I read a A Million Little Pieces. I loved it. It was intense and I couldn't stop reading it. Now that's out of the way.
On to the controversy. James Frey and Random House published it as a memoir. It became a runaway bestseller, in large part to Oprah adding it to her book club. Frey even appeared on her show. Until The Smoking Gun, published a story about him. Unlike his publisher they did some fact checking and discovered that the majority of the book either stretched the truth or blatantly made things up. And that his second book My Friend Leonard is completely made up. Since there is no proof that "Leonard" even existed.
You know what? I don't give a shit. I could see how that if you read it as a memoir then find out it wasn't true that it might bother you. But I was lucky enough to go in with open eyes. And that book was still amazing. I've never been addicted to something, but I am the offspring of two alcoholics. One who threw her life and children away to drink. And maybe that's why the book seemed so intense to me. A glimpse into the mind of the people who raised me. And who gave me their dysfunctional genes. I rarely ever drink because I am scared to end up like them. I feel like the shame and self hatred he writes about in the book is something we can all relate to. All of us have made bad decisions in our life. Maybe not quite as bad as Frey (possibly) made. But still.
I love it. It made me a little sad to know that he's not as honorable as he portrays himself in the book. But you can just consider it a work of fiction and admire the fictional character instead.
Have you guys read it? What did you think?