A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club

by James Frey

September 22, 2005 | Trade Paperback

A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club is rated 4.31155778894472 out of 5 by 199.

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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.97 in

Published: September 22, 2005

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0307276902

ISBN - 13: 9780307276902

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Moving A very moving story that provides a new perspective on addiction and the recovery process.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from captivating!! Even though you know that Frey's book is all lies it was written with alot of discription allowing you to get sucked into the book. there is so much detail but it's simplistic enough that feel like you are there with the character living what he lives, feeling what he feels. A great book! Enspiring if it were true, but a great read for fiction!
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give the man a break, he's brilliant! I recommend this read to anyone who is connected in anyway to addiction, so I guess that would be everyone! Never mind the media hype, the truth is Frey is a great writer and I don't care if he fabricated the truth. If you look into the core message of the book and open your mind without judgement you will walk away with an understanding that you never thought possible of the life and mind of an addict. Give it a shot!! Don't let others make decisions for you!!!
Date published: 2006-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, but won't read his next one I found this book to be completely addictive (pardon my choice of word). I read it in two days, and went through so many emotions while reading it. Afterwards i went around to my friends telling them to read this book, and that James Frey was the most amazing man ever. After hearing so much of his book was fabricated, it really irritated me! James' "character" broke my heart in the book because of what he went through, and i felt so much compassion and empathy for him until i heard all the controversy surrounding this book. i would have read this book and loved it as much if he had classed as a fiction, as he most definitely should have. I was going to read his book My Friend Leonard as well, but when i picked it up and read the first words which were telling about his first day in jail, i just had to put it down considering he lied about jail as well. This man is obviously an excellent storyteller, and though i respect him for what he went through and the man he became, if he was going to write a non-fiction book about his experiences, he should been honest.
Date published: 2006-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Despite the Controversy Last week, I put aside the controversy surrounding James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” long enough to read the book. The first thing I have to say is that this book is not for the faint of heart because Frey favours explicit language and often describes scenes that made me cringe with both empathy and horror – especially a certain scene at a dentist’s office (when you read it you’ll know exactly what I mean). However, Frey does have a way with words so there were also passages that made me smile, think, or just laugh. But, most importantly, once I was finished the book I was left with a good feeling. It’s nice to read a tale of a man climbing back towards life after hitting “rock bottom;” in fact, most of us know someone who has had to do just that. Now, I know that many people were outraged that Frey manipulated the facts in this book. However, my advice is to read his book whether it’s true or not; I know that I would have enjoyed the book even if every last detail had been made up because it is well-written and speaks to the heart.
Date published: 2006-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who cares about Oprah I loved the book, I was impressed with the easy reading, considering the nature of the subject. No one really understands addiction like an addict does, no one realizes how strong addiction is like an addict, and no one knows how easy it is to be an addict like an addict does. A book like this should be part of school cirriculums. I cannot wait to read "My friend Leonard". Good on you James for your honesty.
Date published: 2006-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Thought Was Wonderful! After Oprah's bashing of the book I wasn't really interested in the book and in the whole controversy surrounding it. Oprah, what is your problem? I thought this book was so touching and real. His writing style makes me relate to him so much more. The word is REAL!!!! Whether or not he had 2 or 3 root canals is really irrelevant!!! I loved it and am running to buy "My Friend Leonard"!!
Date published: 2006-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Exaggerations are the best part. Did I like the book as he wrote it? No. His writing style may seem innovative to some but truthfully it leaves a lot to be desired. His use of capitals every few words is meaningless and immature and his stream of consciousness style makes me think he is comparing himself to James Joyce. Not even close. The cardinal rule of writing - "show don't tell" is lost on him (perhaps he was high during that class). The concept was a good one but his flat matter of fact tone refused to allow me to empathize with him or any other character for even a second. The reason I didn't flat out hate the book, however, is in the story I don't believe he meant to tell. Knowing the book to be an exaggeration on his life adds a new dimension to my understanding of him and the other characters...makes me wonder why did he exaggerate this or that or portray himself in such a way in comparison to the other characters... The story, the hype, his response to it and the writing style itself, taken together, expose elements of Frey's character and personality, neither of which are pretty, and gave me more insight into the qualities of an addict than all the capitalized exclamation marks he threw at me.
Date published: 2006-04-03
Date published: 2006-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Read!! I thought this book was great. I loved how he wrote the book exactly how he was thinking...no grammar or anything. It really adds to the effect of the book...it makes you feel like you are really experiencing what happened with him. I loved this book regardless of all the stuff being said about it in the media...I really think he got the point across to people that are going through the same thing. This is an excellent book for anyone that is or has suffered like James has or knows anyone that is going through it. This guy still experienced all these things regardless of whether he embellished on it a little. He still had a problem and overcame it which is amazing to read about and really gives hope to others in the same position. I highly recommend it...you must be very open-minded though as it can get pretty hardcore at times.
Date published: 2006-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing If you have you are or have ever wondered about the world of an addict this book is for you. Having been an addict I related to the fact that everything you do is to fuel the addiction. You work to pay for your alcohol or drugs, you stay up at night doing them while trying to be functional the next day and even that becomes less and less important. James Frey captured the thoughts you have and the 'need' you have for them. Even though all the facts might not be true, please give the book a chance the main idea is true and you'll enjoy it.
Date published: 2006-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ I couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed the way it was written and I found it engrossing. There were some sections of the story a little far fetched but this did not take away from it. Even after the "truth" about the exaggerations, my view of this book did not change. I would recommend this book!
Date published: 2006-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC I thought that James Frey's writing style made this book more compelling. The story was interesting, because really how often to you get the inside scoop on how rehab centres work? I think that all the hype was unnecessary, this is James' story, told the way HE preceived and remembered it. Its about addiction and being REALLY messed up, that doesnt always translate into perfect memories. A fantastic quick read. So good that I'm nearly done his second book My friend Leonard, a great way to finish the story.
Date published: 2006-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I've Ever Read I absolutely adore this book. I thank James Frey a million times over for writing it. I can't wait to start My Friend Leonard. Keep on writing James.
Date published: 2006-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written book I became completely engrossed in this book. I purchased this book after the news broke about parts of the book being fabricated. I am not an Oprah fan and do not agree with how she treated Mr. Frey on her show. Everyone elaborates to an extent when they tell a story, that is human nature. The book, even with it's elaborations, was an amazing story and well written. I enjoyed the style of the writing and couldn't put this book down. It helped me, a non-addict, to see life through an addicts eyes and opened my eyes to how difficult living with and getting over an addiction can be. You cannot discount the fact that Mr. Frey did go through a harrowing experience and did come through to the other side a new man who has a powerful story to tell.
Date published: 2006-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from worth the read I think people should read the book even if it's not all *the truth*. Sure the book would have a larger impact on people if it were, but think about it. Do people stop reading Harry Potter because it's not true? NO! And why? Because we like made up things, thats the truth. People like being lied too, we might not like admitting it , but think about it, humans like intwining themselves into fantasy worlds. This book is a must read for everyone or anyone who has had a problem in their life, and for everyone to know that at least someone, fictional or non fictional has been through worst.
Date published: 2006-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is boring and a waste of time This book is terrible. It's boring, stupid/ I read this book before the truth came out, it's still stupid and boring.
Date published: 2006-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story - even if it has been altered I loved this book - couldn't put it down. I was 1/2 way done the book when all the rumors and gossip and the Oprah re-interview with James happened. I didn't care - the book is still amazing. Yes, it is disappointing that James didn't tell the complete truth, but we are not all truthful or see the truth differently. He still went through a lot and he made it through his addiction, it doesn't change how the book and his advice has helped others. This book was entertaining and I enjoyed it !
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disapointed I was so excited getting this book for Christmas from my husband and now I'm just so disapointed that I cannot even read it after all of this. It wouldn't so bad if he would of only alterred a few minor details in the book but it's the exageration of situations that troubles me. And even then when asked a question by Oprah he doesn't really even answer her which makes me doubt the entire book now. I was so looking forward to reading this if only I would of read it before knowing the truth it wouldn't of been so bad. And I can't believe that they still honor it on the website with Oprah's Book Club.
Date published: 2006-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a million little pieces..worth the read first off, this book is amazing, second oprah is a tool who is trying to cover herself now after pumping this book to no. 1. even if the book isnt all true it still has a great message and i think people should take that away with themselves. it is wonderfully written and i suggest reading
Date published: 2006-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT!!!! A MUST READ!! As many of us have said, WHO CARES IF IT ISN'T ALL TRUTH!!! This is still an excellent book! This book kept me turning the pages over and over. It is very graphic, but an overall excellent read! My sister and I both have read it and loved it. As far as I am concerned, if one person reads this book and decides not to do drugs anymore, it has served its purpose! Shame on you all for giving James a hard time, at least he had the guts to write about his life.
Date published: 2006-02-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh My God He could have just wrote what really happened, maybe make up a few things, but come on. I think he took wrong advice from someone. Don't read this book, cause I would rather read what actually happened.
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Even if James did change a few details in his book, this is a dark time of his life that he is sharing with the world to reach out to others that may be going through a similiar time in their lives. So many people needed to read a book like this to know there is hope and I still think it's a wonderful read. Look at the people who have decided to change their lives because of this book..it can't be all that bad can it?
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Although there is a lot on controversy pertaining to this book and all of the lies that James Frey made, it is still an excellent and revealing look into the mind of an addict. I don't agree with anyone who says that they should be refunded their money because they were duped. I can think of many other books that I have read that I wish I could have been refunded my money, but this book is not one of them. In essence James Frey has given his readers a true picture into the life of a diseased addict, and so what if he embellished the truth - that is what has made this book what it is. I am sure that there are many memoirs out there that have embellishments and half-truths in them as well, we just don't know about them. It's unfortunate that Frey has to deal with all of the whiners who are crying over being lied to and have decided to sue him. It's just another reason why this book is more popular than ever. I bought the book to see what the hype was, and I read it in two days, it was that good. I think that if you are on the fence and not sure if you want to read it, just read it! You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2006-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could have been summarized to five pages Im almost at the end of the book, and I feel like i've been reading the same 5 pages over and over again. Somewhere at the half-way point I found out it wasn't exactly all the 'truth'... but anyone who's read the book could have told you that. At least the book is discounted / on sale now.... a more 'truthful' reflection of what its worth.
Date published: 2006-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! This is without a doubt, 100% the BEST book EVER!! Everyone on this planet should have the priviledge of reading it. It is just so good, i could not even put it down. I do not care about that lie controversy, the book only has about 3-4 pages maximum that say anything about the untrue events. Why dont people look at the rest of the book which is 386 pages of truth. But anyway even if james frey did make it up, the book is such a masterpiece it just means that he is an AMAZING writer. I read this book a month ago, and still cant stop talking about it!
Date published: 2006-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Judge for yourself how great this book really is Despite all the controversy with this book, it is still by far an amazing book! Its uplifting, powerful and just an incredible read! This is based on a true story, not a memoir but it doesn't change the underlying message that James is trying portray. I think you should judge for yourself if you like the book, despite what anybody's opinion is. If you don't want to buy the book then borrow it. I'm sure you'll end up buying a copy for yourself to hold onto.
Date published: 2006-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still the best book I've read in years! This is the best book I've read in years. Recent media attention & talk show host abandonment doesn't change my opinion.
Date published: 2006-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces Terrible book. Everyone should have their money refunded
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces Still the best book I've ever read!! So what, James' book should have been catagorized as 'based on a true story' not a 'memoir', it doesn't change his powerful writing or the power of the message. My son read it as well and says people should leave James alone..... if you don't want to read the book..... your loss!! James, you should have said the word 'sorry' to Oprah on her show the other day though. I think all she was reallylooking for was an apology! My Friend Leonard was the second best book I've ever read. Hopefully, James keeps on writing.
Date published: 2006-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are Lies always inappropriate? Sometimes in order to convey a specific message successfully you need to exagerate and possibly lie. Some could argue that hope is selective and should not be given when chance for success is slim, however i believe that if something as simplistic as a book can give people hope and meaning then there's nothing wrong with it! It was an Excellent book and although I think the way the author presented the book was wrong the fundamentals are still there.
Date published: 2006-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thousand Little Pieces Unlike others, I have absolutely nothing to lose by saying this is one excellent book. Exagerations, Lies, I really didn't care. The book kept me spellbound. It was one of those rare books that keeps you up nights A simply can't put down book. How often does that happen? What does that say about the skills of the writer? He kept me glued to the page. I think the big issue is that the book wound up in the wrong category. How about, fiction based on truth? Something to get him off the hot seat. I'd like to see his next book get a fair chance. Furthermore....I'm looking forward to reading it. -A-
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truth or not! Honestly, I started reading this book because of Oprah. As I read it, I was wowed by how it was written and the content. Truth or not, this book is a great read.
Date published: 2006-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Regardless of Controversy,It's Still a Great Read For some reason, while I was reading the book, it felt like I was reading something fictional. I questioned some of the situations in the book, its felt like they were exagerrated. Now I know why. The book is somewhat fictional. But I read it for pure entertainment, which is why the embellishments didn't affect me so much. I still find it a great read, regardless of the controversy.
Date published: 2006-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOOD, GREAT, EXCELLENT It's a definite must read! Put aside what everyone has been telling you and what you've been hearing on TV about it, pick up the book and discover it for yourself. It's too good to pass judgements on before reading it.
Date published: 2006-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let's not forget... An absolutely fantastic book. I agree with those that say who cares was it is, it was greatly written but I also agree with those that say he lied about the truth . Yes it has been greatly written, but it can bother those who read it with the thought that these are true facts. If you can read it and ignore that it is a memoire, then it's FANTASTIC. But if you're going to read it and keep in mind that it's an exaggeration of his life then it will upset you for certain. I highly reccommed reading it with an open mind.
Date published: 2006-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from amillionlittlepieces We all know that his book is a fraud, a lie, an overexaggeration..whatever you want to call it. If you're like me who really enjoyed the book because it was good material, then get over the controversy then enjoy it for that. Don't say the book is horrible just because we found out Frey lied about many things. A million little pieces is still a great book, has an extremely unique style and was written well, whether the stuff was true or not. Appreciate the book because it's different and don't hate it just because there's so much controversy about it now. Even after hearing about his lies, I still think, so what? He wrote an amazing book as an AUTHOR, not as James Frey, ex-addict.
Date published: 2006-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has to be the best book (besides My Friend Leonard I really don't understand how Oprah can shoot down a person in one hour, just for imbellishing parts of his book. I have never been a book reader, but was unable to put this book down, the things Mr. Frey had to go through, which I believe, was insane, and for anyone who went through that kind of torment should be commended and shown appreciation to. This whole issue about whether or not he lied or imbellished part of the book is irrelevant, the man is a hero to many and should be thanked for being able to put all this on paper to inspire many and even save the lives of others. If you haven't read this book, I urge you to buy both his books (but be prepared for many late nights :) Thank you James!!!
Date published: 2006-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Damn the bad press Regardless of all the negative attention this book is now getting, I still feel it is one of the best, along with My Friend Leonard that I have ever read. Yeah, he embellished parts to make it more interesting. Does that make the book now suck? I think not. His writing style is unique, and his characters (if I must use the term) are endearing. I would read both books over & over, along with anything he writes in the future be it fiction or non.
Date published: 2006-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A million little lies This book was really good. I read it before all the publicity came out about the exaggeration. Hoeever, when I read it it seemed a little embelished. Half the events that he wrote about could never really happen in real life. James Frey is a liar, why couldn't he have just said it was a fiction novel to begin with, I think it still would have been a hit.
Date published: 2006-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from million little pieces i enjoyed your book , whether it was true or not. I felt as thou oprah was over doing it, she was pretty hard on you. I have two daughters who also read the book, and they feel the same way I do. enjoy life you deserve the best........... yours truely barb
Date published: 2006-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from a WARNING to all readers This book is a fantastic work of FICTION. It is by no means a memoir. James Frey is a liar, and after his performance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in September, essentially a theif. As an avid reader, I feel betrayed by the authors perception of what is real and what is imagined.
Date published: 2006-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from see the big pic !!!! Guys I just finished reading this book. Started reading this after I heard about it in the news about the exaggeration. I guess its perfectly normal to add fillers to a story for the sake of continuity. The book's title is a million little pieces but if he had written it without fillers, the story would have been a million little pieces. see it as interest element which keeps you hooked to a great success story. I loved the book, Undoubtedly, its the best book I have ever read till date, I ll go as far as saying that Its better than all those self help books in the market. I ll recommend it to everyone addict or non addict. this book is for everyone who can learn from others experiences.
Date published: 2006-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Truth the only value of the book He is liar, he is a fraud and he is a Millionaire. I loved it when it was true...it is meaningless now! He wrote it to sell...no to honour his truth. We are left in doubt as to what he really went through. You can actually see now what he made up & why....TO MAKE MONEY!!! Make no mistake the power of this book was in the truth! We have been duped.
Date published: 2006-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from give the guy a break I think it is competely rediculous the way people are picking through james book to find flaws, and slight fallacies. Can't we just appriciate a great piece of literature? James Frey poured his heart and sole into this book, and regardless of some possible exageration, i think that was extremely brave of him. This book has managed to help many troubled people who didn't have anywhere to turn, and has made many people rethink there lives and how they live. If it required some exageration on James's part, to help people like that, why not? Any book that can change people, fact or fiction, is a feet of excelence in my opinion. I dont think we should put down something so amazing as this that can help people in enormous ways.
Date published: 2006-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club by Jame Loved this book. Rarely does a book keep me up past midnight, one night it was 3 am before I put it down. For anyone battling any kind of addiction...they will find encouragement from this book.
Date published: 2006-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I could relate somewhat to his story as my friend brought me this book while I was in the hospital, spending time for over two months. I could relate to the feelings of out-of-control that comes along with having to trust the people around you and depend on other people for a change (not as easy as one might think). Although I read it while I was highly medicated and nursing my addiction to Morphine (the complete opposite of what the book is about) I could relate and that is all that you can really ask from a book. If it makes you feel, then it is good. All of this controversy surrounding whether or not things happened, who cares? Take it for what it is, everyone tells things in their own way/from their own perspective and only he knows what he was feeling/what he went through. All in all, I loved it. In fact, I will read it again and again and again as I do with all my favorite books.
Date published: 2006-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable This is best book I have ever read. After reading this book I feel like I know Mr.Frey. By reading this book it gives me a different point of view of people with addictions. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows someone with a addiction and wants to understand them a little better.
Date published: 2006-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from breath taking I am a person,who has a real hard time getting into a book, but when when I opened the first page , I had a really hard time to put the book down. It is so real and so true what this man was saying and I know that what he was saying helped so many people who read this book. I'm not a addict of any kind, but it made me think of how this book is going to help peolpe with addict problems.This book is breath taking in many ways, my words cannot express the way this book made me feel, so thank you very much for the story,and keep up the hard journey ahead I know it will be a long one, but well worth it in the end. thank you
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rigerous Honesty and Mark Flanagan ...A Million Little Pieces. Mark Flanagan, "While utterly rejecting the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Frey simultaneously embraces one of its key tenets: rigorous honesty. He renders his stay at Hazelden with glaring candor..." So much for rigorous honesty . It's unfortunate that Frey was not rigorously honest in his book. Apparently Frey offered the book as a novel but Random House convinced him to call it a Memoir . Seems that non-fiction sales better than fiction. How embarrassing for Frey, Random House and even Oprah who seemed more interested in saving face and credibility than truth in her defense of the book. The defense should be Well yes Frey lied indeed and he should apologize profusely because of this and offer to take all profits (so should Random House) from the book and donate it to not for profit recovery centers. The public that has been influenced by the book should recognize that we all have are frailties and that Frey's dishonesty should not influence one way or the other ones recovery or attempt at recovery. Sincerely, David Counts San Francisco, Ca Buy the way I am in recovery as well and have my own horror stories and know others as well that have had even more difficult lives. I am also in a 12 step program and one problem (because we are all wonderfully frail people) is that often times people embellish their stories to top the previous guys story. A life of horrors is much more attractive and alluring than the life or ordinary trials and tribulations. It also sales more book.
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a keeper This book drew me in and kept my in until I finished. An easy to read book full of trial. I really felt close to what the author was feeling.
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passionate and True My experience with reading this book was complex. It left me with so many feelings. You can relate to everything in this book. Everyone deals with some kind of addiction and to be able to say It is my choice and no other is very powerful - I salute James Frey and I thank him for giving me some inner strength. To believe that you yourself is the creator of your destiny - nothing else. Thank you so much for this book - I will remember it always.
Date published: 2006-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SSSOOOOOO Good This book is so awesome that you will be in awe of it for a very long time. The descriptions of events in the life of James Frey while in rehab were so detailed that you could almost put yourself in that moment and feel all his anguish. This is by far the best book I've read in my life......try it. You won't be sorry.
Date published: 2006-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important read for anyone...addict or not I found it difficult to put this book down. I think that the story of James Frey was interesting, depressing and sad but at the same time it was fascinating, gripping and inspiring. I think this is an important read for anyone whether you are a drug addict of not. I think this book shows us all how vulnerable we are and how we all need to take charge and responsibility for our lives and our decisions. And most importantly, how we need to live with ourselves and our choices and make our lives what we want them to be. I'm dissappointed about the recent negativity surrounding certain elements in his book. I feel that the areas that he wrote about that aren't completely accurate are unimportant and irrelevant. Yes his criminal charges were somewhat exaggerated but does that really matter? His struggles were true and his strength is true and his triumph is true...and to me that's all that matters.
Date published: 2006-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will changes lives I could care less about what the media is saying about this book. This book tells the reader the real side of drugs and alcohol. If that helps ONE person recognize thier addition, seek help and overcome thier addiction, then this book has done something amazing. Thank you James Frey for writing this book.
Date published: 2006-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This was without doubt one of the best books i have ever read. The fact that such a small (and really, not the most significant) portion of this book is under scrutiny is disapointing, because i feel that it draws away from the raw truth and hard reality that is at the core of the book. Mr. Frey has overcome severe addictions, and noone can question the struggles he has endured. I applaud and admire him. He is a great writter, and i recommend the book to anyone who isn't afraid to dive into a world of addictions and alcoholism. James writes a fantastic and inspiring story of a recovery that most people thought was impossible.
Date published: 2006-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... Wow... this has got to be one of the best book that i have ever read. It is totally worth the time and money.Even after watching him on CNN i still totally soport James frey .
Date published: 2006-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a million little peices i really like this book, it's excellent. even if james frey did make up a lot of the stuff he wrote in this book it's still good writing and a good read.
Date published: 2006-01-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a worthwhile read Funny how when I was reading this book it did not ring true most of the time and now I see on the CNN homepage an article titled A Million Little Pieces a Fraud and the words The man who duped Oprah contained in this article. This book should have been on the fiction shelf. Aside from not being impressed with the overall book I am even more disappointed that it was passed off as non-fiction. I was going to give it a poor review before the news article but that just cements this rating.
Date published: 2006-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will never forget it. Absolutley Excellent. Worth all the hype. The writing style is unique and refreshing. He writes like a person actually thinks. Whether your struggling with addiction or not, the reader is pulled into the gravity of what it is like to be an addict. A must read. Anyone can learn something from this story.
Date published: 2006-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very disappointing I have read many many books greater than this one. This book falls into the mediocre category in my opinion. I bought it after I bought into the hype and I'm regretting not buying it used and saving myself some money. The book seems unbelieveable most of the time, it is self-pitying page after page, line after line, grammatical error after grammatical error, and it seems like an attempt to write a book just to get famous. I love recommending books to friends and coworkers but this is one book that I will not recommend. I have no doubt that Mr.Frey was/is an addict but this is an obvious blatant attempt to raise his bank balance.
Date published: 2006-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I absolutely loved this book. I'm not an addict or an alcoholic, but I feel as though I know what its like to be one now. The struggles, the pain, the hardships were all felt through James' book. I reccommend it EVERYONE I talk to!! I fell in love with James and his story and I really hope this gets made into a movie someday. Read it! And 'just hold on'.
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserving of all the hype!!! I figured this book was going to be extremely over-rated, but it really was amazing. It really does deserve all the praise it's been receiving!
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces I Just read A Million Little Pieces and found it to be harsh and disturbing in some parts. The realitiy is that the life of addict is harsh and disturbing, and how unbelievably corageous James Frey is for sharing his story. I couldn't put the book down! I felt like If I knew someone who had just started down the path of addiction, I would give them this book!! It really relayed the scary, lonely,and hopeless world of drug addiction with no sugar coating & in no way glamourizing it! 5 stars!! I will absolutely read his next book!
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutly Amazing This is one of the best books I have ever read. I couldnt put it down. It is so amazing what the human body can go through and still keep going. I really recommend this book to anyone who knows anyone with any kind of addiction.
Date published: 2006-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces I really expected more from this book. Their was so much hype about it. I read it, and hated it. I understand that this is a real life story, and I'm not saying that his battle was not courageous. I just didn't like the book. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2006-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read! A Million Little Pieces is an amazing book. I just couldn't put it down. The fact that the words are real situations makes you eager to keep reading. You want to know what happens next..always. His torrid love affair keeps you on the edge of your seat and hoping for the best. The ending feels like a kick in the stomach..though I will say no more because I wouldn't want to spoilt the ending..the ending that you MUST read. I can't wait to read his other novel My Friend Leonard.
Date published: 2006-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Million Little Pieces This book was amazing. You feel like you can relate to James so well. You can feel his emotions while reading this book. When he cries, you cry. When he laughs, you laugh. I'm reading My Friend Leonard right now...both great books
Date published: 2006-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Titilating, but hard to relate to A million little pieces may offer some shocking realities for people unfamiliar to addictions, but to those in recovery it is just another story in millions. Frey's attempt ro be contavertial by rejecting 12 step ideology may sell books, but it is a bit misleading for people, especielly parents, who are looking for answers around drug issues. I preferred David Grant's The Demon & the Monk: My Life of Crime, Addiction & Recovery. He is more of an everyman , coming form a very middle class home, spiralling down into addiction and crime. His entry into AARC at age 21 is a great story, and really does show the dangers of drugs and showcases a rehab that works.
Date published: 2005-12-31

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A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club

A Million Little Pieces: Oprah's Book Club

by James Frey

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.97 in

Published: September 22, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307276902

ISBN - 13: 9780307276902

About the Book

At the age of twenty-three, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his four front teeth had been knocked out. His nose was broken and there was a hole through his cheek. He had no idea where the plane was headed or what had happened over the preceding two weeks. He had been an alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three. When he checked into a treatment facility shortly thereafter, he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached twenty-four.
A Million Little Pieces is Frey's acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab; fiercely honest and deeply affecting, it is one of the most graphic and immediate books ever to be written about addiction and recovery.

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.
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From the Publisher

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

From the Jacket

“The most lacerating tale of drug addiction since William S. Burroughs’ Junky.” —The Boston Globe

“Again and again, the book delivers recollections that leave the reader winded and unsteady. James Frey’s staggering recovery memoir could well be seen as the final word on the topic.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“A brutal, beautifully written memoir.”—The Denver Post

“Gripping . . . A great story . . . You can’t help but cheer his victory.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“From the get-go, [Frey’s] book sets itself a part, its narrative unspooling in short, unindented paragraphs and barely punctuated sentences whose spare, deadpan language belies the horror of what he’s describing – a meltdown dispatched in telegrams.” —The New York Times Book Review

“One of the best stories of transformation I’ve ever read. . . . Anyone who has ever felt broken and wished for a better life will find inspiration in Frey’s story. This won’t be the last we’ll hear of him.” —People

“A ripping, gripping read. 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 Magazine

“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 Magazine

“An intimate, vivid and heartfelt memoir. Can Frey be the greatest writer of his generation? Maybe.” –New York Press

“Incredible… A ferociously compelling memoir.” –Cleveland 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

About the Author

James Frey is originally from Cleveland. He is also the author of My Friend Leonard. He is married and lives in New York.

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 conve
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Bookclub Guide


1. 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?