James Frey is not your typical rehab patient. He doesn't
take the counselors or the other patients seriously. He actively mocks the
Twelve-Step program. And he's a jerk. (Seriously. We're being nice here.)
Take this example from Part 4, Chapter 2, near the very end
of the book. At this point, James already knows he's about to leave rehab. His job is to
be greeter, so he goes to talk to a new patient:
What do you
I'm the Greeter. I
came to greet you.
Go greet someone else.
I laugh again.(4.2.11-4.2.17)
Later, the man tells his story, and what do James the guys
do? "We laugh at him and we laugh at his story. At first he is angry and
confused by us and our laughing, he doesn't understand it […] Michael the
Catholic comes to understand that we are not laughing at him, but with him"
Except Michael isn't
laughing. Yes, he begins to laugh, but maybe it's just to get
the crazy laughing maniacs away from him. James constantly mocks other
patients, their success stories, and their problems. By the time each patient
leaves, he usually manages to say something nice to him, but the fact remains
that James himself never changes. He is stubborn, sarcastic, and rude right up
until the very end.