Running with Scissors review

A Memoir Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
My review
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Forget Oprah and James Frey’s bogus memoir. Running with Scissors is a funny, cringe-inducing, horrifying, yet ultimately satisfying look at one boy’s crazy childhood. Crazy literally and otherwise. You wouldn’t wish some of the things that happen to this kid on your worst enemy. His mom is nutty, his dad leaves when he’s young, and he ends up living with his mom’s shrink, who is pretty nutty himself (not to mention the rest of his family). His experiences with knowing he is gay from a very young age are graphic to say the least and will make some people wonder why I like the book so much. But they’re all a part of how this kid was forced to grow up quickly, quicker than anyone should have to. As the saying goes, life’s a journey, and Augusten Burroughs’ journey is one worth reading. I am torn over putting a star rating on this book. I’d say it’s a definite 4.5 stars. Recommended reading before the movie comes out in the fall.
Next up is Kafka on the Shore by one of my new favorite authors, Haruki Marukami.

1 thought on “Running with Scissors review”

  1. Sounds like an interesting read, however I think that some of my clients’ lives could give this guy a run for his money. I deal with kids and adults who experience dealing with parents who have mental illness, substance abuse issues, violence issues and sexuality issues. It is crazy work but sometimes my cases can have positive outcomes.


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