Running with Scissors A Memoir Author:Augusten Burroughs RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a pedophi... more »le who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year-round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull, an electroshock therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing, and bestselling account of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances...« less
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.
bookaddict reviewed Running with Scissors: A Memoir on
Helpful Score: 45
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.
Tracy F. (tsf) reviewed Running with Scissors: A Memoir on
Helpful Score: 27
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.
Wow. Just finished this. Have just requested his next book. I have a feeling I won't be forgetting Augusten or his unconventional, and sad in many ways, childhood. What a skilled writer he is, despite not finishing school. Just goes to show, we all have different talents and we learn in different ways. Schools are not set up for alternative learners. Felt very bad about the parents he was dealt, the sex predator who stole his childhood, and most of all - the sham therapist who made a living "helping" people, but probably caused a lifetime of problems in his wake.
This was one of the best books I've ever read. A heart rentching story told by the person who went through it so hillariously! His follow up book "Dry" was even funnier, has been requested by me and has already been sent out. If you want a real story, told in a fashion that leaves you laughing, get these two books!