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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,594 ratings  ·  330 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning comes Katerina, James Frey’s highly anticipated new novel set in 1992 Paris and contemporary Los Angeles.

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age.
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press
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Chris Great art is great art, regardless of how I feel about the artist as a person. Who knows, maybe Michelangelo was a total asshole. That doesn't mean I'…moreGreat art is great art, regardless of how I feel about the artist as a person. Who knows, maybe Michelangelo was a total asshole. That doesn't mean I'm not going to appreciate his work on the Sistine Chapel. Seeking out only art, music, and literature from morally perfect artists would be exhausting, limiting, (and likely impossible).

That said, I don't think James Frey is an asshole. He's probably a decent guy, (after getting clean at least), who allowed himself to be led astray by his publisher and didn't come clean with the truth when he should have. We've all made mistakes like that in little ways, but his happened to be on a huge public platform with loads of money involved. But even if I'm wrong, and it was a meticulously planned, diabolical plot that he created to dupe us, I would still think A Million Little Pieces is a great book and is worth reading.(less)
Cheryl I think that is his writing style, not grammatical errors (although they are!) Stream of consciousness type thing. Usually drives me crazy in a book b…moreI think that is his writing style, not grammatical errors (although they are!) Stream of consciousness type thing. Usually drives me crazy in a book but they do well here once you get past noticing them!
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Ron Charles
Sep 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: guys-wandering
Hang on tight.

James Frey has written a memoir disguised as a novel about his first novel that was disguised as a memoir. But the only thing you really need to know about “Katerina” is that it’s ridiculous, a book so heated by narcissism that you have to read it wearing oven mitts.

If you’re prone to sympathetic vomiting, you’ll want a smock, too, because most of what the inebriated narrator does in this novel is vomit. He vomited when he got up, he has vomited after sex, he vomits looking for al
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Mel
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I walk and I wander and I dream. More than anything, I dream of love, crazy crazy mad love. Not the love of rings and white dresses and churches, but of lust and insanity, the love where you can't stop touching, kissing, licking, sucking, and fucking. The love that breaks hearts, starts wars, ruins lives, the love that sears itself into your soul, that you can feel every time your heart beats, that scorches your memory and comes back to you whenever you're alone and it's quiet and the world fall ...more
Brandon
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
James Frey’s new novel, Katerina, takes place between Paris in 1992 and Los Angeles in 2017.  It is the story a young writer trying to carve out his place in the world and a torrid love affair that consumes him to his core.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I came to read James Frey quite late - long after the controversy subsided surrounding A Million Little Pieces and the verbal dressing-down he received by Oprah on national television.  Already knowing
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Leah DeCesare
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My copy of Katerina is underlined and dog-eared. It left me crying on the last page and wrenched emotion from me on every page. I loved returning to James Frey's writing style from A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (which I now want to reread) - it's poetic and powerful - breaking the rules of grammar and punctuation- which I find artistic, bold, freeing. If you're not one for swearing or crudeness, be forewarned, Katerina (like Frey's other books) is gritty, raw, raunchy, explicit, personal, and I'd love ...more
Michelle
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
With a riveting emotional intensity, Katerina is another literary achievement for the controversial bestselling author James Frey. Katerina, aka “model girl” was a stunning flaming haired Scandinavian beauty when she encountered Jay, aka “writer boy” a troubled reckless alcoholic while temporarily working and living in Paris (1992-1993). Katerina was clearly impressed with Jay when the couple met, but refused to leave her contact information adding elements of mystery, intrigue and sizzling roma ...more
Krystal
Sep 12, 2018 marked it as never-gonna-happen
I was intrigued but then I read some reviews that say this is basically a pornographic, narcissistic memoir-in-disguise and I just don't have time for that crap.

I get the idea that this is supposed to make you feel sorry for the guy but seems like it fails miserably.

Perfectly content to skip this one.
Ola
Aug 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
**Update: I predicted correctly! Katerina did win the Bad Sex in Fiction award for 2018. Congratulations!

Katerina is a pretty terrible novel that reads like a teenager's bad fan fiction. The main character Jay, who is largely based on James Frey, is unlikable as all Jay seems to do is sleep, get drunk, throw up, have sex, and do coke over and over again. Oh, and he's extremely conceited so the reader gets to hear about all his arrogant opinions on Paris, literature, people, and art. Despite bein
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Wendy
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books, sep-18
Regardless of the controversy surrounding James Frey's #1 best seller "A Million Little Pieces" I loved the story! It gripped my heartstrings like few others.
Fifteen years later Frey gives us "Katerina" which had me power reading til the very end. I couldn't get enough of this raw and guttural story of Jay, a young American writer living in 1992 Paris through to Los Angeles in 2017. His dream of writing a best selling novel, his descent into addiction, and the literary scandal that made him famo
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Cristina | CristiinaReads
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳New author to me, with a different type of vibe in the romance genre... Kind of nervous to dive in but as a risk taker, I'm going all in...



➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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Benoit Lelièvre
Sep 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
I would've given this novel zero star if I could've.

Not that it's boring or poorly written. But the sheer narcissism and entitlement of this novel poured bleach on my soul. Why are people still giving James Frey money to write books in 2018? Why did I give him 10 of my hard-earned dollars to read that? Well, that's a complicated story.

And I'm not one of these people who hate James Frey for writing a half-bogus memoir. If anything, it made me like him because he was used by Oprah. And he used Opr
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Ashley Daviau
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read James Frey’s work I am absolutely blown away. I know there’s a shit ton of controversy surrounding his books but I honestly don’t give a fuck. His writing is beautiful and haunting and it speaks to me and that’s all that matters to me. I think this may just be my favourite out of all his books, it’s just so heartbreaking and beautiful and it felt like it reached deep down into my soul. And his writing style just makes it that much more stunning!
Jason
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James came to Toronto and I was lucky enough to hear him speak (and get a signed copy of his new book).

This is the first time I've read one of James's books. And I'm sort of short for words on describing it.

It was unlike anything I've read before in terms of the language. James writes with a fluidity that I can only describe as 'stream-of-conscience-like' to the point that it feels like he's inside your head, or that you are yourself in fact the narrator. It's brilliant. I'm coining the term "Fr
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Roman Clodia
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I'm one of the few people seemingly who hasn't read Frey's A Million Little Pieces (and, frankly, am not particularly bothered about the porousness between fiction and memoir that made it so controversial): so I came to this book 'cold' as it were. Frey's prose is furiously energetic, even frenetic, words falling over themselves, no commas, abandoned grammar in their rush, and often repetitive. I'd say this is a book that is all about its style: if you hate this kind of fevered near-monologu ...more
Keep Calm Novel On
NetGalley provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

James Frey’s novel Katerina is unlike any other boy meets girl read. Jay escapes to Paris in 1992 and his life during that time is simply out of control. As Jay’s life spirals, his pain feels raw and real. Twenty-five years later he is living in Los Angeles and has left the past behind until he receives an anonymous message. This bump in the road adds quite a twist in this well-written book. Frey’s writing style and his story
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Doug Bradshaw
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, a bit of a crazy, intense, wild ride. This was my first James Frey novel and I have to say, I loved it. I had to laugh as I scrolled through some of the reviews. This is one of those books that is either a 1 star or a 5 star read and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who cringes at the eff word or who isn't comfortable with a sexually explicit scene. There were many of those. Here's an example of the intense writing:

“More than anything, I dream of love, crazy crazy mad love. Not the love of
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Sep 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction, own, giveaways
Goodreads giveaway win
Sandra Bunino
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
If brilliance was a bright shiny ball this book would be the raw piece inside all those sparkly layers.
Paul
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katerina is at once a decent into alcoholism, a blistering tour of Paris, and a chance at reconnecting. It stirred up resentments and old dirty guilt, yet also past loves and memories of a time when we all care less about the consequences and more about the immediate pleasure that life gives. I was constantly questioning my own turning points: When did I shift my focus from the now to the next day to the future? Is it the shock of mortality from a death? Is it having children? It’s a short book, ...more
Tory
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Messy and honest and sloppy and dirty and free.
Carolyn
This was a difficult book to rate. I did enjoy his writing style which was gritty and propulsive. Abandoning rules of grammar and punctuation, quotation marks, apostrophes, and short dynamic sentences (often consisting of 1 word) I found compelling. The narration reads like a stream of unfiltered consciousness, His style kept me riveted to the page, although uncomfortably. I rate his ability as writer based on this book 5 Stars.
But the content I found sickening. If one believes this is partly
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Janet
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning comes Katerina, James Frey’s highly anticipated new novel set in 1992 Paris and contemporary Los Angeles.

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of ag
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Janelle Janson
Review to come
Michelle
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a free ARC copy of this book to read!

Wow!! This book! 

I literally had to take a few days after finishing this book to process what I had read and get my thoughts straight. The writing just blew me away!! It left me speechless!

This was the first book I have read by James Frey and wow, I can say that I am now a huge fan! He has such a way of writing that pulls you in!
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Kendra
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
* I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher.

I don't typically write reviews. In fact, this is my first. I prefer to digest the book internally and alone, over days as the residual feelings from the story fade, always fearing whatever review I could put into words would never do the book or author or story the proper justice... which is precisely the case for this book.

THIS BOOK ... I'm nearly speechless. I had to make a conscious effort to maintain composure and not fold
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Aurora
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a world where books are slotted neatly into a five star rating system, every once in awhile, you come across one that rates a solid seven ... maybe even an eight or a nine. Katerina was that book. Half a dozen pages into reading it, I knew it was going to be a long night, because I wasn't going to want to put it down. I also knew it would make me laugh (I wasn't disappointed) and that it would make me cry (it did).
At it's simplest, this is a love story; a star-crossed romance between an aspir
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Gina *loves sunshine*
DNF @15% ~ I was one of the ones who actually liked his debut books that got so much backlash - I thought they were interesting, crazy, gripping, etc, etc. I even liked his little YA series for a bit. But I'm not even sure what this book was even about? It was kind of a mess going back and forth between 2 stories......
Mrs. Europaea
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love fuck eat drink sleep. And this is what I do here, in the most beautiful, most civilized city on earth.

You have to accept that with James Frey, you get what you get.

You get this gnarly interpretation of reality from his perspective which is often self -deprecating, dry humor and gritty, grainy, choppy scenes that paint half a picture but are fun to read.
Dana
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pure. Great style. Strong. Human. Full of emotions.
I loved it from the beginning to the last word.
Katie McCluskey
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We meet Jay, an immature aspiring writer who moves to Paris in 1992, at a time when he has a head full of dreams, and wants to write books that “burn down the f***ing world.”

At some point he meets Katerina, a painfully beautiful red headed French model. Jay is mesmerized by her. They share passion, alcohol, cocaine, and tenderness, and a short getaway to a chateau in the country. Following that weekend, their romance becomes a roller coaster.

Then, 25 years later, Jay receives a social media mess
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kelly
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, fiction
NO NO NO NO NO NO....*slams book on the table with each successive NO*

This book's terrible. It reads like a bad Tumblr poetry, awful teen fan fiction. Choppy lines, run on sentences, and magnetic poetry kit lines masquerading as style. "Katerina" is the story of Jay, a whiny brat of a dude who goes to live in Paris in the 90's. All he does in the City of Lights is eat bread, get drunk, vomit, snort coke, sleep, have sex, and share his opinions on the superiority of French culture and art (which
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James Christopher Frey is an American author and entrepreneur. After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, he wrote A Million Little Pieces which was published in 2003 in America and the following year in the UK to critical acclaim. He wrote the sequel, My Friend Leonard about life after rehab, which was published in 2005 in the US and the year after in the UK.

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“More than anything, I dream of love, crazy crazy mad love. Not the love of rings and white dresses and churches, but of lust and insanity, the love where you can’t stop touching, kissing, licking, sucking, and fucking. The love that breaks hearts, starts wars, ruins lives, the love that sears itself into your soul, that you can feel every time your heart beats, that scorches your memory and comes back to you whenever you’re alone and it’s quiet and the world falls away, the love that still hurts, that makes you sit and stare at the floor and wonder what the fuck happened and why. I dream of crazy crazy mad love the kind that starts with a look, with eyes that meet, a smile, a touch, a laugh, a kiss. The kind of love that hurts and makes you love the pain, makes you want the pain, makes you yearn for the fucking pain, keeps you awake until the sun rises, stirs you while you’re still asleep. The kind of love you can feel with every step you take, every word you speak, every breath, every movement, is part of every thought you have every minute of the day. Love that overwhelms. That justifies our existence. That provides proof we are here for a reason. That either confirms the existence of God and divinity, or renders it utterly meaningless. Love that makes life more than just whatever we know and see and feel. That elevates it. Love for which so many words have been spoken and written and read and cried and screamed and sung and sobbed, but is beyond any real description of it. I’ve known much in my short, silly, unstable, sometimes wonderful sometimes brutal always reckless wreck of a life, but I’ve never known love. Crazy crazy mad love. Fear and pain, insecurity, rage, occasional joy, fleeting peace, they are all friends of mine. Kindness and familial love have always come my way. Disdain, contempt, and rage are constant companions. But never love.” 2 likes
“Wrote the fucking book. I remember when I finished it. It was the middle of the night. I had been working on it for a year. I was alone and tired and it was dark, probably 4 a.m. I wrote the last word and I stared at it and I burst into tears. Just sobbed. Face in my hands, for probably an hour, just sat and sobbed. I was the only one who cared, the only one who believed, and after all those years, I had done it, I had written a book that I wasn’t going to light on fire or throw in a river. From there I found an agent, and we submitted it to publishers as a novel, a novel that told a version of the story of part of my life. At some point someone thought it would sell as a memoir, they asked me if I was okay with it as a memoir. I didn’t give a shit, just wanted it to come out, just wanted the dream to finally come true. The publisher knew what they were buying. When it came out I asked what I should do about the fact that not all of it was true, they said no memoir is, just do the interviews. I was cocky and proud and believed in the book, and I went along with it, I lied, got swept up in it, and the book became hugely successful, and I kept lying. I hated doing it, and hated myself every time I did, but I didn’t” 0 likes
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