Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors

By Augusten Burroughs

  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Book: Running with Scissors
Running with Scissors book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 248 Ratings)

Running with Scissors Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Running with Scissors is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

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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 psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs....

Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

User reviews about the book

  • Nothing special

    1
    By akelly747
    Despite the "great reviews" and even a coworker recommending it, I am 3/4 the way into the book (pg 388) and it is incredibly boring and poorly written. It cannot keep my attention at all. I'm forcing myself to keep reading hoping it will get better but it's not. Just a bunch of looneys living together in a house who don't bathe or clean or work or anything!
  • Great

    4
    By Isabella79
    Very well written..
  • Loved this book

    5
    By klopez13
    I really liked the book
  • One of my favorite reads!

    5
    By noobalicous253
    I am usually a guy who reads "Graphic Novels" or Horror Books. But this one is great! Its telling you the life of an aspie!
  • Great read!

    5
    By Aplefail
    Unlike others below, it's a great read! Auto biographies always keep you interested and every novel by this author is great and true or else it wouldn't be called such. Worth every penny and every other novel by AB. Buy actual book so you can read faster and better though. iBooks is great for buying books for kids, not adults.
  • Wonderful rollercoaster

    5
    By e.a. ledbetter III
    If only 25% true, still hair-raising.
  • Crazy good

    5
    By Blair1283
    Read this years ago and read it again now. Couldn't put it down both times! Such crazy experiences...keeps you interested!

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