Tag: Addict

James Frey – A Million Little Pieces | Review

Title: A Million Little Pieces

Author: James Frey

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 518

Rating: 4.25/5

I was given this as a birthday present from someone who’d read it themselves and enjoyed it and who’d seen that it was on my ridiculously large want to readlist. I don’t actually get given books that often because more often than not, I end up resenting them because I feel as though I have to read them whether I want to or not. But as this was off my big old list, we dodged that problem.

I think I first heard about this on BookTube, although I can’t remember who was talking about it. It basically instantly went on to my wish list because it’s a non-fiction drug book and I’ve always been partial to books about drugs. I even quite like it when you get references to opium in stuff like The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy falls asleep in a field of poppies.

Because I find the subject matter interesting, I was pretty much guaranteed to like this one. However, there are some other factors that come into play too. For example, the dialogue is written without quotation marks or indeed any form of punctuation, which some people might offputting. It’s the first thing I noticed when flicking through it and that, combined with a blurb from Irvine Welsh on the back, made me think it might be a tricky read. It turns out to actually work better and to flow more smoothly like that.

I guess that’s because of the style of the book. It’s written as a sort of stream-of-consciousness memoir and reads as though Frey is just chatting to you at a bar, and so this style of punctuation is perfect. At the same time though, I’m sure it’s not quite to everyone’s tastes, and that’s okay. And besides, if you like drug stories but you can’t deal with the punctuation, there’s always the movie version, which I’ll probably watch at some point or another.

Other than that, I’m not sure that there’s much more that I can tell you. I think as long as you have an interest in the subject matter – that of a recovering addict trying to get clean – and you don’t mind dialogue when it’s oddly formatted, you’re in for a treat. I will say that he spends the majority of the book either thinking about drugs or wishing he was dead, and so it can sometimes feel a little samey, but that can’t really be helped due to the subject matter and you have to respect the honesty.

Overall then, I’d definitely recommend this one, especially if you have an interest in drug and addiction memoirs. Otherwise, if you’re worried about trigger warnings or if it just makes you unhappy to read about stuff like this then maybe give it a miss. You’d be missing out on a good read, but it’s also a difficult one that can be quite confrontational too. As for me, I’m glad that I read it. A good gift!

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Jade Sharma – Problems | Review

Title: Problems

Author: Jade Sharma

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 4*/5

 

Jade Sharma - Problems

Jade Sharma – Problems

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this book for free to review.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t even request this one, but it arrived at my door and so I figured I might as well give it a go. Luckily, I really enjoyed it, and while I did find occasional problems with it here and there, it was entertaining enough and pretty typical for a professional qualitydrugbook.

Here, we follow an unlikable heroin addict and see the highs and lows of her life through her own eyes. It’s bleak and pretty visceral, but it does get a little tedious over time just because of the protagonist’s personality. But drugs do bad things to people – and it can make them do bad things, too.

If you don’t like drug books then you won’t like this, but if you like stuff about heroin and prostitution and the dregs of society trying to survive in a world in which they’re only looking for their next fix, you’re in luck. There were a few problems with the layout in my copy, but it was also an uncorrected proof and so perhaps that was why. All in all, I thought it was pretty good.

 

Jade Sharma

Jade Sharma

 

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