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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,131 ratings  ·  176 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
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it

2.5
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
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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
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Liviania
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Karen Rock
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: silver-lining
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
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Kristin
May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen-fiction
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
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April
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Melissa
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Well Cricket manager to get a goofy grin on my face more than once :)
Jessica
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-favorites

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
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Sue Wargo
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Nicholas May
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Kelly Hager
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Brett Casellini
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cricket Cherapin grew up in an orphanage in Maine, United States. Grown up without parents life was tough for cricket going from school to school being kicked out of most of them. Cricket with a dark past and less than a year until his 18th birthday, tries to figure things out with prospects that range from a professional fighter to a drug dealer. With things starting to become worse Cricket starts to think about taking a "cliff dive into the great unknown," but then Wynona Bidaban steps into hi ...more
Lorrie
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
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Christy
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Andrei Mocanu
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The lack of an original story doesn't matter so much when the book makes you laugh every step of the way. Predictable, with too much sentimental bs at times, but definitely one of the funniest I've ever read.
Ricky
Where do books like this come from? Can anyone answer me that? Huh?
Suzanne
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)
☁Ginjer the ninja☁
Feb 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of spectacular now, catcher in the rye
Recommended to ☁Ginjer the ninja☁ by: Aria
NO. JUST... NO.
Dayna J.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I'm like an eclipse. Not safe to stare directly into."
Koon
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It’s about our roughed up orphan, Cricket, trying to make his life through high school. Since he is the only 17 year old kid at the orphanage he doesn’t have many friends, drinks, does some drugs, and gets in fights constantly. The only thing he has closest to parents is the head of the orphanage, Mother Mary and the Caretaker of the orphanage. The main plot starts to escalate when he sees some of the other orphans being bullied by the main football jock. Cricket ends the fig ...more
Tiffany Rodriguez
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dysfunctional foster kid named Cricket believes life sucks , in particular, his. Cricket has no idea what hes going to do in the future , all he knows is hes good at fighting . He believes he has 3 options , boxing , dealing drugs , or committing suicide . When he meets Wynona , he starts becoming curious about his future , shes with a jock who's a bully but yet she has a sudden interest for Cricket . When he fights her boyfriend for messing with one of is foster room mates , she believes hes ...more
Stephanie Barrow
A True Wordsmith

I truly love his use of vocabulary, and the way he twists the words to convey what’s on the character’s minds.
I’m not sure exactly what I expected from this story, but I loved every word written.
I would recommend this story for anyone who wants to lose themselves with a band of lovable characters, that takes you through one tough life to a realization of a better future.
Jenifer Dugdale
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2, really (why don't they let you do 1/2 stars on this?). Better than I thought it would be. Ending wasn't my favorite--a little contrived for a didactic reason?--but overall, I'll recommend it to my students.
Stephanie
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting, compelling, touching, and at times laugh out loud funny. It read more like a stream of consciousness than anything else.

There wasn't a big plot; it was more like the main character, Cricket, was learning to grow up in his own way.
Hope
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER if you a young teen like me your gonna love this book i wish there was more to it but it was amazing!!!!!
Sandstorm88
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cricket Cherpin is by far one of the most memorable characters I've ever read about!
Jamie
May 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Not finishing this. It's a mess.
Ash
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
No plot and unsatisfactory!
Loren Herbert
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book pretty deep.
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Scott Blagden enjoys ice skating, ice fishing, and ice sculpting. He manages a mammal-free zoo in Świętochłowice, Poland.
“Dear Life,
You SUCK!
I want out.
See you on the flipside.

Sincerely,
Cricket”
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“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.” 6 likes
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