Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hoodwinked


The truth. That's what Jim Frey wants more than anything in his book A Million Little Pieces. Good or bad, just be truthful.

Well according to The Smoking Gun, James Frey may have taken liberties to embellish the story for drama's sake. Drama?!?! Who wants drama?!?! We just want the truth.

Isn't that what drew most of us to A Million Little Pieces? It's gritty, it's raw, at times it's downright obscene, but at least it's real, or at least we thought it was real.

Here's the thing: you can read the report here and decide for yourself, but I honestly feel hoodwinked by this guy. I mean I'm really, really pissed, so much so that I returned my copy to the local retailer I purchased it from.

Maybe I'm alone in my feelings, but maybe I'm not. I'm interested to hear what other people have to say about it. Feel free to share your feelings here. That's why this site was created.

4 Comments:

Blogger freyisafraud said...

I think everyone should return their books to the retailers, as you have done, hoodwinked. Maybe this could result in the retailers bringing a misrepresentation lawsuit against the "author". If we, as consumers, did so, there would only be nominal damages. If the publisher and/or author had to refund the money paid by the retailers, it could hurt. He thinks he is laughing all the way to the bank, but good for you hoodwinked in hopefully starting something here that will make him pay for preying on the consumer.

11:28 AM  
Blogger LadyOfMirkwood said...

I have read many many books greater than this one. This book does not even fall into the mediocre category in my opinion. I bought it after I bought into the hype and I'm regretting having bought it all. The book is unbelieveable most of the time, it is self-pitying page after page, line after line, grammatical error after grammatical error, and it is a blatant attempt to write a book just to get famous. I love recommending books to friends and coworkers but this is one book that I will not recommend. I have no doubt that Mr.Frey was/is an addict but this is an obvious blatant attempt to raise his bank balance. I knew after the first few chapters that this book should have been found on the fiction shelf. Mr. Frey lied throughout the entire book. If I'm not mistaken, I believe that he said that it took 41 stitches to close a huge wound on his face that went right through his cheek...where is the scar? I look at his picture and I see nothing. He is a manipulator. There is no other word for it. And he did this with forthought knowing that it would boost his sales which is even more pathetic. He should be ashamed to stand before all the people that he has lied to and look them in the eye. I did not enjoy this book before the chit hit the fan and this just solidifies the feeling. He should have stated the truth right from the beginning instead of putting himself on a pedestal for all to revere -- which is what the audience and critics were doing. Be careful, Mr. Frey, that's a shaky pedestal that you're standing on. I can't believe how many people were deceived by this book of fabrication and nonsense. This book was misrepresented.
I want my money back, Mr.Frey.
You lied and deceived.
Lied.
Deceived.
Liar.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Moe said...

I have not read the book, but I know addiction, from my own personal trials to those of almost my entire family. I must say that anyone who can say that people will relapse due to this book, don't understand addiction at it's roots. If someone isn't ready or willing to stay clean for their own reasons, then they won't stay clean. And for anyone to base their sobriety on a book (especially one that discredits 12 step programs that are proven to help millions) is a ridiculous thing to do in the first place. Find some inner peace and strenght addicts, so you don't have to embelish or manipulate anymore.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the solution:
A Million Little Pieces of Feces - The Fake Memoir That's So Much More Fun Than James Frey's
by Python Bonkers
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1411677315/ref=sr_11_1/104-9633264-8915903?%5Fencoding=UTF8

11:59 AM  

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