Grow Up

Grow Up Cover

Grow Up

By Ben Brooks

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143121091, 260pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Description
In this bawdy, raucous, and unabashedly frank novel, youth is certainly not wasted on the young

Hailed as "one of the most hilarious and well-observed accounts of teenage debauchery you are ever likely to read" by the trendsetting British lifestyle magazine "Dazed & Confused," Ben Brooks's "Grow Up" is a shocking, stylish, and very modern coming-of-age story.

As Jasper J. Wolf careens through high school, his list of to-dos includes: get high with friends, seduce the hottest girl in school, and, last but not least, expose his stepfather as a murderer. But as growing up soon teaches him, what he wants and what he gets are often wildly different--and decidedly unexpected.



About the Author
Ben Brooks is the author of "Fences," "An Island of Fifty," and "The Kasahara School of Nihilism." He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He was born in 1992 and lives in Gloucestershire, England.


Praise For Grow Up

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-Michael Cart, Booklist

 
“Eminently readable… Hyper–self-aware…Filled with black humor and fleeting tenderness… Its protagonist, Jasper J. Wolf, imagines himself as a prettier Holden Caulfield, but the end game reveals that the self-reflective young writer is more along the lines of a John Hughes hero, albeit with volumes more narcotics…There’s a timeless if caustic quality to [narrator] Jasper’s minimalist rants [and] there’s an unexpected humor even to the murkiest sequences. Brooks’ work feels richer [than] the transgressive teen drama Skins…as it explores generational angst and the blue-black damage of adolescence.” 

-Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging, funny and sharply-written. I loved how [Grow Up] manages to be both brutally uncompromising and gloriously warm-hearted.”

-Chris Killen, author of The Bird Room

“Ben Brooks is a magical imp who pumps out dark nuggets of poetry and makes you snort with laughter.”

-Noel Fielding, co-creator of The Mighty Boosh

“Sickeningly good. So confident, so stylish. An unacceptably witty and original debut.”

-Tim Key

“Liquid Gold.”

-The Observer (U.K.)

“I thought [Grow Up] was amazing. One of the most hilarious and well observed accounts of teenage debauchery you are ever likely to read….Alarmingly good.  Jasper is great fun, naively perceptive, often LOL-funny company.  A totally convincing portrait of being a wayward teenager now . . . It’s so pertinent it actually kind of trips you out.”

-Dazed & Confused

“Navigates the travails of school and beyond with a quick wit.”

-Independent on Sunday (U.K.)

“A sharp and witty exploration of adolescent life…Grow Up is one part serious, the rest is simply laugh-out loud funny….{Brooks] is able to deal with issues such as self-harm and suicide with a tenderness and sensitivity that one would have thought beyond his years….contagiously funny, well-written and no doubt marks the start of a promising career for a talented young writer.”


-The Scotsman (U.K.)

“Brilliantly captures 21st-century youth.  Hilarious.”

-Times (U.K.)

“I couldn’t stop reading Grow Up.

-www.Volume1Brooklyn.com

“Funny from unexpected places.”

-www.3amMagazine.com

“A dirty, dirty book. It is a wonderfully filthy book.”
-www.Areadinglife.com

“A vicious, often hilarious—and hilariously blunt—microcosm of contemporary, ketamine-addicted British youth.”
-blacklisted

“An undeniably fun read, thanks to the leanness of its prose and its sense of humour, which is as sharp as it is affected. This is Oscar Wilde with a Tumblr account, or Martin Amis remixed by Skrillex.”
-www.TheStar.com