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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
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Jun 03, 2009

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Read in August, 2009

Picked this up at a Friends of the Library book sale and thought I should give it a chance. Considering all the media blitz surrounding the truthfulness of this book as a memoir, I promised myself going into it that I'd try to withhold judgment until I had actually *read* the book myself. Conscious of the controversy, though, I think I regarded this book as if it were a novel.

Frey isn't a terrible writer. There were times when his Tough Guy attitude wore thin (something that absolutely ruined Noah Levine's addiction memoir Dharma Punx for me), but he counters that with several references to his own vulnerability. I found myself really rooting for some of his inpatient friends, especially the "characters" of Lilly and Leonard. I also admired that Frey explored tackling recovery without relying on AA/the Twelve Steps and the notion of a Higher Power - something I have not witnessed in other addiction memoirs.

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Reading Progress

08/13/2009 page 32
08/16/2009 page 242
56.02% "Nary a quotation mark in sight! I get that its a stylistic thing, but its getting old already!"
08/16/2009 page 309
71.53% 1 comment
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andrea Found this at the Friends of the Library book sale. Wasn't planning on reading it, but, hey, why not?

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