Another life story of a dysfunctional family life, interesting, but not edifying, I thought the popularity of the book would have made it worth my time. If this is on your “to read list” it can be moved to a lower priority.
I agree with what others have said: not everyone will find this as enthralling and hilarious as I did. If the events as they are told really happened there should be many pending lawsuits! I'm shocked that Augusten was able to become a well established writer in spite of his troubled upbringing. A memoir like no other - you have to read it and decide for yourself.
I don't know if I can recommend this book because I'm not sure if I liked it. It's not for everyone. It's a weird and sad subject (a completely messed up childhood) but the author has a really dark sense of humor about it so I found parts of it to be hilarious. Approach with caution.
Listened to 1 1/2 cd's and couldn't get into it. Odd, sad, weird.
This is among the strangest, hilarious, original and poignant books I have ever read. Thouroughly engaging, brilliantly read and absolutely marvelous. I cannot recommend it enough. It is a novel that will be either loved or misunderstood my the reader so be fairwarned: it is not for everybody.
Is there a rating system for books - like movies have? I enjoyed the book but I won't want my kid (or mother) to read it.
Octillion thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over
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