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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.
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 ›
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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 19 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
I recently went to a friend with the following statement about this book: "Good golly I read a coming-of-age book last night that was so foul languaged and filled with sex, drugs... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Lydia