1.04.2012

You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

You Better Not Cry: Stories for ChristmasYou Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love Augusten Burroughs, but this was not my favorite collection of his stories. The two at the beginning were good, and the last one was pretty good, but in between...ay yi yi. Each story is about something that happened to Augusten at Christmas time. The first one, where as a child, he confused Santa and Jesus was great--it's easy to see how that might happen if you grow up in a non-religious household. After the first few stories in his childhood, we jump to Augusten in the throes of his alcoholism. He almost made me hate him in those stories. I think if I hadn't read Dry, and knew what he'd been through, I might have given up on this book. He comes off as the most hateful person. Thankfully, he redeems himself in the last story. I was hoping for a light end-of-the-year read, but the stories are pretty dark and kind of depressing for the Christmas season. It might be more appropriate to read at Halloween.

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