Monday, August 5, 2013
A Review of 'A Million Little Pieces' by James Frey
It took about a year and a half to start and finish this book, but I have finally done it.
It took me such a long time to finish this because of the content, mostly. I have never cringed so much, been so uncomfortable, and yet been so on-board with the emotional roller coaster that James Frey takes his readers on.
The writing style was very interesting. A lot of repetition, no quotation marks, but a lot of line breaks to make up for it and contribute to clarity. This is essentially a 432-paged prose poem. The writing style makes this a dense read as well as the content of the book.
Aside from style, this was such an amazing, inspiring, and in some ways a completely unbelievable read. James was put into a six week rehab program and he ignored the rules a lot, didn't care for the twelve step AA program and made sure people knew, and just generally marched to the beat of his own drum. Yet, he emerged from the program a completely changed guy. Six weeks to go from F-up to roughly a put-back-together person. It seems nearly impossible that that much change can happen in six weeks.
If you're looking for a book about a miraculous recovery, one that takes you through just about every step of recovery as he experiences it, this is a book for you. Especially if you don't mind excessive swearing and little punctuation.
I give 'A Million Little Pieces':