I am a voracious reader. Magazines, books, newspapers, etc. Rarely do I come across a book that I can’t put down. Rarely do I come across a book that when I am finished I run out and buy the second one. I did that with James Freys books, A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard.
First of all the writing is excellent. Fluid and simple. The story is jaw dropping. Both books are the story of his life. At 23 years old he finds himself on a plane, not knowing how he got there or where he is going. He has a hole through his cheek and 4 front teeth missing and in need of a drink. He has no choice but to go to rehab and never touch drugs or alcohol again or die. Simple decision, not really.
A Million Little Pieces takes you through his life in rehab. My Friend Leonard is life after rehab. How do you enter the real world after being a drug addict, a criminal and an alcoholic. Not that easy.
I applaud his strength and courage. I would gather if he gets through every day sober, it is a good day. He has seen the bottom of hell. It is an incredible book and I highly recommend reading both. They are books that will stay with me for a very long time.