And Frey did what most writers would do if Oprah invited them to be a part of her book club - its a winning a lottery ticket - he showed up, smiled, shook her hands and lauged all the way to the bank. This may all sound cynical but its the truth. For a book whose fundamental message is that the only thing that matters is the truth - well, this is really what is going on behinid all the smoke and mirrors. AMLP was not written by some blue collar recovering drug addict who works in a steel mill who happened to write a NY Times bestseller.
It was written by a wealthy, priviliged, ambitious and media savvy young writer with his eyes on the brass ring of Hollywood.
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The biggest question mark here is whether James was really an addict in the first place. In AMLP he makes light of addiction to a certain degree by saying that it is not a disease but rather a choice. Sure he abused alcohol and drugs from a young age - But turning your life around after hitting rock bottom in your early twenties, after having your parents pay for your very expensive private rehabilitation - is moderately admirable - but hardly deserving to be made the poster boy for strength and overcoming extreme adversity.
That being said, there is a lot of value that can be taken from AMLP as a work of art.
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I have no interest in trying to take that away from people. I think he just fucked himself by repeatedly saying that it was all entirely true. I just believe that a book that purports to be non-fiction and whose ultimate message is that the only thing in this life that really matters is the truth - then let the truth be known. I think his book was filled with ego inflating stories.
I am an addict and in recovery myself, and unlike what Amanda says above, MANY people who make it through recovery have gruesome stories. I challenge anyone out there to find someone in rehab or recovery who is forced to have that extent of dental work without anesthesia. Did anyone check out the truth in that? Why would anyone try to get clean if they had to go through that? And so what. Addicts have more self will than most people…. The saddest thing about his story is if he is trying to appeal to the struggling addicts out there, he gives the impression that an individual can recover on self-will alone.
That is the exact opposite of what the 12 step program employs as a method of recovery, and very effectively for the last 70 years. Why would anyone want to send a defferent message out there? That his defiant, abrasive attitude is something to be admired and sought after as a means of recovery? The hope is out there in open meetings.
The options for recovery are well known.
Frey will hurt more people by carrying the message that you can balk at 12 step programs and be successful. Have him take a poll on how many have done it his way, and publish those results.
I understand that some people think this is a great book even if it is mostly fabricated, but the reader has a right to know this in advance. I bought and read this book under the impression that is was non-fiction. It does matter to me, I do feel cheated, and I never would have read the book if I had known the truth ahead of time. If Frey would have put some kind of disclaimer in the book, nobody would be upset but his sales probably would have also been much lower than they were.
I will not read anything else by him. I walk to the garbage can. I throw the book in. I laugh. The book is in the garbage.
I think a lot of you have too much time on your hands. I loved the book. It touched me and that to me is all that matters. It might be embellished, or not. I still think the message is the same.www.hiphopenation.com/mu-plugins/dickson/mexican-culture-dating.php
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If it can help one person, than it is worth it. It is sad that the world is still focused on bringing someone down who succeeds instead of saying- Good for you. Do I know if he embellished-no. Do I personally really care-no.
You can take license with the truth if you admit to taking license. Which is — irony of ironies — kind of like taking a drug because the drug makes you feel better. What could possibly be wrong with this drug? Fiction, a story highly embellished, based on real life events. He mis-represented it to sell it. I can say I know he embellished it. I graduated with him and was there when the girls died.
Everyone blamed Dean and rightfully so for driving drunk and trying to beat the train. He was just a quirky rich kid. Jimmy is what his high school classmates called him These discreptions lead me to believe that the rest of this story is also highly embellished. Selling the book as fiction would have been no harm done, but what he did IS wrong. I have read many many books greater than this one. This book does not even fall into the mediocre category in my opinion. The book seems unbelieveable most of the time, it is self-pitying page after page, line after line, grammatical error after grammatical error, and it seems like an 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. I knew after the first few chapters that this book should have been found on the fiction shelf. Frey lied throughout the entire book. 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. This book was misrepresented. I want my money back, Mr. You lied and deceived.
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