I recommend 'A Million Little Pieces'

A.H By A.H, 16th Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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'A Million Little Pieces' by James Frey is an excellent book that I recommend to anyone who enjoys feeling something real.

A Different Perspective

I know many people won't give me the time of day for this book review, but for the kind people who are interested, I promise to give you a review of this excellent book in a way different from the , in my opinion, boring ones you usually read. I don't usually write reviews as I am not a fan of them, but this book deserves one. James Frey deserves more than a insignificant book review, he deserves a fucking medal.

The Beginning of a Love Story

We've all heard the cliche saying "don't judge a book by its cover" but to be honest, in this case, I first picked up this book on my sister's bookshelf because it looked attractive. After reading the first page, I was a bit skeptical due to the strange punctuation, or lack of punctuation. I persevered through the next few pages and that is when I fell in-love. Whether I fell in-love with James' character or just the book in general, I am not quite sure.

Wise Words

“Addiction is a decision. An individual wants something, whatever that something is, and makes a desicion to get it. Once they have it, they make a decision to take it. If they take it too often, that process of decision making gets out of control, and if it gets far out of control, it becomes an addiction. At that point the decision is a difficult one to make, but it is still a decision. Do I or don’t I. Am I going to take or am I not going to waste my life or am I going to say no and try and stay sober and be a decent person. It is a decision. Each and every time. A decision. String enough of those decisions together and you set a course and you set a standard of living. Addict or human. Genetics do not make that call. They are just an excuse. They allow people to say it wasn’t my fault I am genetically predisposed. It wasn’t my fault I was programmed from day one. It wasn’t my fault I didn’t have any say in the matter. Bullshit. Fuck that bullshit. There is always a decision. Take responsibility for it. Addict or human. It’s a fucking decision. Each and every time.” Yes, there are quotes more famous than this one in the book, but this is my favourite. I love the way in which you can sense his strong belief here. I am still not sure whether I believe in what he is saying, but he certainly makes me want to believe.

James Frey

The book begins with a bloody mess of a man, James, waking up in an airplane, with no recollection of the previous night. This was the final straw for his loving family, they decide to send him to rehab. James is an alcoholic and multiple drug abuser, and has been for many years. The rest of the book is about what happens in rehab, the people he meets and the progress he makes. The book is written very honestly from James' perspective which really enables the reader to capture the emotion.

Recommend

I certainly recommend this book to readers ages 18 and onward who are semi brave as some of the explanations and situations are not for the faint-hearted. This book is on the top of my list which is why I am very excited to be starting the next book 'My Friend Leonard' soon. Please share your opinions with me by commenting on my page, follow me if you are interested in my work and share my writing with friends!

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One day I wish to write about all my travels and exploration of this beautiful earth I am yet to do, but for now I will write about everything else I know.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Feb 2013 (#)

James Frey has lived a life out of the ordinary for sure. Good that he shares, obviously no holds barred, what he has learned in life to benefit others - siva

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author avatar Retired
18th May 2013 (#)

Sounds very interesting. I have added this book to my wishlist.

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