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 ...
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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Ok, so some of it was made up. It doesn't change the fact that this book still tells an incredible story. In Cold Blood is one of the greatest books ever written, and everyone knows that Truman Capote mixed fact with fiction to fill in gaps and make the story more interesting. I definitely recommend this book!
Jul 16, 2010
OMG what a waste of time - if didn't have to read this for school I would have used it for fire starter. thank goodness it was only .99.
Jan 26, 2009
A psychologist friend suggested I read this book as I was fighting some personal demons at the time. Upon receipt of the book, I literally devoured it at one long sitting. I found myself stunned and needed a couple of days to think. I then read the book again.
This is NOT a self help book but it is a book which may help you to sort out a lot of issues.
I admire James Frey so much for his refusal to accept codified solutions to complex issues be they from religious or therapeutic sources. He faces up to the fact that he is an addict and a criminal and that he is responsible for deciding to do something about this. He also explores the possibility that he does have a choice to do nothing and accept the consequences.
It is a tough read but worth it. Understanding that only you can change your own behaviour is vital. Understanding what to do next is something for each individual to explore.
However, it is important to stress that this book is a stand alone masterpiece and can be read at this level alone. It is tough, it is rough (particularly the language) but it is also at the very end, a great book of hope.
Apr 8, 2008
Interesting, Aggravating and Disturbing
I started to read this book, put it down then picked it back up and finished it. At times it was difficult to read because of the layout, you weren't sure if Mr. Frey was talking or someone else. Some of the events he encounters make you gringe your face like ugh, example: the whole dental episode, I know its something I could never do and at times, many times your frustrated with his attitude towards the whole addiction recovery procedure. He was annoying, at times I was like why bother and was frustrated with him. Whether these accounts are true or not, I'm sure many like myself though Mr. Frey would never make it long after he left the institution. I would recommend this as a read this if there is nothing else, its not highly recommended.
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