Reading this book one month into abstinence was a great experience. Augusten put into words so many emotions I was feeling but could not describe. And very funny too.
I find this to be an interesting story, but Augusten does not give justice to the material with his stilted narration. It would be an excellent audiobook with a professional narrator.
I loved the way that the topic of early sobriety is handled in this book. Augusten's work is honest, humorous and unique. You will definitely laugh out loud if you listen or read this one!!
Extremely well-written, extremely well-read. I really like this author and he reads his own stuff and reads it very well. The writing is wonderful, with many nice turns of phrases. Very observational and original. Manages to take some serious subjects, treat them with respect, but keep it light all at the same time. Very uplifting. The context is less bizarre than "Running WIth Scissors," but if you read the author's background (gay, alcoholic, NYC, ad agency, raised by "Martians" (as far as I can tell), psychotic Mother, etc.) you might get the sense that the book will be a bit too otherworldy to relate to easily, or will somehow seem "icky." "Running with Scissors" may be that a bit, but this one really not. The author is really a psychologically minded, optimistic, everyman, that manages to pour universal humanity into prose that from time to time has a context beyond my experiences. Similar to David Sedaris, with a little less bite, and a little less laugh out-loud, roll on the floor. A warmer style, that is still very, very funny.
An incredible writer, and great delivery on this book! I listen to it driving, and I almost feel like he's in the passenger seat telling me these outlandish tales.