We meet a smoother more polished writer in this book than in his earlier 'Running with Scissors'. This time the story almost seems more personal to him and we follow along from the beginning when he is forced into rehab (though he doesn't believe he needs it or belongs there) through the end where he finally does become 'dry'. I would really recommend this to those who have an addict in their lives- whether their friend or family member is clean or using, this book gives us a better glimpse into the mechanics of addiction as it details and stresses the fine points of temptation that the sober take for granted and the addict probably never can.
For those who may be uncomfortable with the homosexual topics: relationships and acts are discussed however, they are not, for the most part, depicted in as blatantly shocking a manner as in 'Running with Scissors'.
I really enjoyed this book, I don't think you have to read "Running with Scissors" first, but if you do, You really need to read this book next! they are totally different but with the same great humor.
I thought in the first book he writing his experiences as he remembered them as a child and that is really different than how we would see those experiences as an adult, which is what makes it so hard for people to believe. In this book he is writing his experiences as an adult.
I find it refreshing that throughout his life and books he focuses on the positive and not the negative like so many other memoirs. He was luckily blessed with an incredible sense of humor that allows him to remain afloat in a world of crap.
I don't think he at says "look at me I have a messed up life aren't I so funny and fabulous" to me he's funny and fabulous IN SPITE of his messed up life... and I've only read two of books but I don't recall his ever thinking he was fabulous. I suppose people think that if he was beaten down his whole life he should act more like it - I'm glad he doesn't!
For people who have not had such a "perfectly normal" life his books are better than therapy! and in his books you can find "hope"
....of having a smile at the end of your worst day ever.
What I found so amazing about this book was Augusten's unapologetic honesty. He shares things with strangers (us, the readers) that most people would prefer to not even face. My husband is a recovering alcoholic and I learned things about his struggle that I had not known because he had chosen to keep them inside.
This book gives hope while taking the reader on a roller coaster ride of his struggles, triumphs, more struggles and more triumphs. I felt like I was righ there during some of the most heart-wrenching moments of this time of his life.
I liked this one MUCH better than Running With Scissors (which I thought was way too out in left field for me - sorry, I don't buy all of it). ANYWAY. This book was really well done, written from the heart and I believed every single word of it. Very well written, I laughed and I cried. I'm anxious to get to the next one!
I found this book to be a lot more genuine and usually more humorous than Running With Scissors. Not that Running With Scissors was bad, because it wasn't, but I found RWS more depressing than hilarious. Dry is a great follow up to it that I'd recommend to anyone who has read the first one.