I’m not sure where to begin with this one. Most of the time I hated this book–I seriously considered abandoning it. There have been books that I’ve put down before–even for years–but none with the thought that I would never return to them again. I resorted to skimming–something I also rarely ever do. By the end, I had stopped skimming but reading most of what was on the page, but I’m glad to be finished!
Yes, I read this for the “In Their Shoes” Challenge–yes, I know that parts were fictionalized–yes, I know the controversy of the book. After finishing I started looking up the falsehoods, but honestly I don’t even care anymore. Good riddance! I don’t care to give Frey any more of my valued time (well, after this post anyway).
James Frey, age 23, goes to a rehab facility in Minneapolis for treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. He is wanted in three states, his teeth are knocked out, he has a hole in his cheek, and he can’t remember the past few weeks. He is stubborn, unwilling to take the necessary (well, recommended anyway) steps toward recovery, and his body is a mess of…I don’t even want to recall his descriptions. This is the story of his time in the rehab facility, the relationships he has made, the love he has found, and his eventual domination over “The Fury” that resides within him. There are many redeeming aspects of the book…but plain and simple I didn’t like it.
I don’t claim to be a book critic. Other than my degrees in English, I don’t have any qualifications to deem a book quality writing or not. I don’t claim that these are true reviews of the books that I read–but rather my thoughts for I am not an expert on writing or literature. But I have read enough and taken enough writing courses that I know literary devices and how they are used and when they are effective. Can you see where I’m going with this? I hope so because I don’t really want to say in a public forum what I thought about the writing in this book. OK, I guess I’ve said it in a roundabout way. :)
Do I recommend the book? I guess the basic message Frey presents is that You can gain control of your actions and overcome anything based on You alone–which if true can be a strong statement. I have known a few people who have had addictions and have been hospitalized, but I haven’t gone through it myself or really know what others have gone through. I couldn’t relate and most of the time I was really angry at Frey for seemingly making light of the situation. Ladi-da. Mooooooving on!