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Grow Up

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Who says youth is wasted on the young?

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, come-downs, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 191g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0857861875
  • 9780857861870
  • 137,185

Review Text

Ben Brooks is a magical imp who pumps out dark nuggets of poetry and makes you snort with laughter. NOEL FIELDING
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There's as much here to titillate as there is to provide genuine insight. * * Glasgow Herald * * Ben Brooks is a writer who genuinely excites me. ... Youth culture cliches and conventions are bricolaged together smartly. It's a dizzying, numbing mix. -- Colin Herd * * 3:AM Magazine * * Like the first two series of Skins, [Brooks] captures the narcissism, insecurity and overriding need to party of sixth form with humour, swag and a lyrical prose. * * Cooler * * A new literary bomb. -- Shane Jones, author of LIGHT BOXES Liquid gold. * * Observer * * A tremendous writer. -- Dennis Cooper Beautiful and complex. * * Dazed & Confused * * Eye-opening, sometimes eye-watering . . . This is a totally convincing portrait of being a wayward teenager now, that only a teenager could have written. It's so pertinent it actually kind of trips you out. It's pretty mental that Ben Brooks is any good now: imagine how good he could be by the time he actually does grow up. * * Dazed & Confused * * Brooks has an ability to show us the world through the eyes of a teenage boy and his fast-paced, expressive narration. Grow Up is contagiously funny, well-written and no doubt marks the start of a promising career for a talented young writer. -- Jen Bowden * * Scotsman * * In a world in which youth is fetishised as much as it is, Brooks revels in what everyone secretly knows - namely, that teenagers are all, in some way or another, idiots. Jasper and his friends are as earnest as they are ironic, selfish, cruel, giddy and unthinking. Adults, he is confident, are clueless and easily manipulated ... although by the end he starts to twig that perhaps they are not as stupid as he would like to believe. -- Ben Machell * * Times * * Engaging, funny and sharply-written. I loved it. Somehow manages to be both brutally uncompromising and really warm-hearted. -- CHRIS KILLEN The most convincing portrayal of the adolescent mind since Vernon God Little - Like Holden Caulfield on Mephedrone.' -- EWAN MORRISON GROW UP is absolutely knockout - Brooks is blessed with a blinding grasp of terse, lyrical prose, and has the timing of a genius stand-up comic. Top class. -- RICHARD MILWARD author of APPLES Sickeningly good. So confident, so stylish. An unacceptably witty and original debut. -- TIM KEY Ben Brooks is a magical imp who pumps out dark nuggets of poetry and makes you snort with laughter. -- NOEL FIELDING
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About Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Gloucestershire. He is also the author of Fences, An Island of Fifty, The Kasahara School of Nihilism and Upward Coast & Sadie. Brooks' work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in the Dzanc Best of the Web anthology.
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2,683 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 23% (618)
4 36% (970)
3 26% (709)
2 11% (283)
1 4% (103)
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