I got it from the library as I'm a cheap bastard. I generally liked the book and I liked Kyria's humor. Hmm, I've read some reviews from others on here and I think the confusion comes from what people wanted from the book to begin with. Kyria really didn't write some expose on Witnesses to rip the faith to shreads; she just told her story. And yes it did involve sex, rock 'n roll, the gays, loveless marriages, mental disorders 'bad association', drugs... because thats what everybody has to deal with- even JWs on some level, no matter how much they wanna cut themselves off from the world these things are/were still there and are in their lives as well no matter how much they want to pretend that its not.
So, I think thats why people are commenting on how some her problems were kind of her fault; I don't think the author would disagree with you at all because her tone already conveyed that. 'Did they know they had to support me and fix my problems? Why wouldn't they let me have the wedding I wanted and pay for it att he same time? Why wouldn't my mother's friend want to take me in as well and support her daughter's friend with the drinking and marriage problem?' Oh, Kyria knows who is to blame for the majority of her problems and she doesn't make a point of soley trying to put it on the JWs. Matter of fact, there isn't any expose on the Big Bads in Brooklyn, how dates are all wonky, the registration cards situation in Mexico v. the situation in the Congo (forgot which african country it was in). She just shows you how it affected her views, not made them.
She knows her probems were her problems, however she wrote about how being a JW influenced her problems because is a story that doesn't get talked about a lot; how her belief system sort of left her unprepared for life and how it was growing up with said beliefs that the world was going to end when it isn't. It wasn't the best story, nor was it that interesting after a while. The ending, however worked for me, with her in the poetry cafe getting to read yet another line of her bad poetry unsure of anything that was about to happen.
She's funny and her Youtube videos are kinda cute too.