships James develops, especially with Miles and Leonard, crucial to his recovery?12. James refuses to see himself as a victim; or to blame his parents, his genes, his environment, or even the severe physical and emotional pain he suffered as a child from untreated ear infections for his addictions and destructive behavior. He blames only himself for what has happened in his life. What cultural currents does this position swim against? How does taking full responsibility for his actions help James? How might finding someone else to blame have held him back?13. Bret Easton Ellis, in describing A Million Little Pieces, commented, "Beneath the brutality of James Frey's painful process, there are simple gestures of kindness that will reduce even the most jaded to tears." What are some of those moments of kindness and compassion and genuine human connection that make the book so moving? Why do these moments have such emotional power?14. In what ways does A Million Little Pieces illuminate the problem of alcohol and drug addiction in the United States today? What does Frey's intensely personal voice add to the national debate about this issue?

From Our Editors

In January 2006, nearly three years after the original publication of his substance abuse and recovery memoir, A Million Little Pieces, author James Frey acknowledged that he "embellished many details about past experiences" and altered portions of his book.

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping.... A great story.... You can't help but cheer his victory.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review“James Frey's staggering recovery memoir could well be seen as the final word on the topic.” —San Francisco Chronicle“The most lacerating tale of drug addiction since William S. Burroughs' Junky.” —The Boston Globe“Frey’s book sets itself apart ... spare, deadpan language belies the horror of what he’s describing — a meltdown dispatched in telegrams.” —The New York Times Book Review“Anyone who has ever felt broken and wished for a better life will find inspiration in Frey’s story.” —People“Ripping, gripping.... It’s a staggeringly sober book whose stylistic tics are well-suited to its subject matter, and a finger in the eye of the culture of complaint.... Engrossing.” —Philadelphia Inquirer“A frenzied, electrifying description of the experience.” —The New Yorker“We finish A Million Little Pieces like miners lifted out of a collapsed shaft: exhausted, blackened, oxygen-starved, but alive, thrillingly, amazingly alive.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune“One of the most compelling books of the year.... Incredibly bold.... Somehow accomplishes what three decades’ worth of cheesy public service announcements and after-school specials have failed to do: depict hard-core drug addiction as the self-inflicted apocalypse that it is.” —The New York Post“Thoroughly engrossing.... Hard-bitten existentialism bristles on every page.... Frey’s prose is muscular and tough, ideal for conveying extreme physical anguish and steely determination.” —Entertainment Weekly“Incredible.... Mesmerizing.... Heart-rending.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution“A rising literary star ... has birthed a poetic account of his recovery. [A Million Little Pieces is] stark ... disturbing ... rife with raw emotion.” —Chicago Sun-Times“Frey will probably be hailed in turn as the voice of a generation.” —Elle“We can admire Frey for his fierceness, his extremity, his solitary virtue, the angry ethics of his barroom tribe, and his victory over his furies.... A compelling book.” —New York“An intimate, vivid and heartfelt memoir. Can Frey be the greatest writer of his generation? Maybe.” —New York Press“Incredible.... A ferociously compelling memoir.” —The Plain Dealer“Insistent as it is demanding.... A story that cuts to the nerve of addiction by clank-clank-clanking through the skull of the addicted.... A critical milestone in modern literature.” —Orlando Weekly“At once devastatingly bleak and heartbreakingly hopeful.... Frey somehow manages to make his step-by-step walk through recovery compelling.” —Charlotte Observer“A stark, direct and graphic documentation of the rehabilitation process.... The strength of the book comes from the truth of the experience.” —The Oregonian“A virtual addiction itself, viscerally affecting.... Compulsively readable.” —City Paper (Washington, DC)“Powerful ... haunting ... addictive.... A beautiful story of recovery and reconciliation.” —Iowa City Press-Citizen“An exhilarating read.... Frey’s intense, punchy prose renders his experiences with electrifying immediacy.” —Time Out New York“Describes the hopelessness and the inability to stop with precision.... As anyone who has ever spent time in a rehab can testify ... he gets that down too.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Frey comes on like the world’s first recovering-addict hero.... [His] criticism of the twelve-step philosophy is provocative and his story undeniably compelling.” —GQ“[A] gruesomely absorbing account, told in stripped-down, staccato prose.” —Details“Frey has devised a rolling, pulsating style that really moves ... undeniably striking.... A fierce and honorable work that refuses to glamorize [the] author’s addiction or his thorny personality.... A book that makes other recovery memoirs look, well, a little pussy-ass.” —Salon