My Friend Leonard

My Friend Leonard

The New York Times bestselling follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller A Million Little Pieces-the heartrending story of a friendship between a newly-sober James and the charismatic, high-living mobster he met in rehab, Leonard. A Million Little Pieces was the first Oprah Book Club pick by a living author in over two years. It instantly became a #1 New York Times bes The New York Times bestselling follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller A Million Little Pieces-the heartrending...

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Title:My Friend Leonard
Author:James Frey
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:My Friend Leonard
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

My Friend Leonard Reviews

  • Oriana
    Oct 27, 2011
    I am so fucking behind on everything in my life. Here are my "private notes" I made for myself like a zillion weeks ago when I actually read this book. I though I'd have time to make them into an actual review, and maybe one day I will. Until then, here's some scribbley nonsense. Th...
  • Amanda Linehan
    Jun 22, 2007
    It always takes me a while to get into James Frey's style of writing, but once I get past it I'm sucked into the books. Sadly, I'm willing to overlook the fact that he made parts of the book up because it's a good read; that said, I found the plot to be totally predictable in the way t...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 19, 2007
    Whether this book is fact or fiction does not mean crap to me, which was exactly my stance on A Million Little Pieces. It was just a good book. James reminds me a lot of someone I know and in some ways, of myself and some of my family members. His friendship with Leonard, albeit ridic...
  • Michelle
    Jun 30, 2007
    I thought this one was so much more far-fetched than A Million Little Pieces. If I doubted Pieces, this one I downright didn't believe. Once again it should have been promoted as fiction, although actually I think it may have been promoted as such. I thought Pieces was better because i...
  • Amy Margaroli
    Aug 16, 2007
    this is such an amazing book. it was super entertaining and i *bawled* like a baby at the end. i hardly ever cry at a book. just fabulous, do yourself a favor and read it :D ...
  • Susannah
    Apr 11, 2008
    I normally would reserve the 5 star rating for a book that I think NOONE should miss...but I just have to give this book 5 stars. Some people might like it, some people might think it is just okay. I read it immediately following A Million Little Pieces, and it is a great sequel. I lo...
  • Scott
    Apr 21, 2009
    I rate this audiobook 3 stars but close to 4. A sequel that is a must-read, and I recommend this book, but not nearly as much as Little Pieces. *SPOILERs in this review.* The reader of this audiobook was really outstanding. One of the best I've heard and I've heard a lot. T...
  • Kate Hoffman
    Oct 23, 2007
    I know everyone gave Mr. Frey a whole lot of (probably deserved) shit for these two books of his, but I really enjoyed them. I could even overlook that they were on Oprah's book club list (which I got a LOT of shit about from my generally hateful friends). Since I'd heard about the ina...
  • Marsha
    Jul 01, 2008
    I loved "A Million Little Pieces" and was really nonplussed by the drama that ensued, when it turned out to be not quite a memoir. My feeling was that it was a great book either way. Who cares if he embellished? So imagine my surprise as I delved into "My Friend Leonard" and found mys...
  • Mike
    Jan 06, 2008
    I picked up "My Friend Leonard" by James Frey. This book is the follow up to "A Million Little Pieces" which is the book that started such a furor last year. The one that the author claimed to be true and the Smoking Gun website discovered was more likely an exaggeration of the truth. ...
  • Brittany
    Jun 25, 2008
    How I Came To Read This Book: I've literally had this book in my to read pile for upwards of three years. I think it deserves an award for sticking it out for so long - and so does my friend Sarah, for lending it to me. I do a roulette to choose my books, hence why this one was passed ...
  • Maashu
    Sep 23, 2008
    I never cared whether Frey's A Million Little Pieces was real or not. The truth is, if you enjoy his writing style, you're sure to be caught up in the environment and especially the characters he creates. I read this in one day on a flight from San Diego to Detroit. My Friend Leonar...
  • JK
    Jan 24, 2015
    I really wanted to hate this book. I was fully prepared to hate this book. After reading the entirety of A Million Little Pieces, taking it in as a memoir, and loving every minute of it, only to find out the majority of the story was sheer fiction, I had trust issues with James Frey. T...
  • Peachy
    Mar 04, 2009
    Yawn... If ever there was a book that triggered me to pick up a cigarette after having quit so many months ago, it would be this one. From the ashtray on the cover to the chronic smoking that takes place by almost all of the characters, reading My Friend Leonard turned out to be...
  • Chelsea
    Jun 16, 2011
    Did I cry with this book? Yes. Would I have cried if I hadn't read "A Million Little Pieces" first? Probably not. The point is, I cried and you will too if you understand the depth of their relationship. Frey's writing is a little distracting, especially since there are no "paragra...
  • Kim
    Oct 01, 2009
    This is Frey?s follow up to a million little pieces. I thought it less good and less engaging. However, Frey?s writing style does make it easy to just keep reading. In this book he has been released from rehab and it starts with his jail term. Apparently the time in jail and th...
  • Chandra
    Feb 25, 2012
    Not sure what possessed me to add a book to my "to read" list that has an ashtray on it. I didn't even get past the first chapter. Awful sophomoric writing in a robotic manner. Waste of my time. ...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Apr 25, 2016
    Should it matter if a memoir is truthful? By asking this question, I guess it?s safe to say I went into James Frey?s My Friend Leonard with some misgivings. The act of memoir writing inherently produces meaning, but that?s not the same as manufacturing meaning, not the same as fi...
  • Della Scott
    Apr 28, 2014
    I read both this and Million Little Pieces back when the hoax was first revealed. "Hoax" probably seems like overly strong language to those of you who like Frey. My theory is this: James Frey had some problems with drugs and alcohol in High school and college, bad enough that he went...
  • Anastasia
    Apr 08, 2011
    I read A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and I liked it. I devoured it. Despite the controversy that a lot of it was made up. It was made up to make James Frey look like a hardcore badass. But really it turns out that he's just another entitled rich white kid with too much time on ...
  • Rihab Sebaaly
    Oct 19, 2017
    I finished this book with tears in my eyes... This book is sad, so sad and real. Although, I enjoyed million little pieced way more but I can't deny that I enjoyed this one as well. With James Frey it is never about the style... It is always about the courage, the courage to stan...
  • Tim
    Jul 15, 2017
    This one was a bit much. Yes it was a good story and there were some relatable moments on the temptations of addiction and recovery from it. But this time around it seemed much more of an attempt to portray a successful life after rehab by building up larger than life characters and si...
  • Camie
    Oct 19, 2016
    Years ago I read James Frey's ( now known as heavy on the fiction) memoir A Million Little Pieces as an Oprah Pick. This is the sequel to that book which I bought years ago but after the scandal and fury heaped upon Frey and the denouncement of his first book, I probably just set aside...
  • Farheen
    Jun 06, 2016
    My biggest misgiving is that I read this book before reading A Million Little Pieces. I think my connection with and understanding of characters would have been deeper had I read the first part. Regardless, I enjoyed this book. It was poignant, deep, emotionally coercive. The disconn...
  • Coleen
    Apr 17, 2012
    (4.5 stars) It's been quite a few years since I read A Million Little Pieces. Despite the controversy, I liked it a lot & felt that James Frey was a good writer. A few years later, I read Bright Shiny Morning, liked that one a lot, & felt justified in thinking that he was a goo...
  • Jomanah Aloumi
    Mar 22, 2015
    One hell of a bad book. ...
  • Jess Kimmel
    Feb 25, 2017
    I thought I might have a hard time reading this book because of the writing style. Run on sentences, lack of punctuation and bad grammar at times. Put all that aside and I can honestly say Frey has captured me. This is a beautiful story of the journey though overcoming addiction, meani...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Mar 01, 2016
    My Friend Leonard features two unlikely companions, one a former junkie still mourning the death of the woman he loved, and the other a mobster whose life is like something out of a film. However, appearances can be deceiving and Leonard might be covering up something that even a guy i...
  • Hanna de Koning
    Jan 26, 2018
    This was definitely an interesting book. I couldn't really relate to the main character because of the difference in age and all his issues (which I fortunately don't have), but I did like his character. This book is almost non-fiction, but not entirely, since the writer changed some o...
  • Lenlyn01
    Oct 30, 2012
    I remeber reading this book and kept wanting more. It is not a romance book by far which it took me way out of my elements cause that is what I'm partial too. I'm glad I gave it a chance though. ...