Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
This book may probably be one of the most controversial memoirs ever written. It’s not because of the theme or the content or writing style, it was because the author allegedly fabricated most of the events that he supposedly experienced while he was in a treatment facility.
But I don’t really care about that. Get past the issues surrounding this book and try to just read like it’s another fictional book. I have read this two years ago and I must say, fiction or not, this book is genuine in terms of how it depicted the destruction of a man’s life and his journey to reconstructing it. It was a story of how an alcoholic drug-addict find solace and friendship in a very unlikely place. Yes, there are a lot of books telling people’s account of how their lives in rehabilitation programs changed them for the better. Counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, friends and loved ones are what usually influenced them to find light. That’s where this book is different. In Frey’s story, it was his own self who was accountable for the crumbling of his life. He never blamed anyone. Contrary to his counselors’ treatment advice, he believed that it was his wrong choices and bad decisions that led him to this wasted life. He took the responsibility of his actions and faced the consequences and from there, he begin to try and overcome his problems.
I wish more people would read this book since it’s a very first-hand account of what it’s like to be in a rehabilitation program. Fabricated or not, readers would be able to have a look on the struggles people experience inside these kinds of facilities. Not only was the treatment plans explained, but also the extent the addicts go through to punish themselves for every mistake they’ve done. It’s painful, inspirational, and eye-opening. It is so very honest and the emotions were so raw.
I think if more people read about this, they could somehow understand the hardship these people go through. Yes, they did things that were wrong, but that doesn’t mean that we should condemn them forever. They are human beings and they also feel pain, fear and agony. And that is the reason why we shouldn’t judge them for one mistake they did.