James Frey is the thirty-something author from Ohio of Queen Oprah's recent pick, A Million Little Pieces, his so-called "non-fiction" memoir. Interestingly, it turns out he lied to make himself seem worse than he really was, and the extent of his fabricated depravity is part of what drew Oprah to his book. Here's something to discuss with your teens: why are people tempted to embellish their lives to make themselves seem like troublemakers? Do kids at school ever exaggerate their own behavior like Frey did, skewing it negatively in the re-telling? Why is it cool to be bad in our culture?
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