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At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey's acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab.

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A Million Little Pieces
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4.4 / 5
Controversial but good.
January 30th, 2015
I read this as a book club choice and really enjoyed even with all the controversy about it, I found it to be really good.
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Fake memoir, still good fiction.
November 14th, 2014
While Frey suffered the consequence of lying to the Mighty Opes (Oprah Winfrey, if you're nasty), A Million Little Pieces is still a good read despite the fact that it's a mostly fabricated memoir. Frey captures the restlessness and on-the-edge feelings that underlies the silent intensity of a rehab setting, and the cold, hard reality of detoxing. The terse, bare bones prose he adopts to tell his story is fitting, and brings out the bleakness of his journey.
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A Million Little Pieces
September 19th, 2014
Incredible story of the intense hold of addiction on one. mans soul and of his remarkable recovery. Gives us all hope that the will can be stronger than the pill.
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February 23rd, 2014
A very direct memoir. It not just covers the topic of sex and drugs openly but also in a very human way. It makes the reader feel the horrors of the power of addictions and how it destroys everything it reaches. It is overwhelming at times and you hate yourself for reading it but at the same time you can't stop. It makes you feel disgusted when you read but also sad and incredibly proud of James.
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January 23rd, 2014
Despite the controversy that surrounds the book about how true it is,it's undeniable that James Frey's A Million Little Pieces is a harsh, cold, awkward but massively rewarding tale told from the very heart of the first person. While self-loathing, Frey never becomes self-deprecating or dull and as you go through the book, through wonderful subtleties you see him change from hopeless to just a little more hopeful. The characters are beautifully crafted and it is uniquely written in a way that is both clinical and utterly heart tearing. A Million Little Pieces is not an easy ride, do not expect one, but the hype that surrounds it is thoroughly deserved.
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Great read!
July 7th, 2013
I am a recovering pill (opiate) addict. I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the 1st books I read when I began my recovery in Dec '12. I recommend anybody in recovery or their family members to read this book. A very easy & interesting read.
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