A Million Little Pieces


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!


In ‘A Million Little Pieces’, James Frey tells his story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation. He brings readers face-to-face with a provocative, new understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery.


This is one of Beth’s favourite books so I was incredibly excited to read it. A Million Little Pieces is a story about drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation. There’s been a lot of drama surrounding this book, which makes me feel like I should address it before expressing my thoughts on the book. The drama is that it’s unclear how much of the memoir is actually true. The author has now admitted that some of the story is embellished. However, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this book is a harrowing story of addiction. It would be a fantastic book even if it was purely fiction. You can tell the author does know about addiction, so I don’t think it comes across as false.

James Frey is a young, well-off alcoholic and drug addict. He’s also wanted for several crimes. A Million Little Pieces tells his story of his time in rehab, which was his last chance. Throughout the six weeks in rehab, James overcomes his addictions and starts to lead a sober life.  This doesn’t seem like a remarkable and memorable plot line. It’s not. But it’s the writing that really made this story for me, which is why I really don’t think it matters how much of it is true. It’s well written, descriptive and completely compelling. I’ve read stories about addiction in the past, but this book really stood out. I was particularly disturbed by the recount of the dentistry treatment received without analgesics. *shudders*

James doesn’t come across as particularly likeable, but I did feel empathy for him. I felt very moved by his story. It was certainly intriguing to read about addiction from an addict’s perspective. I thought it was interesting to see how he handled his addiction.

Please don’t feel put off from reading this book if you’re aware of the drama around it. The writing is explosive and enjoyable and I sincerely believe it should be given a go!

Would I recommend it?
Yes- 3.5 stars

7 thoughts on “A Million Little Pieces

  1. I missed all the drama surrounding this book and never really saw it as anything other than fiction. But it’s obviously fiction that’s based on some truths…I always feel bad for James Frey, people are so mean about him.

    I don’t see it as any different to reality TV that isn’t very real! And people love that shit…anyway I’m going off on a rant – soz! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Chrissi! 🙂

    • I know. It’s obvious that the author has had problems with addiction. He wouldn’t be able to write so honestly and with such rawness otherwise! 🙂 I don’t mind a rant! Feel free to! 😀

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