Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Book Review #2

Title: Running With Scissors

By: Augusten Burroughs
Pages: 320

Book Discription:
"Running with Scissors is 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 pedophile 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. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances."

Would I recommend this read?
Even though this book was very different then books I have read in the past I would recommend it. It was another one I could not put down. At times I was shocked and disgusted, but I sure did laugh a lot. This book has been made into a movie and as soon as I get a moment... I'm going to go rent it!



  1. I thought the book was great too!! It was definitely an interesting one...not the norm. However, do NOT rent the movie, it completely destroys the book (and it's not that entertaining).

    You should read his other book, Dry

  2. I think I will check out that other book. i like his odd sense of humor.

    Thats Funny about the movie... I picked up the book because a friend told me the movie was good! lol. I'm sure I will still watch it anyway... I cannot help myself ;-)

  3. I want to read this book now. What a horrifying premise. I hope you trip to Michigan, changing topics here, was pleasant. We had great weather for you.