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Grow Up

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  2,227 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
Who says youth is wasted on the young?

One thing I have learned from being alive for seventeen years is that people like to touch things very much.

Things that people like to touch: Vaginas. Expensive things in shops. Jelly that is not ready to eat yet. Cigarette lighters. Necks. Dead Things. Dogs. Piercings. Toddlers' cheeks. Each other's knees.

People also like to touch de
Paperback, 260 pages
Published 2011 by Canongate Books
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Aug 21, 2012 Tobi rated it really liked it
20 year old Ben Brooks wrote this book about being a teenager in England when he was 17.

His mastery of the novel is stunning. The writing is fucking amazing.

His vivid depiction of sex, violence, confusion & drugs rules!

Jasper is very funny and insightful and totally mixed up all at once, like a real person. Half genius half idiot.

Grow Up is entertaining and moving. Disturbing and hilarious. Like being a kid. This English perspective on teenager-dom is existential and fraught and tangled a
Jackson Nieuwland
Sep 02, 2011 Jackson Nieuwland rated it really liked it
Conversations I had about this book:

me: im reading grow up
seems pretty good

spencer: i read like the first several pages
seemed engaging
been meaning to order it
seems like i'd have an unfair bias
like "who the fuck... does this guy think he is ..." re him being my age

me: yeah. seems really bleak that he's younger than me and already has multiple books

spencer: ya
and is also like
seemingly healthy

me: yeah

spencer: god damn it
ben brooks wtf

me: its because of his alliterati
Lydia Presley
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 and alcohol that I don't know how to talk about it on the blog.. because I actually enjoyed it."

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 teenage
Jul 13, 2011 A.M. rated it liked it
Recommended to A.M. by: Debbo
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
This book is weird. Not good weird or bad weird, just weird.

It's a snapshot of today's hedonistic youth: taking drugs, attending parties, getting laid, acting as if they'll be young forever with barely a thought given to the future. (If you've watched the TV series Skins, you'll have a fairly good idea what this book is like.)

It's also a meta-literary exploration of self. While I'm not a fan of metafiction, Ben Brooks somehow manages to pull it off; his writing is simple, his imagery effortless
Rebecca McNutt
This book's excessive uses of vulgar words and crude humor make it impossible to enjoy reading. I'm sure many 7th grade boys would love to own a copy of Grow Up, but personally I found the constant pervy sex jokes to be more annoying than anything else. The main character was a self-absorbed immature little creep who is near-impossible to care about or even like, and the writing style of Grow Up was void of any imagery or originality.
Aug 19, 2012 Vasileios rated it it was ok

Ένα σύγχρονο βιβλίο ενηλικίωσης

Πώς είναι να είσαι συγγραφέας στα 16 σου; Ο Ben Brooks ξεχώρισε με το Grow up, το πρώτο του βιβλίο που έγραψε μετά από ένα πολύ μεγάλο μεθύσι του και αποτελεί ένα βιβλίο ενηλικίωσης. Ακολούθησαν πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες κριτικές και στη συνέχεια κυκλοφόρησε το βιβλίο του Lolito. Και τα δύο δεν έχουν κυκλοφορήσει ακόμη στα ελληνικά.

Τι συμβαίνει στο βιβλίο αυτό; Ο Ben Brooks με το alter ego του, τον Jasper που είναι ο κεντρικός χαρακ
Jun 15, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
I don't know Ben Brooks 'personally.' We are 'facebook friends.' What I know is that 1) Ben Brooks is a very good writer, especially for being so young 2) Ben Brooks has really nice eyebrows 3) Ben Brooks once gave me a $25 gift card to Starbucks via Facebook on my birthday & I a. not sure if it was a mistake, but that was pretty neat. ANYWAY - THE BOOK - GROW UP - READ IT. Read it before 'Lolito' comes out later this year. I am going to love that book most likely because the subject materia ...more
May 14, 2012 Natalie rated it liked it
i liked reading this book
one of my friends said seems like this is 'just about sex and drugs'

ben said 'this is 99% descriptive of my life'
feel like there is more to him than that [via irl conversation]
which makes me feel that he is conscious of the way he chooses to portray jasper
i think that is important to remember and is why it shouldn't be dismissed at first read

interesting again to think of the relation between text produced and person who produced text

laughed re post-its that his mom made
Mar 05, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
“Grow Up is the ultimate twenty-first-century coming-of-age novel.”


Not quite.

It did get entertaining at points, even funny and sometimes even inappropriate/ decidedly slightly non-PC. All that, plus the sex and drugs. Loads of sex . Loads of drugs. Then again this tale is one told by a certain Jasper yet another person likes mucking about. His day is made if his gotten high, had a drink (or two, but better if more) then made head way with one of the opposite sex. Though not necessaril
Beth O'brien
Mar 06, 2014 Beth O'brien rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! Had me laughing from beginning to end. As an 18 year old myself I connected with the book a lot, however this book obviously isn't for younger readers. I bought the book because I liked the look of the front cover, I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case the great cover reflected a great book. I started reading this book knowing absolutely nothing about it, so I didn't really know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, and it's easily one ...more
Dec 24, 2013 Sergsab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este tipo, nacido en 1992, es la promesa de un genio genuino y gamberro. El hijo necesario entre Palahniuk y Amis. Una voz generacional nueva, signifique eso lo que sea que signifique. Lo absurdo y la anomia vistos con un humor muy negro. Este libro es una orden de alejamiento entre aquello que no queremos ser y todo aquello que nos han prometido.

Ojalá crezca sin torcerse. Ojalá tenga este chico más cosas que contar. Ojalá se salve de sí mismo. O que se tuerza. O que cuente lo mismo. O que no s
Mientras Leo
May 07, 2016 Mientras Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El placer de una lectura gamberra pero en muchos puntos necesaria para no olvidar por dónde se pasa
kaylen camacho
Apr 15, 2017 kaylen camacho rated it liked it
Feb 15, 2015 Zack rated it it was ok
Jasper truly has a lot on his plate. His mother forces him to make schedules about everything, his therapist wants him to open up but he can't help but continue to feed her ridiculous lies and he might be about to father after making the mistake of having a one night stand. Oh, and he's definitely convinced his stepfather actually murdered his ex-wife; and is planning to murder Jasper's mum, and possibly even Jasper to make sure there are no witnesses.

He has a plan though. A plan for each of the
John Morris
Jun 28, 2013 John Morris rated it did not like it
Firstly, congratulations to Ben Brooks for writing a novel so young, at 17. That in itself is a mighty accomplishment. It's such a shame the book is tedious, irritating and dull.

Characters are one dimensional. They are simply vapid, void of something that the audience can connect to. I'm twenty, only three years older than these characters and I can find nothing. The narrator, Jasper, is a 17 year old teenager engages in drugs, sexual acts, and visits chat rooms to jack off. But instead of bein
Jun 25, 2012 Evk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-r, 2012
Edit: Knihu jsem četla podruhé a tentokrát bych ji ohodnotila ještě daleko lépe. Asi na 4,5 hvězdičky. Je to provokativní, vtipné a kontroverzní čtení, které bych rozhodně nedoporučila všem. (13. 6. 2013)

Zásadní otázka, které mě napadá při pohledu na seznam knih Bena Brookse: Je ten kluk grafoman nebo spisovatel?
Po přečtení knihy Dospěj! je mi jasný, že je to skvělý spisovatel se zajímavým úderným stylem. Miluju jeho krátký věty. Jeho postava je mladý kluk, který experimentuje s drogama a sexem
Feb 07, 2017 Alex rated it did not like it
This book literally ends with the main character raping someone. Then he continues on his life like it wasn't a problem, and even stating "If I end up in court, I will just cry until they let me go home" while all the other characters tell him it didn't matter. This entire book is very crude and quite offensive and I am really annoyed it has such high ratings. The drug use and strong language weren't issues for me. The way this 17 year old, and nearly everyone who has rated this book, treat cons ...more
Jen Campbell
Dec 31, 2012 Jen Campbell rated it it was amazing
'One thing I have learned from being alive for seventeen years is that people like to touch things very much. Things that people like to touch: Vaginas. Expensive things in shops. Jelly that is not ready to eat yet. Cigarette lighters. Necks. Dead things. Dogs. Piercings. Toddlers' cheeks. Snow. Each other's knees.

People also like to touch death.'

This book is hilarious. It's also very dark, and has beautiful language, and has wonderful relationships, too. Meet Jasper. He's very anxious. He goes
Aug 17, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
I didn't really know quite what to expect from this book upon starting it, but it instantly drew me in. I had seen a lot of negative reviews on this book with comments such as 'it's just about sex and drugs.' I disagree. Granted it is a book that involves a lot of sex, and a lot of substances. However, for me the book had a lot more than that. For one it was extremely funny. Very few books make me laugh out loud, but this was 100% laugh-out-loud-funny in places. I also love how it was written. T ...more
Nick Nyquist
Dec 30, 2014 Nick Nyquist rated it it was amazing
Like The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, many people will say that this is a stupid book where nothing happens. Which is true; not much happens. But that's what's amazing about it.

Through these little, drug filled, events, Jasper doesn't grow all too much or think about things in a more enlightened way. I don't relate to him at all, but he's interesting. Like most teenagers, he thinks about the future only in quiet moments when the night seems to have come to a close. His decisions and
Jul 05, 2011 Meikoyim rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
His work isn't deep, granted. But the author is 18.

People (readers and critics alike) seem to forget that, they demand Charles Dickens out of him just because he's published. He is a teenager, and although young, his writing is better than a lot of adults ever will be. Give him time.

The book is not sophisticated, it's a very simple story about a teenage boy and drugs and sex and what's going through their head at that age. But I was often pleasantly surprised by choice of wording and sentences
Apr 19, 2012 buppyspek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young men with ADD
**Received this book as part of a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.**

I don't think I really understood this book. I read it quickly, partly while I was on vacation. However, the protagonist, Jasper, is half my age, lives on the other side of the world, and is the opposite gender from me, so I think the problem might have something to do with a difficulty relating to him. Also, I didn't like him. He really came off as a horrible human being.

There was no point, only a vague outline of a plot, and so
Jan 09, 2014 Jos rated it did not like it
felt like an apology for date rapists, ironic racists, etc, all with a self-awareness that was meant to justify its fucked-up-ness. kept thinking 'i don't think i've disliked a protagonist this much since...' but then could never think of a protagonist this dislikeable and i still can't. seems fine. seems like one could describe this as a 'cautionary tale' but felt like the book tried to be indicative of something more than 'oh god don't do it' tho that felt like the only equitable reaction / ta ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Vojtěch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, top-2016
Věty, které přesně vystihují celou knihu. Knihu, jež je částečně o dospívání a hledání sebe sama. O přátelství a strastech, které přátelství přináší. O vztazích a sexu, který je se vztahy spojený. O drogách a úletech, které požívání drog způsobují. O touze si zašukat, podvádět a užít si život plnými doušky. Celý Jasperův příběh je jedna velká jízda - a minimálně nemám vůbec chuť dospět.
Jun 28, 2012 Isobel rated it it was ok
I think I thought Jasper was the sort of boy I would fancy for a bit before realising he was an idiot. He was an idiot. I don't like the short blunt sentences the book is written in, you know, reminiscent of The Curious Incident or The Perks or Submarine, where it feels like you're supposed to question if they're autistic. I don't know if that comes from Catcher In The Rye cos I haven't read it yet but it feels like it might. It's alright. I just wanted to get stuck into a novel again.
Mel Bosworth
Oct 19, 2011 Mel Bosworth rated it really liked it
An energetic look at the 'internet generation.' A fast, funny, sometimes heartfelt tale of a young man's struggles with love, lust, drugs, and his mother's love interest/maybe murderer. Eighteen-year-old Ben Brooks throws a punch and lands it. He's got more guts and focus (and better instincts) than writers ten years his elder.
Stacy Fetters
Aug 16, 2015 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasper thinks his mums husband is a murderer, his best friends are drug infused sex crazed teens and he wants to have sex with Georgia. In his mind, the hottest girl.
Original ideas and brillant language leads to a hilarious twisted tale of teenage debauchery.
Certain parts you cringe at laughing at, but well worth the trip to hell.
Sep 05, 2011 Ben rated it liked it
It's quite funny, not that weird and very similar to Catcher in the Rye (except it's funny). Tells you what school would have been like if you were in the in crowd. Makes you a bit jealous if you weren't and you missed the mephadrone buzz but chin up, it's never too late to start using drugs and having casual sex. It is not the deepest book you will ever read but is good fun and a fast read.
Jul 07, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it
Dear Ben Brooks,

I have been writing for twelve years, yet don't have a shred of your skill and insight. Your novel reads like an autobiography pretending to be an episode of 'Skins', but I found it disgustingly funny and couldn't put it down.

You have no business being so young and clever. Go f*** yourself.



P.S. Can we be best friends?
Conner Panaro
Aug 07, 2011 Conner Panaro rated it really liked it
Wow. This book made me laugh so much. The inappropriateness of the protagonist is profound!
Although the book it's self doesn't have one major story lines that grips you, it has so much flare that you don't want to put it down. Ben Brooks for someone at such a young age is a brilliant writer.
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