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A Million Little Pieces

Author: James Frey

Genre: Biography, Drug Addiction, Rehab

Guidance: May not be suitable for Kids

What do you know about addiction, in particular, addiction to drugs? You have seen it in cinema and sometimes you would have read about it as well. But do you really know what addiction to drugs is? What exactly it means to try and get rehabilitated? What and how are these rehabilitation centers? What kind of a fight a rehab patient puts up against the temptation to do it again? Just once? In a small quantity that wouldn’t hurt?

Yes, probably you could have read and seen it on TV or in movies but, this book takes it to next level. Intense, unpredictable, explicit and face-the-truth-in-your-face story of Mr. James Frey during the days of his addiction as well as during the rehab, ‘A Million Little Pieces’ is a true account (with a bit of creative freedom) of James Frey’s life.

Though there are many rumors of the facts being embellished, the book makes for an engaging read. It talks of all the troubles an addict goes through, his rub off with the law enforcing bodes, criminal charges against him and despite all these he manages to go on. My words may not do enough justice to the story, so let me quote few of my friends’ take on this book.

“The book made me laugh, made me ill, it shocked and saddened me, and I cried at the end. It made me appreciate NOT having to go through what James Frey went through”

“A Million Little Pieces is an uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.”

I will let the book do rest of the talking, go get hold of it for if you are a connoisseur of good writing, you will never regret having bought this book or having read this book.


Anonymous said…
Thanks for the review..
I will defntly pick this one......
:) sure do.
You ll love it.
Arpana said…
A creative review!Without saying more convincing enough.
I hope atleast one or two people pick up this book based on what i have written.
That will be a real success of writing this review
umapoems said…
Beautiful review of the Book
Following you

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Good post.. i had read this book sometime back, in my opinion quite different frm others, bold n real thats wt i will call it... !

Well said, this book is bold and real( to some extent) because the author James Frey claimed that this book is his story but later it was found out the facts were embellished :)
umapoems said…
Good review written well!

Btw,do read my post and vote to support
Sadiya said…
dunno.... if d book is abt a guy who goes onto drugs and how he gets off it....isnt endorsing his work making a hero out of him??? isnt dat wrong???? d idea that i buy his book and b instrumental in making him a millionaire or his book a bestseller kinda pricks me....n is it really needed?...r v so naive?
thnx fr d review but judging frm it im positive i wud never pick it!! which case... nt sure i'm helping ur cause!
My cause is not to help him sell the book. The idea was to share a good piece of literature, so that book lovers can cherish.
The book helps people who are drug addicts. Shows them that rehabilitation works provided you are determined and showcases the life before and after the rehabilitation for the people to see and decide for themselves.

Again, it depends on how you see things :)
I personally believe that it is easier to appreciate something good only if you know what something bad is.
It doesn't mean that you have to get yourself into bad things and get first hand experience. You could gauge them based on someone else's experience. And it is here books like this one come into picture

That's my take

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