James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions. He insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become, which he feels runs counter to his counselor's recipes for recovery. He must fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart. And he must battle the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion.
An uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and reconstructed, and a provocative alternative understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery, A Million Little Pieces marks the debut of a bold and talented literary voice.
*In January 2006, the author and publisher of this title acknowledged that a number of facts had been altered and incidents embellished.
©2003 James Frey; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
"A Million Little Pieces is this generation's most comprehensive book about addiction: a heartbreaking memoir defined by its youthful tone and poetic honesty." (Bret Easton Ellis)
I loved it, listened to it twice already, being a true story or not, it was so well done and written, I could feel the pain and confusion of the main character. My son is going though the same right now,don't know where he is or what he is doing. I relate him with this book. It has helped me understand addiction better. Just a wonderful written book!!
I should have reviewed this a long time ago, but . . . As to the controversy, I believe the man was trying to help people and help himself at the same time. He took some literary license I would say, but we all know historians do the same thing. Someone loaned me the book and before listening to the audio, which I had purchased, I started to read the book. It was poorly written, and so I listened to a very short bit of the audio. But listening did not improve the writing. It was just to painful, so I gave up trying.
The book seemed to go in many directions at one time. Although some of that would be understandable due to the authors issues - I kept waiting for it to get to the point. The only message I took away from the book is the obvious - Drugs will screw up your life.
Oh my, was this EVER a repetitive book - did I say repetitive? I mean repetitive. Great book if you want an authentic experience, but the style leaves so much to be desired that it makes it hard to take this ride with our protagonist. No offence Mr Frey, but whoo-hoo, you need an editor.
I cannot believe how fast this book's sales have risen and how terrible the book is. Sorry Oprah, But if this is typical of your best read list, Let me know...I will not buy anything else on it. This is an excercise in the author's ability to describe pain; period.
It is repetitious to the max, which might be ok if it didn't stink.
This was a highly emotional, heart wrenching story that kept me awake at night trying to figure out how it was going to end.Having worked in the Dental field for 25 years I was perplexed why he wasn't given even a short term anesthetic for his office visit. We routinely gave Novocaine to Alcoholics, drug addicts, etc. Why would this have made a difference if he had anesthetic. The clinic had him on Librium, etc., so why not Novocaine.In all my years I never saw an addict get high on Novocaine. This was the only unbelievable portion of the book for me. Otherwise, it's an excellent recovery story and you won't be disapointed.
James shows his reader what mental pain is. It is sometimes much worse than physical pain. He shows his reader how addiction is a separate entity from a person's real spirit and how it can control you and keep trying to control you after you have taken control back. He let's you see the horror one faces going through detox and what mental strength one must have to overcome addition. The book is a real mental education.
This would have been 5 stars, were it true. Now that the truth is out, if it's true that an addict will lie, cheat and steal for a fix, and since Mr. Frey did just that for money, his story of redemption is bogus. I'd get my book credit back from Audible, just on principle, but I like Audible too much. I wouldn't give this author one more dime.
The worst book I ever have read on recovery ~ poorly writen and I would not recomend the purchase of this book ~ A lot of cursing and nothing about recoving just using.
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