'It's a book that smacks of grandiosity, is exasperating but engrossing and, despite its oddities of punctuation and bleak minimalist style, is a riveting read'
'Sprawling as the city itself, and shows the flipside to the American dream'
'An immaculately written novel about a kaleidoscope of characters living in LA' (Tatler)
'At 500 pages, it is totally gripping throughout -- Frey may have upset a few people, but who cares when he writes like this?'
'Frey clearly has a knack for telling tales - this story of interweaving, never-meeting strangers in LA is an engrossing read'
'Its absorbing narrative confirms Frey as a master storyteller'
'Frey's trademark filmic snapshots zoom in on the parallel lives of diverse characters, bringing their egos and ideals, hopes and despairs, anxieties and absurdities vividly to life'
(Yorkshire Evening Post)'Bright Shiny Morning
reads quickly, has great dialogue and some expertly dramatic moments, teaches you more about L.A than you ever knew' (Washington Post)
'A sprawling, ambitious novel about Los Angeles, written with all the broad-stroke energy that was so irresistible to readers in A Million Little Pieces'
'An absolute triumph of a novel. In fact it's so good that it makes Frey's real-life resurrection from crooked biographer to great American novelist far more impressive ... Frey, a natural novelist to his fingertips, hits the deeper truths with this honest, vibrant and tender portrait of Los Angeles and the American dream ...It can be no exaggeration to say that Bright Shiny Morning amounts to the literary come-back of the decade ... James Frey is probably one of the finest and most important writers to have emerged in recent years'
(Irvine Welsh, Guardian)
'He turns clichÃ©s into characters robust enough to carry this 500-page Californian odyssey'
'A compulsive piece of popular fiction . . . works splendidly as an upmarket trashy read . . . Frey's hefty novel is nothing less than a panoramic depiction of a megalopolis at its highest and lowest ends .. He's an excellent entertainer . . . Frey can tell a story and has a fine eye for the variegated economic milieux in which his characters travel. So what if, by the end, you come away thinking the novel superficial and lacking in original insight. This is Los Angeles, baby. And in LA superficiality has its own integrity'
'[It] pays little heed to conventional syntax, thus creating a beguiling momentum of its own, propelled by raw emotion and energy ... this compulsive novel is testament that good fiction can reveal powerful emotional truths'
(Independent on Sunday)
'Taking the scattergun approach of his bestseller, A Million Little Pieces, he exposes the grubby reality of the Hollywood dream'
'Frey exposes the truth behind the fairy tale of LA in this energetic novel'
'Bright Shiny Morning has released [Frey] from the memoir trap, revealing an easy . . . storytelling facility'
'Frey has produced a novel that is defiant in both its grammatical rebellion and its fierce pace'
'An intriguing novel peopled by characters whose presence lingers once reading has ceased'
'A triumphant read'
'Frey writes with pace and energy'
(Times Literary Supplement)
'A sparkling narrative, which doesn't shrink from exposing the city's seamier side but ultimately is a huge celebration'
'All the characters are cleverly juxtaposed against the history and atmosphere of Los Angeles itself ... a riveting and hugely enjoyable read: rushy, entertaining and appealing'
(Sunday Business Post)
'This dazzling novel focuses on a crazy cross section of the city's fictional characters'
'Frey has constructed a spaghetti junction of LA stories that is irresistible, frustrating and compelling'
(RTE Guide (Ireland))
'For fans of gritty modern writing, this fast and fascinating story paints a portrait of the Los Angeles that Hollywood films and TV dramas rarely show'
'The gritty, gloriousness of James Frey's writing will suck you in ... one of our favourites already!'
'[Frey] takes us deep inside the city of inspiring actors, singers, models and dancers. The city of nose jobs, breast implants, Botox and liposuction.' 'Don't be fooled by the apparently glamorous setting of this novel. This book is a gritty, disturbing and definitely emotional insight into the LA lifestyle, yet it's not all doom and gloom either. Frey's undeniable sense of humour, wit and charm ensure you definitely get your fair share of laughs along the way. This book is an absolute, without a doubt, must read.
(Victoria Holden, Student Direct (Official Directory of Manchester and Salford))