Book review: A Million Little pieces by James Frey

A Million Little Pieces is the recovery journey of a young James Frey, addicted to drugs and alcohol from a renowned rehabilitation center.

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I got this book as part of an interesting book challenge, where you send book to someone and receive books from anonymous senders. When I read the brief of the book, it did not interest me, but I promised myself that I will give it a genuine try. I pushed it to the last seat though.

Finally, the day arrived where I had no new books to read but this one and hence I began to read. The book begins with James Frey in a near death condition being admitted in a rehabilitation center. He has abused his body to the maximum extent with drugs and alcohol. Readers are introduced to the rehab through the hazy eyes of James Frey. He refuses to believe that his life can be corrected and is often driven to run away from the center, where he can end his life with drugs.

It’s been a week since I started, but I was only past the first 100 pages. I wasn’t sure if I liked reading this book yet. But the next 100 pages changed my thoughts. Frey was driving the reader to know more about his life as he is not only a drug addict but also a wanted criminal in three different states. He lets the reader wonder why and how a 20+ year old can screw up his life for no reason.

His physical condition is improving but still Frey refuses to believe that it will help his life. He slowly makes friends and falls in love, who give him purpose and different perspective of life. He refuses to believe in the system preached in the rehabilitation center, and yet, stays there with a slight hope to become sober.

Frey undergoes a difficult time when his parents sign up for the family program with the center. He strongly believes that only he is responsible for his state and only he can rectify it. He stood his ground when people questioned his way of recuperation. The rest of the book is a page turner about how he comes clean with his life.

I liked this book for more than one reason –
1. I ended up finishing a book which I thought I will never read.
2. The narrative style of the book is different. Most of the sentences are short. That makes it an easy read. Also, a new sentence is begun every time a person speaks instead of naming the speaker. Many a times his inner voice or feelings are presented in repeating sentences that impacts the reader.
3. I liked the fact that the reason behind his addictions are not a set of dark events or memories from his childhood days. It was a personal choice.
4. It shows that standing up for yourself and accepting your mistakes can make a difference
5. Love and friendship can happen at the unlikeliest places on earth.

Overall, this book gives a different perspective of life and I would recommend it.

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