What the most literate city in America reads on the bus
Reader: Cassi White Age: 22 Occupation: Server Residence: Queen Anne Bus: Route 18 to Ballard, 7:30 p.m.
Book: A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey State of completion: Page 301 of 511
Plot summary by Amazon.com: The electrifying opening of Frey's debut memoir smash-cuts to the then 23-year-old author on a Chicago-bound plane "covered with a colorful mixture of spit, snot, urine, vomit and blood." Wanted by authorities in three states, without ID or any money, his face mangled and missing four front teeth, Frey is on a steep descent from a dark marathon of drug abuse. His stunned family checks him into a famed Minnesota drug treatment center where a doctor promises "he will be dead within a few days" if he starts to use again, and where Frey spends two agonizing months of detox confronting "The Fury" head on...
Plot summary by Cassi: "It's pretty much about a guy struggling with addictions his whole life and his stay in rehab."
The hook: "What intrigued me was the controversy over if it was autobiography or fiction. I thought I'd read it and see for myself."
Critique: "It's hard for me to judge if it's true or not. You'd have more sympathy for him if you knew it was true, but it's still a pretty good story."
Afterward: "I'm not really taking sides. I'm just enjoying the story."