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Not his best, but still good,
This review is from: You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas (Hardcover)
I'm a huge fan of all of Augusten's books, but I found this one just a little disappointing. I read "You Better Not Cry" in two days...not because I'm a super speedy reader, but because it's a very short book. The page count is decent, but the size of the book is very tiny so the book is over before you know it.
That's my biggest problem with the book. It's just TOO short.
That said, it's an entertaining read. The book progresses chronologically through Augusten's past. The stories of his childhood are generally quite funny. Generally speaking, I actually like stories of his adult life better than stories of his childhood (i.e. I like "Dry" and "Magical Thinking" even more than "Running With Scissors"). This also holds true with "You Better Not Cry". My favorite stories in the book are of his adult life. My favorite story in the book is "Silent Night." This heart-warming little tale makes me really sad that Augusten and Dennis are no longer together.
I found his story titled, "The Best and Only Everything" terribly sad and it's the longest story in the book. But there are amusing stories, too. I really enjoyed the title story, "You Better Not Cry."
All in all, it's a worthwhile read. And with Amazon's discounted price, I'm glad I bought it. I just wish it were longer! Keep writing, Augusten. I just can't get enough of your words!
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2009 1:27:08 PM PST
Donna Talarico says:
Nice review. It's funny how you and I rated the book the same and yet had the exact opposite take on which part we liked best... Thanks for sharing.
Posted on Nov 27, 2009 9:14:47 PM PST
D. Schumacher says:
I am wondering where you got the idea that Augusten and Dennis are no longer together. I don't see any reference to this in the book or anywhere else, except that the notes about the author don't mention Dennis.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 10:14:39 PM PST
Donna Talarico says:
It was recent. According to Augusten on a Twitter update, they have split.
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