Thursday, March 8, 2012

Grow Up by Ben Brooks

Grow Up. by Ben Brooks
Good Reads Summary 
Grow Up. by Ben Brooks by Ben Brooks

Jasper wants to get on in the world, but he's got a lot on his plate: A-levels, his mother pushing him to overachieve, weekly visits to his psychologist, comedowns, YouTube suicides and pregnant one-night-stands. Then there's his stepdad - the murderer.

Hilarious and heartbreaking by turns, Grow Up is the ultimate twenty-first-century coming-of-age novel. It paints a vivid portrait of the pills and thrills and bellyaches of growing up today. Funny, smart and twisted, it is the story of one young man transformed.

My Thought
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Grow Up is the ultimate twenty-first-century coming-of-age novel.”

Egh... Not quite.

It did get entertaining at points, even funny and sometimes even inappropriate/ decidedly slightly non-PC. All that, plus the sex and drugs. Loads of sex . Loads of drugs. Then again this is a tale told by one Jasper who likes mucking about. His day is made if his gotten high, had a drink (or two, but better if more) then made head way with one of the opposite sex. Though not necessarily in that order.

I will be honest: his ideas could be so out there. Hell, reading this book, his story is so out there for me. Yet despite his moments of being inappropriate  and despite his moments of being odd, there was a one specific bit that I did like (as in truly like). His connection with Tenaya:

She made him less out there and kinda-sorta anchored. There was something beyond himself that he cared about after all! So, while I’d not have normally read something like this I’m glad it did. At least it’s put something different in what I’ve been reading of late.

Odd book, odd character.


Thank you Netgalley!

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