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My Friend Leonard

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Book!

My Friend Leonard is the sequel to James Frey¿s false memoir, A Million Little Pieces. This is the story of his life out of rehabilitation. Now, he is serving time in jail, and waiting to be released to see his girlfriend. However, when James is released things do not g...
My Friend Leonard is the sequel to James Frey¿s false memoir, A Million Little Pieces. This is the story of his life out of rehabilitation. Now, he is serving time in jail, and waiting to be released to see his girlfriend. However, when James is released things do not go as planned with his girlfriend, Lilly. Lilly, is the girl he met in rehabilitation whom he fell in love with. In rehabilitation, he had also met an old man named Leonard. Leonard and James developed a father-son bond. Since his release from jail, Leonard has been by his side and helped him financially and socially, and providing James with the necessities to live an ideal life. In this book, there is a bigger message then how he deals with alcohol and drugs, it is friendship. If you read between the lines you will realize that the message is that friends will always be friends, no matter what the situation is. In my opinion, this book will appeal to alcohol and or drug abusers as well as people who are amongst them, also anyone else who is appealed to or interested by this subject. The author, James Frey, describes the highs and lows or being sober in a society where people drink every now and then. All the heartaches and thoughts going through his mind make this book much more powerful. Without a doubt, this book is very emotional, yet there is a disadvantage in which the author got carried away with his vivid thoughts which makes it very surreal. There are very few paragraph breaks and no speech marks which reflects a lot of emotion towards the reader and makes it much more effective. Also, this book includes very harsh language, and some violent situations that I do not recommend for children under the age of 13. Because of James's debut book A Million Little Pieces, was a clear success. It caused his sequel My Friend Leonard to be popular among the readers who read his debut book. The interesting thing that the author does and not many do is that he brings some flashbacks from his debut book, which doesn¿t require for readers to read his first book in order to understand and enjoy his second book.

posted by Anonymous on March 28, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

What a piece of $#it sample...

It was 2 freaking pages. I'm not spending 12.99 to read this fraudsters bok.

posted by 11532171 on September 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Just ok

    I liked a million little pieces a lot better, however this was still good enough to continue reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    The newest genre .... fictional autobiography .... very entertaining!

    I was absorbed from the very first page of "my friend leonard" which is written as an autobiography that simulates real life but is, oh, so much better. The story picks up the reader as the main character and narrator, Frey, spends time in a rehabilitation facility for alcoholism and drug addiction. We then go with him to his short stint in jail and finally, to a life as a recovering alcoholic/drug addict. But this isn't the usual "bad luck to relapse with a couple of laughs" recovery story. No, it's a modern-day, rags-to-riches fairy tale complete with a good fairy, Frey's friend Leonard.
    This book is such a good read, weaving the heart-breaking reality of hard times with incredibly good fortune. The diary-like writing style is a quick and easy read, extremely witty and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    It was no 'A Million Little Peices'

    All I can say is, thankgoodness James did have a friend like Leonard to pick him up and baby him. Alot of people coming from rehab have to start their lives over alone, or some how get back together with their family If it wasn't for Leonard, James would have been still working as a night club gaurd. That's the problem with James, his parents have always been their to take care of him and spoil him, but James has the need to rebel against everybody because he feels the need to make life harder than it is. The same thing goes for children who are spoiled, they take take take and will never be happy. 'A Million Little Peices' was clearly better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Okay

    I read this book just because I read A Million Little Pieces. I read both books under the impression it was non-fiction, both of them. I thought this book was okay it was interesting to see where the characters went. It is good fiction either way both books are good and I like the style of writing Frey writes in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2005

    It was good....but....

    James Frey's style of writing is what I like. It is very easy to read and get caught up in. I tore through it. I deduct two stars for the story. It just didn't do it for me. Life after rehab for James just wasn't interesting enough to warrant a 300 plus page book. Maybe I just don't get what he was going for here like I did with the other book. I still consider the way he turned his life around to be amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    Good Book- but lots of B.S.

    At first, I couldn't put this book down. Then somewhere past the middle point, I had a few questions. When the leaves Chicago and goes to LA , he is shown as getting into the biz extremely quickly. Not a direct quote, but, 'I had never held a camera, and had no idea about how to make a movie and then I was the director--' Some things about this book didn't make sense, such as this one part. Another is his relationship with Allison, a girlfriend. I loved his detailing of the experience of falling in love with her, yet, he skims right over WHY the gritty WHYs and HOWs- of their breakup- just saying 'we fought, I moved, it was over, it sucked.' I thought this was really lame- Maybe it was an editing issue- but it seemed some very important segueways of the story were left out. This book is essentially about recovery and rebuilding- yet to show us the TRUTH- tell us of your other connections to the biz- tell us of AUTHENTIC loneliness. I wasn't sure of how I had to feel for the character, because he was so mopey- yet he ALWAYS had friends around, he was NOT as down-and- out as it may have seemed. This probably sounds really harsh, especially in light of the real tragedies that the character has experienced, but the story could have been even grittier if it had attacked at the heart of recovery, rather than gloss and mope at the same time- leaving me confused and bewildered.

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