Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Grow Up Paperback – July 1, 2011
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I, for one, am torn. I really did enjoy this book. The characters say and do offensive things, but I didn't find myself offended. I had to really think about why that was. And I think in the end I believe that Ben Brooks was successful in creating precisely what he set out to: an unreliable narrator.
Jasper Wolf is a naif (in some ways like his idol, Holden Caulfield) in that he believes he is completely self aware and worldly but his own immaturity and bravado prevent him from accurately seeing the world around him. Ben Brooks has not created a world in which there are no consequences for Jasper's actions; he has created a world in which Jasper does not always see what those consequences will be, and one in which Jasper himself is not always the one who will have to pay for his own bad behaviour.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it was a great read that put us in a different and foreign perspective very well and forced us to think out of our comfort zonePublished 2 months ago by R. Dressler
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 22 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 May 12, 2012 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)