I was hesitant to read this book since all the reviews on it called it depressing. I found it to be the opposite. Yes, Burroughs led an unconvential, somewhat sad childhood, but he writes about his struggles with a sense of humor and very little bitterness. His novel reminds me a bit of David Sedaris's writing style, they are both self-obsessed gay men, but Burroughs is uniquely himself.
Obviously his experiences shaped the person he grew up to become (a very successful writer). I have added his novel "Dry" to my to read list.