Grow Up by Ben Brooks

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Who says youth is wasted on the young? Jasper wants to get on in the world, but life is distracting. He's got his A-levels to contend with, his mother pushing him to overachieve, weekly visits to his psychologist, come-downs, YouTube suicides and pregnant one-night-stands. And then there's his step-dad - 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.

About Ben Brooks

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BEN BROOKS is the author of Fences, An Island of Fifty, The Kasahara School of Nihilism, and Upward Coast & Sadie. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He was born in 1992 and lives in Gloucestershire, England.
Published July 1, 2011 by Canongate Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brooks effectively conveys Jasper's perpetual scorn for this domestic interloper: "Keith is in the garden massaging the soil.

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Brooks's latest (after Fences) follows British teen and aspiring novelist Jasper James Wolf in his post-ironic and frequently post-literate quest to pass his O-levels, peg his stepfather as a murderer, and have sex with unattainable classmate Georgia Treely.

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The Independent

There is a pointless subplot in which Jasper suspects his stepfather, Keith, of murdering his first wife, and another – far too knowing – subplot in which Jasper is working on a coming-of-age novel about a teenage boy worrying about exams, girls, drugs, and parties.

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The Bookbag

But making a big point of it would be such a no-no with the pet adolescents in these 'ere parts I'm going with a footnote in order to avoid filial censure.

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The subject matter edges into dangerous territory - date rape, teenage pregnancy, suicide - but Brooks handles it with maturity and wit.

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Curious Book Fans

Parts of it were amusing, but mostly I read it as a rather sad window into the lives of teenagers in Britain – but I have to admit, I hope that the novel is an exaggeration and that teenagers are not constantly snorting lines of god-knows-what (there’s no recognisable cocaine etc in Grow Up, it’s...

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