I love Augusten Burroughs' writing, but not this book I'm afraid. It's very disjointed and not as descriptive and poetic as previous novels. I am not a professional critic but I believe that self help books should be left to the professionals. This tongue in cheek novel doesn't quite hit the nail on the head.
I suggest all his other novels, but you can give his one a miss.
Excellent material and outstanding narration. I laughed and cried several times. Augusten is uniquely qualified, talented, and generous to share this material. I discovered tools and understanding to apply to my life and to be a more compassionate friend.
I love Augusten Burroughs and own all of his other books but this is not a novel and not what I expected.
It's not a story and perhaps for this reason I had trouble staying engaged.
Remove the vivid description of suicide and repetitive use of the F word.
Not write in such a casual manner. It feels like someone talking and it made me zone out and not listen.
It was funny in several spots but morbid and graphic in others.
irritation and boredom
It said at the beginning that it was a book that was for young and old. I was pretty embarrassed of the content with my 13 year old in the car. Now I have 3 hours left on the book and I have no desire to finish it. This is just my opinion and I just couldn't get into it.
I loved that I found out where his name came from but the context didn't hold my attention like in other of his books.
This book was more of a phsichologist study rather than a book about his life.
I love Augusten Burroughs. He is extremely insightful, but then again, how could he not be? Those who have been through trials and tribulations are more interesting people, have more insight and wisdom. I found it to be thought provoking.
Say something about yourself!
not very insightful. these things were not new stories, some were boring.
Sort of ... I guess ...
I would have presented my observations as my opinions and not dismiss another's opinions so nonchalantly.
Yes, with reservations ...
Augusten Burroughs is an important observer of humanity. However, he does himself no justice with his autocratic presentations. He needs to get back to fiction wherein he excels.