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Dear Life, You Suck

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  812 ratings  ·  149 reviews
“The shrinkadinks think I have a screw loose. Ain’t playing with a full deck. Whacked-out wiring. Missing marbles.”

Irreverent, foulmouthed seventeen-year-old Cricket is the oldest ward in a Catholic boys’ home in Maine—and his life sucks. With prospects for the future that range from professional fighter to professional drug dealer, he seems doomed to a life of “criminal
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Emily May

Do you ever find yourself reading a book and thinking that you would probably have enjoyed it a lot more if you hadn't already read something that does the same thing but much better? That's how I felt for the majority of Dear Life, You Suck. It's a teen "problem novel" that attempts to be funny whilst at the same time delivering an important tale about the life of someone in an unfortunate situation. While I enjoyed it for the most part, I still find myself wanting to point people towards T
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Cricket Cherpin (seriously) has lived in an orphanage ran by nuns for the past 8 years. Now 8 months away from timing out of the system, he is contemplating his future. Cricket sees three options for himself: (1) move up from being an assistant to his drug-dealing best friend to being a full-fledged dealer himself; (2) take all of his mentor, “Caretaker’s”, training and start boxing for money; or (3) step off a cliff.

If you fall into
Christina Wilder
Jan 22, 2014 Christina Wilder marked it as dnf
I could barely get past the first page with the godawful slang and homophobic slurs. A glance at later pages showed that neither of those things improved, so I gave up on this one.
If the title isn't enough to convince you to pick this book up, then this might not be the book for you. But trust me: you're missing out on a real gem. Scott Blagden's debut novel DEAR LIFE, YOU SUCK is the story of Cricket, who is about to age out of the boys' home he lives in.

Cricket is an amazing narrator. His voice is absolutely absorbing, and plot relevant! He's definitely a teenager, and shoots himself in the foot sometimes. (I absolutely adored one scene where he realizes his actions cau
I didn't enjoy this book for 2 reasons: the lack of an original story line, and the writing style/voice of the main character.

I felt overall that this story has been told a million times: Boy that grew up on the wrong side of the tracks falls for the popular girl, has a heart of gold, but only knows how to use violent behavior. Boy finds out he's good at something and that there's more to life than what his rough upbringing has shown him. This book is basically a modern day retelling of The Out
Karen Rock
Scott Blagden’s breakout YA contemporary novel Dear Life, You Suck, will punch you in the gut as much as it tugs at your heart strings. Its wise-cracking protagonist, Cricket Cherpin, is a streetwise orphan who questions the life he’s been given: parents who cared more about drugs than him and a misunderstood, hard knocks life growing up in a Catholic orphanage in Maine.

His first step towards making sense of it all is an English assignment in which he’s asked to draft a letter to someone he’s h
There’s something to be said for reading a contemporary book that it seems hasn’t yet been widely reviewed by other book bloggers. I feel a bit like an explorer right now. Dear Life, You Suck is a debut novel by Scott Blagden. Set in Maine, Dear Life, You Suck follows Cricket Cherpin who has a depressing back story and a not-so bright future. When a new girl steps into Cricket’s life, he realizes that it does not have to ‘suck’, that in fact there might just be happiness in store for him despite ...more
Nenia Campbell
You can read more reviews at my blog, The Armchair Librarian.

Dear Book, You Tried.

I was macking on You-Got-Netgalley, trolling for some bookalicious booty, and came across this eye-poppin' cover. Ain't got no space on my TBR list, but I don't give a shit 'cause I'm a bad-ass and use double-negatives and swears and bib-boppy-Bill-Cosby-made-up slang. So suck it.

The main man, Cricket, is a total Debbie-douchebag. Jimminy here, he doesn't have a conscience and he has a Robin Hood ass-kick the stro
Well Cricket manager to get a goofy grin on my face more than once :)
Sue Wargo
As the back of the book states, "Cricket Cherpin's life sucks." This is one of the most engaging books I've read in ages. I am a HS librarian and this was an ARC I got at a book show. I was blown away by how authentic, tragic, yet comedic that Cricket is through out the book. Cricket lives in a group home in the middle of rural Maine. His house mother is a nun with an attitude wrapped up in her religious habit. She seems hell bent on keeping Cricket and the younger children in her charge on the ...more

Scott Blagden has created a snarky, cynical and irreverent voice with Cricket Cherpin. He has been living in an orphanage run by nuns for the greater part of his childhood and is now on the verge of turning 18. As his 18th birthday nears, Cricket must make some life decisions. Unfortunately, the only thing he is good at is using his fists. His past has left him full of guilt and a wall around his heart. It isn’t until an interest of a girl and a near fatal accident that Cricket finally realizes
Nicholas May
I read alot of books. I mean, ALOT of books. But it's rare that I want to start a book over the second I read the last word of the last page. Cricket Cherpin, he of the cursedly unfortunate name and infinite sarcasm, struck such a chord with me personally that I wish I could give more than 5 stars.

He is infinitely flawed. Damaged physically and emotionally. Yet, he stands up for what he believes in. He stands as protector for those that are too weak to do so themselves. He does it all while bein
Kelly Hager
I wanted so badly to love this book and I just couldn't do it.

I will admit that part of this problem is likely the fact that I am neither a teenager nor a boy, so instead of finding Cricket clever, I mostly just found him obnoxious.

But then he'd do something completely sweet and I would like him...but then he'd go out of his way to be an even bigger creep than before, so then I'd hate him again.

To be fair, I know a lot of it has to do with his backstory (two awful parents and a dead little brot
Sarcastic and funny.

"Sometimes I wish I could open my mouth and free the untamed swarm of thoughts buzzing around in my head." (page 93)
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Feb 28, 2015 ☁Ginjer the ninja☁ rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of spectacular now, catcher in the rye
Recommended to ☁Ginjer the ninja☁ by: Aria
Dear Life, You Suck is a young adult novel following the ups and downs of teenager Cricket Cherpin. Cherpin is everything you expect on the outside and nothing on the inside. His penchant for getting into bloody, messy fights is only scratching the surface of a fierce impulse to protect the unprotected whilst his ability to imagine and create anything from ridiculous words to unlikely situations and then on to incredible bedtime stories just showcases a young lad’s potential that he will never n ...more
Lexie Piepmeier
Cricket Cherpin has had a bad past. Before moving to the middle-of-nowhere Maine, he grew up in Boston with drug-dealing parents who didn't defend him in fights and basically didn't care about him all that much. Now he is almost 18 years old, a senior in high school. Cricket starts thinking about what he wants to do after high school since he is not allowed to stay at the boys' orphanage he currently lives in after high school. It seems his only two options are professional fighting or drug-deal ...more
De'andre Salters
The beginning it the book was very good , beacuse it grabbed my attention as soon as I picked it up. As Cricket was entering school he was already in troble from something he did in the past. that grabs you attention because you don't know what happened before and you have to read to find that out. After reading more I still felt satisfied with reading the store it's a really nice book and Iiked it.

The middle didn't grab my attention as much as the beginning did because he didn't do much but
I loved Cricket's voice and his soft spot for the Little Ones. One of my students, who is not a big reader, spurred me to read this book because he really liked it. Now he comes back and wants another book like it and I'm coming up empty, though he took out Son of the Mob.

Cricket Chirpin has spent the last 8 years of his life in the Prison as he calls it, the Naskeag Home for Boys, an orphanage. How he wound up there with the Sisters of Mercy (I think) unfolds slowly as the book progresses. Cri
This one is a bit out of the genres I usually read but I decided to give it a try because the title was interesting :D

It wasn't disappointing... but it wasn't the greatest book I've read either. I'm not a huge fan of profanity (and rarely if ever use it) so that was one major turn off. But, if you're trying to represent how kids speak lately maybe it can represent some of them?

As far as the story goes, a kid with problems and how he finds a way to keep living through life and be better? It's pre
Sally Kruger
Cricket Cherpin will be eighteen in a few months, and as far as he can figure, his only options for the future will be dealing drugs or fighting competitively. Having lived in a group home for orphans for the last eight years, his only "family" are a bunch of nuns and a passel of younger orphans. As far as Cricket is concerned, his life sucks.

Tormented by a bully in his small school, Cricket vows to protect the Little Ones he considers to be his responsibility. Using his fists to fight against h
Laila Rayza
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"I'm like an eclipse. Not safe to stare directly into."
Reign Robles
I've read a lot of books-if you'd count the books from The Bible-and this is THE FIRST STORY THAT HAS MADE ME CRY. There's something about this book that hits my strings.

To be completely candid, I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to utter swears. Swears push a red button in me that I always try to keep under control, and Cricket did push that button in me. I hated his attitude, but I kept on reading. I just like hating a person then suddenly learning something about that person that makes
Evánder De Aquino

El título fue lo que me hizo coger el libro del estante, la verdad. Aunque me parecía bastante darks y emo o así, al leer la sinopsis me llamó aún más la atención.

Comenzó, quizá falto de una introducción más completa, aunque lo armas casi al final, con las revelaciones de Cricket. Pero de ahí prosiguió de modo que no me di cuenta y en tres horas ya lo había terminado. El personaje es algo complejo de entender al principio, con todos sus comentarios de la religión, la Virgen María y Dios (que
Twyla Meeus
Absolutely loved this book. Every bit of it. From the start, I loved Cricket and now that I have read his story, I will love him forever. So here's to you Cricket, another person that loves you.
An emotional rollercoaster. The humor, the sadness, the sadness with a cynical approach, the happy sadness, it's simply perfect.
Usually I can predict the ending of books but this one had some very nice curves that made me laugh, cry and cry and laugh together.
The last 50 pages had me crying so much... My
I think Cricket is one of my favorite characters of 2013. I either had a smile on my face or a lump in my throat. I loved the relationship between he and Mother Mary, and also his relationship with the Little Ones. The last two 'Dear Life' letters he wrote tugged at my heart. The ending was wonderful!
Ariella Ram
Such poor vocabulary that it was absolutely brilliant and hilarious. Maybe not so appropriate to all my friends out there on goodreads but the title grabbed me and the book just pulled me into this world. Definitely a book I couldn't put down.
Montserrat Luna
I didn't actually make it till the end... Reason: I never cared enough about the characters and what they do.
"Dear Life, You Suck" is the Story of Cricket. He lives in a boys' home, and he's about to turn 18. He's actually a nice young man but he's a little violent, but always in defense of the little ones. He's in love with the popular girl. He has a rough past.
I've read this plot a hundred times and watched movies and TV shows with the same storyline another hundred. It's done. Not interesti
I loved this book! Absolutely Loved! I think I fell a little in love with Cricket Cherpin. I laughed a lot and loved his old movie lines. He is a character that you cannot help but like and root for.
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“Dear Life,
I want out.
See you on the flipside.

“God punishing people for being good. God loving some people more than others. God asking fathers to kill their kids as proof of their faith. God giving kings special powers so they can slaughter entire nations. God not jumping in when His own kid get murdered. That's some crazy shit If that's the God they want me to believe in, no thank you. Ship me off to Hell right now so I can toss back a cold one with the zillion other people God never tortured with His infinite kindness.” 5 likes
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