I haven't read any of Augusten's other work so I don't those to compare this one to, but this book is pretty dark and disturbing. Personally, I read this book less as a memoir and more as a work fiction just because of how it was written. I get that what he'd written very well could've happened, but I feel like he probably took too many opportunities to add detail where it wasn't. For example, as many people pointed out, it's extremely uncommon to have vivid memories when you're less than a year old. I thought the book was okay, there were just certain things that were too over the top and farfetched.