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Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
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Feb 22, 2012

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Read from February 22 to March 01, 2012

It was really hard to rate this book. Parts of this book are absolutely five stars, and this is one of the few memoirs where I thought the book ended at a good place, and could even have used a little more around the ending.

However, there are so many absurdly, unnecessarily abrupt transitions, overly repetitive scenes, and dead-end anecdotes, that I found myself wishing I could skim through a lot of it.

The parallels with Sedaris are definitely there, but Burroughs lacks the poignancy and the ability to put a fine point on a scene like Sedaris can (at least in this work).

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