Friday, April 29, 2016

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Title: Running with Scissors

Author: Augusten Burroughs

Published: Picador, 2003 (First published 2002)

Pages: 300

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Summary: The true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. 

So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a paedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock-therapy machine could provide entertainment.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: This book is strangely addictive and somewhat disgusting.  I say disgusting just because of the amount of dirt and things that were in the house Augusten went to live in and it was something I found hard to stomach. That being said, the book really was addictive and I had a hard time putting it down.

Running with Scissors centers on Augusten and his life from a young boy to a teenager. His life is very crazy and so much happens in such a short amount of time. He ends up living with his mother's psychiatrist and him and his family are very eccentric.  There are so many strange things that happen, at times it seems crazy that all of this actually happened to someone.

There are some pretty intense parts to this book. Augusten Burroughs had a very strange life and a lot of it was not good. There were quite a few parts of this book that I was a little shocked at. It's really difficult to write about my thoughts on this book because it's someone else's life and their telling it. I will say that it's very well written and the way that Augusten Burroughs writes is definitely engaging.

Overall, I found Running with Scissors to be strangely engrossing and I definitely feel like I will be reading more of Augusten Burroughs' work. I've already had a look at his other books and they sound very intriguing.

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