My Friend Leonard by James Frey

() If you’ve read Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, you already know that he is a great writer with an eventful past. This book extends further off of where that one left off, beginning with the suicide of his girlfriend from rehab, Lilly.

His friend Leonard, whom he also met at rehab, has decided to “adopt” him as his son. Leonard is a very wealthy mobster, but still has a very human heart. Further, he has another side to him that he lets no one see, not even Frey, until the end of the novel. Leonard is a big part of Frey’s life. He is always available to support him, e.g. scaring off a problematic neighbor and providing financial aid when Frey is desperate. (He’s a struggling author and playwright.) They have luxurious meals and trips together, and are treated like kings everywhere they go. Unfortunately, this kind of life cannot last forever – not that any life can.

Frey battles his addictions intermittently throughout the story, but not as much as you would expect.

This book kept my attention all the way through. It was nice to find another novel that I looked forward to reading, as opposed to one that I would only open when I had nothing better to do.

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