This is movie about the life of Augusten Burroughs. He resides with a mother who wants to become a famous poet but cannot seem to control her mood swings and mad behavior. His father is a drunk who provides no help to him either. He soon feels unsafe in his own home while his parents pass blame as to who is responsible for these feelings. He has mixed feelings about who is responsible and knows they both have contributed to the cause.
His parents seem to want to blame each other and cannot seem to come to an agreement and eventually his mother tries to take matters into her own hands and wants to have his father killed. She puts her son under the care of a psychologists hoping this will help. She still does not understand that she is just at much to blame for her son's problems as his father was. Augustin finds it hard to adjust to living in a new environment with the doctor and her family. His mother visits him seldom and soon he admits that he is gay. He finds a partner and begins an erotic relationship but soon discovers their age difference is a big adjustment for him.