Book Review - Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
Read this only if you have time to finish it quickly
Looking for a great read? Something to take you away for a little while? Something fast-paced, a page turner? Then you have to check out "Bright Shiny Morning" by James Frey. I admit, I'd not heard of James Frey or this book - found it at Barnes and Noble in the Bargain section. It's amazingly well written - using unconventional techniques at time, that plunge you into the story and the thoughts of the characters at a fast pace. It's set in Los Angeles and examines the people that live there, move there, survive there, and die there. There's an eclectic cast of characters that don't end up being tied together in any way, other than they live in L.A. Their age, income, status, race - all vary. Yet somehow, each person's story resonates, regardless of your own background.
At well over 500 pages, I thought this would be a book I would savor for several days, picking up here and there when there was some free time. But I found myself so drawn to the characters and events that I cancelled all plans one Sunday and read it straight through.
It's not a happy book. In fact, it's a bit depressing at times. But it's a wonderful study on what can happen based on the choices we make in life. The hope we hold on to, sometimes false, the resignation to a way of life when options seem scarce, and the realism of the characters is raw and fast paced. It's a sneak peak into lives most of us will never experience (thankfully). It made me think about choices and the poeple with whom we surround ourselves. It made me grateful for my own life and conscious of the fact that we all could have different fates, if we so choose. It made me hopeful.
I couldn't put it down - couldn't wait to see what happened next - couldn't get enough of the interesting 'facts' about L.A. Check it out - you'll be glad you did - just make sure you've got time to finish it quickly - or you might end up losing a night's sleep!