This isn't an easy book by any means. But I would shove this in the hands of everyone I know. Lansky writes with a rawness that I haven't seen often, and it's what makes this book a must read for me. He's open and vulnerable and pulls no punches.
I was sucked in my how open he was, right off the bat. He talks about his eating disorder, addiction, proclivity for sleeping with older men, all of it. I appreciated his candor and how he doesn't seem to shy away from anything. I especially liked seeing his growth when it came to the addiction, from trying to blame it on his father, to fighting rehab, and ultimately to dealing with it.
I will say, some reviews have suggested that it might be a funny novel, and while it's not necessarily all dark and depressing, I wouldn't suggest that it's funny in a ha-ha way. There's definitely some parts that made me chuckle, but if I'm being honest I think it was more from feeling kinship with some of what Lansky went through. Especially some of the older men he "dated," and I use that term loosely.
I can tell this is a book I'll come back to again and again, and of course I have to say how much I loved it on audio. Cole Ferguson does it again folks, I am telling you.