A Million Little Pieces by James Frey – A review

My first book review on 2018

Now the Christmas period is over, I have graduated and all the busy times at the end of last year are done and we are back into mundane and cold, horrible months of January and February (my least favourite month of the year) I have finally found the time for both reading and blogging! Apologies for the long hiatus (again!) this year one of my resolutions is to blog more – even if I don’t feel like it!

Anyway, my first book review of the year is here. It’s a title I started reading just before Christmas – I gave it a bit of a break over the festive period and if you have read the you will probably understand why, if you haven’t the words ‘heavy going’ and ‘tough read’ sum it up quite well!

I’ve just finished reading ‘A Million Little Pieces’ written by James Frey about James Frey and his rehabilitation at the age of 23 after a decade of drinking and drugs. One of the ladies I work with lent it to me and she warned me before I picked it up that I would either love it or wonder why she had given it to me.

At first I thought it was the latter, the style of writing is like nothing I have ever read before, you have to read each and every word because sometimes the order just doesn’t make sense, the punctuation isn’t traditional and it just isn’t what you would expect from a book. After a while you get used to the format of the sentences and it seems as though you yourself are thinking the words rather than reading them as the structure mirrors that of a train of thought. After a while I was fascinated by being able to be inside the head of a crack addict and alcoholic as they went ‘cold turkey’ and made me glad it wasn’t me!

The description as I said makes you feel as if you are going through it yourself and I cannot imagine what it would actually be like to go through ‘detoxification’ and experience the symptoms as well as the thoughts that James Frey puts on the page. It’s a tough read and stays with you after you have put the book down but also gives you an insight into an experience that somebody who is very much different from me has had because of their life choices.

I did want to write more on this blog post, but it’s hard to without giving any of the ‘story’ away, it’s hard to know what to call it really as it’s somebodies really life but it’s so detached from the reality most of us know it seems like make believe!

All I would say is if you do decide to pick it up and read it, 1. you won’t regret it, it’s a really good read and I’ll be reading James Frey’s other books (he has written two since this one) and 2. don’t google the book! I really wish I hadn’t as I was reading it as it ruined it for me a bit, so take note!

Again sorry for the long break and the not very long review, it’s a bit of a cop out really but I wanted to post something to get me back into it! What books have you been reading over the last few months? Let me know in the comments!



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