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Dear Life, You Suck
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
cricket is portrayed perfectly through his impressive descriptive language he uses and how his character shows the deeper side of...more
First Glance:Cricket vents his hatred for God, Jesus Christ and Christians as he weighs his options upon graduating from his Catholic orphanage – professional fighter; drug dealer or suicide.
182 additional profanities (stronger than 'hell' & 'damn')
Underage drinking and drug use
Negative stereotyping of Christians
Verbal assault against Christianity and the Catholic Church
This book is a sacrilegious diatribe. It is an aggre
Told in Cricket’s own unique, and o...more
Cricket is basically an orphan. His parents are druggies who are who knows where. Now living in a home run by nuns, Cricket is less than a year away from being eighteen. Adulthood just around the corner, he’s dealing with all of the usual teen dramas and the added pressures of the life he’s been dealt.
So I probably should have loved this book. Thing is this book just didn’t feel honest to...more
Web site: www.ScottBlagden.com (personalized signed copies of book can be purchased at web site)
Scott Blagden grew up in Foxborough, Massachusetts (Go Patriots!), the middle child of a five-child Brady Bunch fiasco. He moved to Cape Cod twenty years ago to be near the ocean.
Scott is mostly self-taught, his college career cut short by a practical joke...more
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