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3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,924 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
In this bawdy, raucous, and unabashedly frank novel, youth is certainly not wasted on the youngHailed 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.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 21, 2012 Tobi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2013 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Three things I enjoy most in a novel:
Shock Value.
Well Developed Characters.
An Extensive Vocabulary.

This story featured all of these, and seemed to me like a Palahniuk - ish coming of age novel. The fact that it was written by a boy who was still growing into himself was interesting as well as impressive.
In the beginning of the novel, Jasper talks about how his mother likes him to write down a schedule every morning. Throughout the novel, it's written like you're going through his schedule with
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
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.
Jul 14, 2011 A.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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

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 16, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 08, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Beth O'brien
Mar 06, 2014 Beth O'brien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2015 Latham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i promise you won't understand it.

i promise you'll understand it.
Feb 19, 2016 Zack rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Nick Nyquist
Dec 31, 2014 Nick Nyquist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2013 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
Aug 30, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jen Campbell
Jan 04, 2013 Jen Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Jul 07, 2011 Meikoyim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
John Morris
Jun 30, 2013 John Morris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2012 buppyspek rated it it was ok
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
Stacy Fetters
Aug 17, 2015 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it
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.
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.
I wasn't really that keen on this book. I really started to hate Jasper (the main character), there was no real story line and no twists/shocks/pick ups in the story line. Quite a flat story line.

A lot of drugs, sex, violence, language etc. which wasn't a problem for me but I imagine it could be to younger readers.

I couldn't stand the way Jasper spoke in the book, very short, obvious sentences such as: I talked to her. She was upset. I didn't like it when she was upset. He seemed cold, heartless
May 12, 2012 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 15, 2014 Komal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because the picture of a happy skeleton caught my eye and i found it quite appealing.
I liked this book because I could relate to it quite well and it was about teenagers and how they live and all the small details explained in this book made sense, it was a very humorous book.
Jasper in this book is a boy that thinks differently from others, he gets himself into trouble without caring about consequences he does this for the short term joys. What I disliked in this bo
Jul 07, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Mel Bosworth
Nov 01, 2011 Mel Bosworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Conner Panaro
Aug 13, 2011 Conner Panaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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