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Spud-The Madness Continues (Spud #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,348 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
The record-breaking, bestselling sequel to Spud!

It?s 1991, and John ?Spud? Milton?s journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail?s pace. Nearly fifteen, Spud?s starting his second year at boarding school and?to his utter mortification?he?s still a spud!

To make things worse, his dorm mates, the legendary Crazy Eight, have an unusual new member (Roger the cat), an

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Razorbill
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Sara
Sep 03, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Holy heck. You're going to need to pause frequently so you can ease the diaphragmatic cramps from laughing. The casual violence (we went to breakfast, threw a first-year in the fountain, then went to rugby practice), the borderline alcoholism, the general shiftiness of all characters involved, and the deep and abiding love they have for each other is not only worth reading, it's a study in humanity. Somehow, even the "bonkers" characters are well-rounded, managing to be both tragic and hilarious ...more
Mariaan
Sep 04, 2013 Mariaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilove the spud books, although I have heard the 1st two are the best. I never went to a boarding school, so a glimpse at how it was in the 80's really gave me a good giggle. I loved all the characters.

It's 1991, and John "Spud" Milton's journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail's pace. Nearly fifteen, Spud's starting his second year at boarding school and, to his utter mortification, he's still a spud

I loved all his trouble with women and off course his parents and Wombat stole the
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BrocheAroe
In Spud: The Madness Continues, the madness of the Crazy Seven (Seven due to a loss of one boy in Spud; then Eight, when a new boy comes; then Seven, when the new boy leaves; then Eight, when they induct Roger the Cat as an official member; then Six, when two of the boys get expelled; then Seven, when one of the boys gets back) really does continue. Spud is going to turn 15 during this year, is no longer in his first trembling year at the school, and has high hopes for both ball dropping and hai ...more
Kbryna
Jun 02, 2011 Kbryna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
five stars because it made me laugh out loud, repeatedly, in public. I was reading it while eating at a denny's (my power was out so no cooking for me), and kept laughing so much that a man asked me if the book was really that good. He then inquired if the book "was like television, only in book form?" This is a question for which I have to answer. But I certainly did laugh my face off while reading it.
Wanda Hartzenberg
I absolutely adore this series. Spud and Wombat, the tension between Wombat and Spuds dad, the entire series makes me laugh out loud and even cry. I am soooo sad the series has come to an end but I am hoping that John van de Ruit is not done writing popular fiction
Raeleen Lemay
May 23, 2011 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Exit. Pursued by a bear!
Emi
May 09, 2011 Emi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i bloody love the Spud books. :)

i don't really know how to compare this to the first one, whether it's better or not or if it's similar. it definitely carries on the same humour and with the same format as before. once again, Spud is tagging along with the Crazy Eight (now including Roger) and waiting for his balls to drop.

actually, i think this book developed and showed a lot more character and growth than the previous. this one seems to get a little more serious, which is suitable as Spud is
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Julie
The year is 1991, and Spud Milton's long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen and still with no signs of the much anticipated ball-drop, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother hell-bent on emigrating, a father making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine, and a demented grandmother called Wombat, the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more ...more
Amanda Patterson
Dec 05, 2009 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that every reader in South Africa has been waiting for. Will it be as good as the first one?
John Milton, aka Spud, returns to school. He approaches his 15th birthday, losing his girlfriend, The Mermaid, and acquiring another, Amanda. As if that isn’t enough, his mother decides that the family is emigrating. van de Ruit writes about my favourite character - his almost senile grandmother, The Wombat, with compassion, humour and style.
The Crazy 8 torment the new boys, struggle wit
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Diane V-R
Sep 19, 2010 Diane V-R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowing
The year is 1991, and Spud Milton's long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen and still with no signs of the much anticipated ball-drop, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother hell-bent on emigrating, a father making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine, and a demented grandmother called Wombat, the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more ...more
Riana
May 05, 2014 Riana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Spud Milton returns for his second year of boarding school at Michaelhouse. Thus follows another diary recording details of crazy cubicle mates, disturbing dorm room violence, legendary tree houses, a deranged grandmother and numerous other bizarrenesses. This year there is a whole new dormitory full of first years that are now at the bottom of the pecking order. Unfortunately, it seems that the torment from the new matrics is going to be much tougher than the previous year.

After reading t
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Nate
May 10, 2010 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Spud, who lives in South Africa, returns to his boarding school for his second year. He is part of a gang called the crazy eight that make alot of pranks and funny jokes. By the second year the crazy eight is the most popular dorme in the school and was the most desired room to change in to. The crazy eight consists of Rambo, Vern, Simon, Boggo, Fatty, Roger, Mad Dog and Spud.
In the second book you learn more about the crazy eight and their antics which i can relate to of the anti
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Katie
May 07, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
Spud: The Madness Continues is just as funny as the first book chronicling Spud’s adventures at boarding school, and this time, his vacation to London with his parents and crazy grandma Wombat. Spud writes with an honest voice, but so many things he experiences seem to be impossible! I suppose it may be harder for me to relate to the physical bullying because I am a girl, but all of Spud’s other concerns are easy to empathize with: mean teachers, crazy family members, breaking up with someone yo ...more
Ron Bajrami
Nov 02, 2009 Ron Bajrami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-8-ir-books
Spud: The Madness Continues, is about a boy named John Milton (Spud) who lives in south africa, and goes to a boarding school. He is part of a gang called the Crazy Eights, and is popular. The main character is John and he is the narator in the story. The setting is in Durban, South Africa. John's main internal conflict is him being called a spud, he wants to have puberty so he wont be called spud anymore. His main external is him being called spud, he sometimes gets bullied on, and he gets emot ...more
Travispug
Jul 01, 2013 Travispug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this one even faster than the first. The same slapstick/loony behavior is still here but now balanced with more serious moments. Spud is growing up after all and life only gets a little more hectic as you grow up. Love, friendship, identity all become more important here. The crazy eight are back in full blast here with more chaotic mischief and off-kilter camaraderie. Now that you got to know them in the first book you're now eagerly reading on to see what mindless shenanigans they come up ...more
Fluffy
Sep 21, 2016 Fluffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, young-adult
The madness really does continue!

This book flows straight from the last, not missing a beat. In this one we really get a feel for Spud struggling to identify himself in this madhouse of judgement and expectations. He really is a young boy trying to fit in but be true to himself. We get a great look at his struggles throughout this changing time of his life.

I love the casual use of language that is appropriate to the time and age group and also how it sometimes falls in gradually as he picks it u
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Mark
Jun 17, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a good book that revolves around a limited group of characters and plot premise should rest on its laurels, rather than spawn sequels. Such was my reaction to this sequel to the refreshingly entertaining "Spud", which I enjoyed immensely (as I did the movie). I therefore had a high expectation, but disappointingly, I found it to be just a recycling of the same jokes. In fact, I found the whole book structured like a series of unoriginal skits that became a little repetitive and tedious ...more
Gilbert Patten-Elliott
I decided to read this book because I loved the first one in the series.

This book completes the "Diary, autobiography or biography" category on my bingo board (It's a diary).

This book was just as funny, interesting and superbly written as the first with just a few slightly boring parts.
It's great because there is so much stuff going on in Spud's life which makes the book so funny.

The only problem were that it was very similar to the first book which made it slightly boring in some parts.
It was s
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Sandra Visser
An entertaining, compulsive, uncomplicated read with many laugh-out moments. The first book was quite scattershot and Van de Ruit succeeds in creating a more cohesive narrative this time around. Spud's miraculous success with the ladies is still a little hard to swallow, but all his other mishaps and bad luck make him a character to sympathise with. And his naivety and need to be a good person endears him to the reader. There's more cameraderie and less nastiness among the Crazy Eight but Gecko' ...more
Alibiserver
The Madness Continues is virtually an extension of the first book, the tone largely unchanged, but unlike the first book where the atmosphere looms dark at the end, TMC is a darker sequel, much darker than the first one.

Van De Ruit’s humor had not diminished in this instalment; here, we still see quirks from the Crazy Eight, introduction of the new first years, the new matrics, the end of the old era, and shocking revelations. There were other things to keep you entertained, like the trip to Eng
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Shehleen Rasul
Apr 15, 2014 Shehleen Rasul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

So it’s Spud’s second year of high school and, I assure you, it’s crazier than the first. I adored the fact that the gang kept the name The Crazy Eight, despite the Gecko situation. If they started calling themselves ‘The Crazy Seven’ I would have lost it. I am not sure if this book was better than the first or not. It was very funny, and had some plot twists that I should have expected, but didn’t. I also loved how Gecko was mentioned time and time again, it was adorable.

But as always
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Jodi
May 04, 2015 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far one of my favourite books... and I don't say that often.

I got this book for my 17th birthday i really did not expect to enjoy it because it's about a teenage boy whose balls haven't dropped, but next thing I know I'm crying!....with laughter... out loud!!! unable to breathe due to the laughing/crying mess that this book has reduced me to. One of the best birthday presents I've gotten, my favourite out of all the spud books.

My book is looking worse for wear on my book shelf because I've r
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Tiffy
Dec 28, 2008 Tiffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE..but read the first one first
There is alot of funny jokes, funny pranks, and some not so funny punishments, but when it comes down to it. They're still the seven crazy boys(plus a cat) that will not retire there funny crowns just yet. In this book told from John Milton's (a.k.a Spud's) point of view, we grow to love the crazy eight even more than before and with new adventures there is bound to be fun..and just a "hint" of trouble. Some say it is not as good as the first book but I think all the intersting stuff in the seco ...more
Liam Jordan
Feb 21, 2013 Liam Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly. this is the most exciting, emotional and greatest book i have read ever. It is a south african based story, about a group of boys at a boarding school in Pretoria. The main character John Milton ( Spud ) is immature for his age and is new at the school. THe story is about John and his family, John making friends and what adventures they get up to when at the school and boarding house. THis book is perfect for the avergae teenage boy who loves laughing and reading. There is humour, roma ...more
Melissa ♥♫
Aug 15, 2010 Melissa ♥♫ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not quite as good as Spud but i still liked it
i would give it 4.8 stars so i'll round up and give it 5
it was basically a continuation of Spud and if u haven't read it i suggest u read that first (it will tell u all of the characters names and nicknames and also if they have a position ex. housemaster)
if u read Spud a long time ago and don't remember it too well i suggest u re-read it before u read this book
Rebecca
personally i liked the first spud better, but i still liked this one.... and i actually can't remember finishing this book... so my goal is to re-read it. i remember that this book was a lot more personal and dealt with spud and his english teacher's relationship. i recommend reading the first one before reading this one, but you'll be able to pick up if you start here. i am going to order the third one soon.
Lara
Jul 27, 2013 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fic
Some of the Crazy Eight are hard to love. You want so much to love them because they are funny, but they can be so unfathomably cruel! Ii bugged me. Seriously, how does anyone go to this school without developing PTSD? And why does Spud hate Sparerib so much? I thought that the Head of House was pretty nice over the Gecko event, and Spud should have cut him a little slack. He was only trying to help him, after all, I feel like Spud would be smart and empathetic enough to get that.
Joe Clifford
May 12, 2015 Joe Clifford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Joe by: The librarian
It was just as good as the last book. I really liked how it followed on from the first book so well and was not confusing (which i find with a lot of books). It was just as crazy, adventures, funny, romantic and just the whole story on how relatable it is. This is by far the best book/series i have ever read.
Sheena
Feb 18, 2011 Sheena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John van de Ruit's books are the only ones where I find myself laughing out loud unable to control the outburst. But while you are laughing, there are so many things within the stories that make you think. This particular book - the second in the series - is definitely my favourite as Spud has settled down at school but is still trying to find his own unique way and style.
Annabella
May 03, 2009 Annabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as good as the first one, which is also very good! Actually I think the first one may have been a tiny tiny bit better but this one was also really good! This book is the sequel to the book "Spud," about a boy in an all-boys boarding school in South Africa during the apartheid. This book is told through Spud's diary, and is a very funny, good read!
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John Howard van de Ruit is a South African novelist, actor, playwright and producer. He has been a professional actor, playwright and producer since 1998. He was born in Durban and educated at Michaelhouse, where he stayed in Founders House and from where he matriculated in 1993. He then went on to complete a Masters degree in Drama and Performance at the then University of Natal.

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