Book Review: Dry

32370Dry By Augusten Burroughs

Goodreads Synopsis: You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls, and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that’s as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.

My Review: This was my second Augusten Burroughs book of 2016 and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I honestly feel like I can call Augusten my friend because he is super open about his life. When reading this book I felt like I was having a really long conversation with him and as he would tell the story I would start to picture everything and was dying for more. I was a little upset there weren’t any pictures in this book because I would love to see what all the people he talked about looked like.

So this book is about the time in Augusten’s life where he tries to get sober. I have to say this book is an emotional roller coaster. The whole time I was rooting for him. I wanted to be at those AA meetings telling him how proud I was and just be there for him when things started to get tough. I have to say it was tough to read but I believe that’s what shows this book is the real deal and isn’t sugar coated.

I really do hope one day I am given the chance to meet Augusten. He lives such an interesting life. I know in 2017 I will be reading more of his books. I am a little upset because he wrote a new book this year right when I read his first one. If I had read his books sooner I really would have loved to go to one of his book signings if he did one near me.

I really can’t wait to read about the next chapter in his life.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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