Sunday, December 12, 2010

REVIEW: Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey.

book cover of Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
Title:  Bright Shiny Morning
Author:  James Frey
Publish Date:  May 2008
Genre:  Adult Fiction
Page Count:  512 pages

     This is the story of a city.  The city of Los Angeles, California.  James Frey attempts to paint a portrait of the city by following the stories of several individuals.  Dylan and Maddie, two kids from Ohio who escapes their impossible home lives to come to California, with only the faith they have in each other to sustain them.  Old Man Joe, a homeless drunk on Venice Beach, obsessed with chablis, who lives in a bathroom and lays on the beach everyone morning, waiting for an answer to a question he doesn't know.  Esperaza, a Mexican American who forgoes her college dream after she is humiliated at her own high school graduation.  Amberton Parker, an Oscar winning actor who lives in great wealth with his beautiful actress wife and his two beautiful children, but things aren't what they seem to be. 

     In between these stories, there is a history and fun facts of LA.  While initially it seemed interesting, by about the middle of the book it becomes very tiresome.  I found myself skipping over these segments to get to the segments about the actual characters.

     If you have not read James Frey before now [A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard], his writing style is something that you have to get used to.  He writes in incomplete sentences, he repeats things.  If you can make it past that, then you might be able to somewhat enjoy the book.

     Yes, he lied to Oprah and a lot of people refuse to read his work because of that, but he's not a bad writer.  If the interludes weren't so tiresome and the writing style was different, then I might have liked it better, but as it stands, I would probably give the book a 2 out of 5.

     Think you might want to give this book a try?  Read other reviews or order from Amazon!   Bright Shiny Morning   

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