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I Am Number Four- Pittacus Lore

This was by book recommended by a loved one for the Take a Chance Challenge. My wonderful boyfriend lent it to me.

Synopsis (from Amazon)

John Smith is not your average teenager.

He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him.

But you can’t run forever.

So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about – and who care about him. Never in John’s short life has there been space for friendship, or even love.

But it’s just a matter of time before John’s secret is revealed.

He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed.

John is Number Four. He knows that he is next . . .

Right from the start this book was predictable, I could have predicted what happened at the end right from the onset, although I couldn’t have predicted how we got there I could predict almost everything before I got to it. It was just so formulaic. It felt as if it was put together by a team trying to decide what teenagers  would most like. After all (sorry to break it to you guys) Pittacus Lore is not just one person, but a collaboration between James Frey and Jobie Hughes (hmm where have we seen James Frey lying before?). Okay maybe I am being a bit harsh, it was enjoyable enough, and an easy read, I pretty much read it in two days. The predictability reduced the excitement quite a bit, but I liked the characters enough to find the end moving, and I will probably read the next one, although I won’t rush out to buy it when it comes out.

All in all there are better, more exciting fantasy stories but if you are after an easy read with a bit of bite you can’t go wrong with this one



Filed under Fantasy, Fiction review, YA

A Million Little Pieces- James Frey

Synopsis (from Amazon)

When he entered a residential treatment centre at the age of twenty-three, James Frey had destroyed his body and his mind almost beyond repair. He faced a stark choice: accept that he wasn’t going to see twenty-four or step into the fallout of his smoking wreck of a life and take drastic action. Surrounded by patients as troubled as he, Frey had to fight to find his own way to confront the consequences of the life he had lived so far, and to determine what future, if any, he has. A Million Little Pieces is an uncommon account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed.


This is another book which has been on my TBR pile for a long time. Part of what put me off it the controversy over whether it was fiction or not. Certainly it was written as if it was an autobiography, but in parts it just seemed too, perfect I suppose. Some of the more unbelieveable things I could believe, because although they were hard to believe they fell into the category where you could imagine them happening in certain ways. Ultimately it was Lilly that made me not believe, but I will say no more than that because of spoilers. In terms of writing style it was pretty easy to read, although in parts it felt almost as if you were reading a list, a sort of ‘I did this, then this happened so I did this’. The conversation was hard to follow in parts because it was so infrequently told who was actually speaking. It carried you through quite easily though and the topic was interesting enough that you didn’t get bored with the writing style. At some points Frey would talk for too long about something which really wasn’t interesting, like documenting a fight which was on TV, I really didn’t care, and at these points I did notice how boring the writing style was. As far as topic went at times it was hard or uncomfortable to read, and it parts quite graphic. There was lots of swearing, which was generally unnecessary and might put some people off but I suppose it made things more realistic. As far as the more graphic sections went it was unflinching and almost matter of fact about what was going on which did for me seem the way that someone who had gone through those things would talk about them.

Overall, not the best written book, and at time it drags. But when I was interested I was really interested, and I do wish I had read it sooner.



Filed under Biography, Contempory, Fiction review, non-fiction review, psychology (non-fiction)

Book Blog Hop

Yes it’s that time again! (And no new posts since last time, although I have almost finished my current book so should be something new over the weekend or early next week). The Book Blog Hop hosted over at crazy-for-books.com is a great weekly event which helps bloggers to find each other, and I’ve found some great blogs through it. The best of which I’m letting you guys know about.

This week Jennifer is asking about the book we’re currently reading.

At the moment I’m reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I’m not sure I would call it an exactly enjoyable read but I am finding I’m liking reading it. It’s about a man with drug and alcohol additions and how he is trying to overcome them. It has been a bit graphic in parts which have been hard parts to read but is generally an easy read. It’s a bit of a controversial book because there is some debate over whether it is a biography (it is written like one) or fiction. I won’t say more now because then it’l spoil my review as I am near the end!


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