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!
When I first read the back of the book at Borders, the story looked morbid and sad. I immediately put it down, even though I knew the book had good buzz. Then I saw the trailer for the movie version that is coming out this October and it looked amazing. Based on the trailer, I bought the audiobook. It is funny, poignant, and with hilarious pop-culture references and self-aware irony. I was listening at the gym and laughed out loud while on the treadmill. I never wanted it to end. Excellent narration by an excellent author. I just bought his next book, "Dry." Enjoy!
This guy has lived a tough existence. It's good in a way to listen and relate to Augusten's experiences; especially about his parents who were volitile and psychotic. I can't wait to listen to the author's next book.
This poignant memoir reminded me of the incredible psychological resilience of children, and the huge variety of human experiences behind seemingly "normal" people.
Somewhat sad and disturbing, "Running..." reassured my that things could always be worse, and even so, we all manage to get through somehow.
I would recommend this for those who enjoy seeing behind the scenes of others' lives, but include a caveat for timid listeners of Burroughs' matter-of-fact descriptions of his experience with child neglect, family mental illness and pre-teen homosexuality.
I really enjoyed Augusten Burroughs' original style and outrageously funny story line. It was a real bonus to have the author as narrator, too.
I really like this author. He writes like an angel and reads his own stuff very well. The language sounds just wonderful read aloud. Very uplifting, funny stuff in the most bizarre and potentially depressing of circumstances. Very observational and psychologically minded. Even though the context is highly unusual, at least for me, the author seems to write about the feelings and needs of all of us. This said, if you feel the least bit quesy about the context, start with "Dry." I admit that from time to time, if I thought about what it must have really been like for this author growing up, it sort of freaked me out. He seems to have come out of it quite the deep, complete, introspective, optimistic, philosophic human being, but it makes me angry that any kid would have to endure that kind of environment growing up, without stable adults around to help him through it. Again, though, I emphasize that this is far from a downer of a book. It is very funny and pretty darn uplifting.
Having myself grown up is a rather crazy household, I was totally captivated by Augusten's narrative of life in the good doctor's home. I think his writing is honest, straight forward and it held my attention. After listening to it, I went right out and bought the sequel, "Dry" and read it in a day. Maybe if you can't relate to a hugely dysfunctional environment, you might not like the book. I can also see where some might be offended by some of the graphic descriptions.