Well, I read the book many years ago and was stunned by the "facts" presented by "Mr. Burroughs" (Not his real name). The book was very explicit, emotional, raw & heartbreaking. And please, Ryan Murphy??? The guy who has the most scandalous, over the top TV show in American history? (AHS). How dare you whitewash this story and clean everything up to appease straight America into the theaters. It's not your style. Not anymore, anyway. Augusten's age is way off base in the film & the actor portraying him did not look like a 14 year old (and he wasn't, he was 20). The gay sex scenes between him and his older male lover should have been more brazen, more to the point and apparently more factual. The insanity in the Finch home was seriously downplayed in the film, this was a seriously disturbed household. And Augusten's on again/off again, tumultuous relationship with his mom? WAYYY off base in the film VS the book. Not even close. Very disappointing to me. I felt like I watched a PG version film of an NC-17 book. I'm glad Mr. Murphy came to his senses since and has provided us with AHS in all its glory. I just wish he had the balls to push the envelope when he made THIS film.