Review | Katerina | James Frey

About The Book

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love 38511216and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the explosive new novel by America’s most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018.

At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive, dazzling, breathtaking style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination

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My Thoughts

I was given an ARC copy of Katerina for my honest opinion and review.

I have read many titles by James Frey over the years and love his style of writing. I have always devoured his work.

Katerina was different from his past works.  It is a love story set in both the past and present going back and forth between Paris 1992 and Los Angeles2017.

While the book reads more like poetry, similar to a Million Little Pieces, I found it difficult to follow or to stay engaged.  The lack of punctuation actually takes away from the storyline and is very off putting. I almost didn’t finish.

So go in with eyes wide open especially if you are a fan of James Frey’s previous writings.

Overall I give Katerina 3 stars.

I feel that he had so much more to give and didn’t quite make it to the finish line.

 

About The Author

James Christopher Frey is an American author and entrepreneur. After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, he wrote A Million Little Pieces which was published in 2003 in America and the following year in the UK to critical acclaim. He wrote the sequel, My Friend Leonard about life after rehab, which was published in 2005 in the US and the year after in the 822UK.

James Frey now lives in New York with his wife, daughter and dog. He is still writing. Most recently he has published Bright Shiny Morning, and his new book The Final Testament of the Holy Bible will publish on 12 April and is available for pre-order now.

He is also one of the authors that share the pseudonym Pittacus Lore, author of the Lorien Legacies.

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