30 Days of Books Challenge: Day 24 – A book you later found out the author lied about

Read: A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Stars: Four

Drinking: Pinot Noir, Woodbridge (I’ve been inspired by Good Books and Good Wine)

The thing about A Million Little Pieces is that it is a fabulous, well written book.  I cannot fathom why Frey would originally publish it as a memoir when it easilywould have been popular if originally published as the fiction it is. I can only assume that Frey knew that it would be exposed as an exaggeration and would generate more publicity that way.

Truthfully, I found A Million Little Pieces to be well-written.  Frey uses description well, to the point that the reader can really “see” what he is feeling.  That is a masterful skill that even the best writers do not always capture. He has a lovely style. It’s just a shame he used it in a book of scandal.  Frey will have trouble being taken seriously as a writer now.

Unfortunately, Frey’s tone is rather whiney throughout.  He blames others for his problems – drug addiction most notably – rather than taking responsibility for his life and his mistakes.  This is a big part of the issues with the book that led him to release it as a memoir, in my opinion.  He is self-centered and unable to recognize his own weaknesses – signs of immaturity.  Despite his writing abilities, A Million Little Pieces ultimately disappoints, just like Frey’s revelation that the story is exaggerated fiction, not a memoir.

30 Days of Books Challenge

Day 07 – A book that’s hard to read

Author: Lisa M Fry

Freelance writer & copy-editor. Book lover. Feminist. American in London.

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