Depending on who was cast in the movie.
This book was on my 16 yr old daughters recommended summer reading this..I was more than shocked when I listened to it. Not what I was expecting at all!
The author was too sexually explicit and had no resemblance to real life.
It reminds me of "1000 Little Pieces" and we know what happened with that book.
The narrator (the author) is amazing and hilarious, drawing you in with each drawn out breath.
Somewhere between David Sedaris and Jeannette Walls, this book is both funny and shocking and sadly easy to relate to.
Tell us about yourself!
I'm pretty sure I couldn't have less in common with the author and his experiences, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story. I can understand that some readers will be very put off by the descriptive sex scenes that many reviews have referred to. I found them uncomfortable to listen to, but they occupy such a small part of the story and are part of the adolescent introspection that makes the entire book entertainingly reminiscent.
The author tells a great story that I found full of candor, ranging from self-effacing and shameless in its recollection of thoughts many would never share. At times, I laughed out loud and others were uncomfortable, but the point of view for such a formative part of life is universally identifiable to anyone that ever had an awkward moment (or two) in their teens. If you want a high-brow, stuffy recollection of coming of age, beware - this isn't fine literature! It is a memoir written in perspective of the time that it occurred instead of remembrance filtered through the wisdom and experience of adulthood. Consider yourself warned if you are squeamish or easily offended. I thought it was entertaining, open, interesting, and well worth my time. Burroughs is a great storyteller and I will definitely read more of his writing.
I read Dry and liked it. Was looking forward to this but as others have noted, Burroughs' narration comes across as whiny. I found his voice extremely annoying. I still think he's a great story teller, as long as it's written down.
Its not that this book was bad... just different from anything I have ever read. I did laugh a bit, mostly out of horror..wow.. what a life!
This book was nauseating.. I felt physically ill and somewhat betrayed by the explicit content...It should have a warning label on it, just like movies do...at the very least there should be some sort of disclaimer about the graphic homosexual content...and the thing of it is, there was no need to go into that kind of detail. Including it seriously put a dent in his credibility...maybe his motives were more to do with shock value than actually telling this story....I'd skip this one folks...it's a waste of your money and is not going to leave you a better person for having read it...
I expected this memoir to be entertaining. (I had heard the author in various radio interviews and had heard brief excerpts.) In that respect it lived up to its promise. What I did not expect was for it also to be such a poignant tale of childhood and adolescent survival. The occasional graphic descriptions of the author's experience with scatology, sex, neglect, filth, and behaviors of mental illness are sometimes shocking, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes touching. Read this uplifting story of survival. Highly recommended!