Running With Scissors Author:Augusten Burroughs The #1 Bestseller
An Entertainment weekly top ten book of the year.
"Running with Scissors is hilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled, trenscendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing...It makes a good run at blowing every other (memoir) out of the water" Carolyn See, The Washington Post
This is definitely an R rated book. There are explicit homosexual sex scenes, language and drugs. Even though the writing was excellent with well defined characters and it flowed in an easy pattern, it was too graphic and the humor too dark for me. I will not be looking for another book by Augusten Burroughs.
Found this one humourous but somewhat self-indulgent and a bit disturbing. The writing style didn't particularly "flow" for me--I think there are much better "bad childhood memoirs" out there: the Lauck books, the Glass Castle, "Falling Leaves", "Angela's Ashes".
For a VERY humourous (not abusive) childhood memoir written in a much more dynamic and absorbing style, read "Devil in the Details" by a different author.
I just didn't like this book much, and didn't find much redeeming or profound about any of the people in it, including the author.
I hated this book and was unable to finish it. Well written but a real downer story about some people who have no business being around children, much less raising them. Maybe there is some great revelation at the end or something but it was just too depressing for me to wade through.
I couldn't finish this book. Very sexually graphic...not funny at all...if the sections I read are true, most of the characters should be arrested for the parts they played in this young man's life. Quite disturbing.