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Grow Up Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Grow Up is laden with drug use, sex, vulgar language, so it makes me question whether or not it is for young adults, or at least, tweens. Jasper is self-centered, sometimes kind, often cruel. His primary objective is to have sex with Georgia Treely, and if his path is lined with alcohol, drugs, and sex, he is not going to deny it. Some of the situtations are humorous, some are cringeworthy, some are tender.
If you're the type of person that prefers a linear story that has a plot, then Grow Up is not for you. There is no real conflict, or the rise and fall of a typical book. What you have here is a series of events in a teenager's life and what happens when he achieves the greatest goal he has set for himself. In that aspect, it is different. Because Mr Brooks was a teenager when he wrote this, it is a credible and vivid story that makes me fearful, and almost sad, for this generation.
However, this is an honest portrayal of our youth, more so emphasized by the young author. It's not sophisticated, nor is it meant to be. It is a simple story about a teenage boy and all of the thoughts that swirl around a teenage boys head. If you're expecting more than that, this is probably not for you.
Then I realized, that's exactly what I wanted to say about Grow Up by Ben Brooks. Frankly, I needed to grow up and face the fact that, in spite of its numerous moral deficiencies, this book tackles tough, hard issues teenagers are facing every single day and it doesn't give them a "hero" to make them feel as if they are losing some kind of battle because they can't measure up.
Grow Up is the story of a boy and a girl, best friends, who make mistakes left and right. They lie, they do drugs, they have sex, they drink, they party, but most of all, they are hurting and it's so transparent it made my heart ache. Because in the middle of all of these harsh realities and the foul language, the boy and the girl, they are there for one another in a bond of friendship so strong it gave me hope.
When I found myself faced with star ratings on review sites, I honestly struggled with myself because, in terms of how potent this book is, and how hard it made me think, and how quickly I devoured it, it rates off the charts. But the other messages being flagrantly broadcast, and here is the deciding factor on that, the lack of consequences for those actions tilts the rating factor to the opposite side -so I end up right in the middle.
Grow Up is not a book for the faint of heart. Don't go into the book expecting warm and fuzzy emotions and tears. Go in expecting to be offended and disgusted - but don't let those emotions overwhelm you because no matter how offensive the teens are in this book, just like the teens you will, no doubt come into contact with, they have something else buried deep in side of them just crying out to be heard.
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I finished this novel in about a day because I couldn't put it down. Ben Brooks makes you fall in love with the characters while simultaneously thinking they're a bunch of pricks. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jennifer Boardman
It's such a disappointment. Shouldn't have bought this book. But still proud of myself finishing it. Don't buy it people or you will definitely regret it.Published on January 4, 2014 by Candace
The book was fantastic. It's probably one of my favourites. I don't recommend it for anyone under 18 due to content. It's very well written. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Shea
Grow Up is the sort of novel people refer to as "coming of age" because it's about teenagers about to graduate from high school (or finish A-levels, since they're British kids). Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)