Running With Scissors Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is Augusten Burroughs's memoir of his childhood, when his parents divorced and his mother sent him to live with her psychiatrist who was himself in need of psychiatric help. It follows him from age nine to age seventeen. At Dr. Finch's home Augusten grew up wild with filth and feces all over the house, no school, staying up late, drug and alcohol use, and had sexual relations with Dr. Finch's pedophile adopted son. Augusten's best friend was Dr. Finch's daughter Natalie, who was about his age and longed to escape and go to Smith College. Despite all the nasty goings-on, the book has a very humorous tone to it.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   parental abuse Wild kid(s)?    -   acting savage/like animals Loving/sexing?    -   guy chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   two guys doing it    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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