Grow Up


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


Who says youth is wasted on the young? Jasper wants to get on in the world, but life is distracting. He’s got his A-levels to contend with, his mother pushing him to overachieve, weekly visits to his psychologist, come-downs, YouTube suicides and pregnant one-night-stands. And then there’s his step-dad – 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.


This is another book I was recommended. I’m glad I read it, but it’s definitely a strange read. I’m not sure that everyone would enjoy it as it’s quite rude and blunt. It also uses a word that rhymes with blunt that I absolutely HATE. Urgh. Anyway, besides from that, it’s a funny book, not quite laugh out loud funny for me.

If you want to read about a normal teenage English boy, then this is the book for you. Our protagonist Jasper is a seventeen year old boy. He’s typically self-absorbed. He can be quite a charmer and quite thoughtful but most of the time he’s just irritating. Still, the author makes you want to continue reading about him. Jasper is always avoiding studying and looking for sex, drugs, drink and cigarettes. Some of the storyline is completely over the top, but I guess that’s realistic for a teenager. The author was a teenager when he was writing the book, so it does feel quite authentic and Jasper feels like a character that teenagers could relate to.

I think if you’re going to read this book, you definitely need to keep an open mind. It could easily offend a lot of people with its subject matter.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! (A very tentative yes though. It’s a very rude book, so definitely 18+)

Reading next:
The Husband’s Secret- Liane Moriarty

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