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I Crawl Through It

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,832 ratings  ·  806 reviews
Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving date rape, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults--and they'll do anything to escape the pressure. They'll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them... until they learn the only way to escape reality is to f ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Dec 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
As I walk, I feel the rift in my cells. I don’t know if everyone can feel their cells. I can feel every one of mine.
China says she can feel her cells. China is my best friend. China is inside out, so I bet she knows more about cells than anyone.

I honestly applaud anyone who can finish this book. Because I couldn't do it. I tried so hard to love it, then just to finish it, but finally my frustration won.

I want you to know that I have often considered A.S. King one of my favourite YA authors.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just. I just really love AS King, everyone.

This was probably her most intensely magical book yet. It was to the point that it was almost verging on fantasy, just because there were SO many stretches of the imagination. Usually there is just one character experiencing the magic, but here there were multiple, and many different types of magic too. I wouldn't recommend this as anyone's first AS King because of how intense it was, but if you've read one of her books and are ready to give yourself
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
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I asked myself that question throughout this whole book. I like this author and don't get me wrong, this book is very well written.
It just makes no sense at all to me.

Four teenagers stories intertwine in this book. Stanzi who sees herself as split in two.

Do you know what a tetragametic chimera is?
We learned about it during a genetics discussion last fall.
It's some crazy thing that happens to you between when you're conceived as cells and when you're a zygote. Somewhere between sperm-meets-e
chan ☆
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, ya-contemporary
i think i understood this book

but that doesn't mean that it really worked for me. i think i did myself a disservice reading Dig by the same author before this one. because i think that one had a very similar method of storytelling with a more clear and concise message.

i understand that this is supposed to be surrealist but ultimately i didn't care about what happened. and if you're going to tell a weird story, i should at least care about the outcome. in Dig there are unexpected twists and truly
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“We could have been so much more, but no one would let us fly.”

What happens when you throw a girl who can split herself in two, another who can swallow herself inside out, a third whose hair grows a foot each time she tells a lie, and a boy who is building an invisible airplane together? Well, you get an A.S. King book. The synopsis for this one was a little . . . off putting (??? for lack of a better term) to me. However, Everybod
Lala BooksandLala
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Straight up, you'll either love this or just not get it. I can see both sides, but AS King is the one for me. This book was everything and surrealist fiction is my new normal. ...more
Elyse  Walters
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Dictionary definition of 'crawl':
1. To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep:
The baby crawled across the floor.
2. To advance slowly, feebly, laboriously, or without frequent stops: We crawled along in traffic so we reached the highway.
3. To proceed or act servilely: she was going to come crawling back to me, eloquently detailing exactly how sorry she was.
4. To be or feel as if swarming or covered with moving things: The accident scene was crawling
I have no idea wtf happened in this book, but I was captivated from the very beginning.

The plot is odd, the characters are strange, and the ending doesn't really explain anything. And somehow all of those same things are reasons why I enjoyed it so much. The writing is weirdly lyrical and only A.S. could create something so jumbled and satisfying.

**Huge thanks to Little Brown and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Jan 23, 2015 added it
Shelves: ya, auto-buy-authors
A new A.S King book. I don't care what it's about; I'll read anything by this woman. Enough said. ...more
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book made me sad.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Edit: 9/21/16

This review is brought to you by random tweets from Jaden Smith's twitter account.

*Me when starting this book*: A.S. King! I'm so excited!

*Me when I'm halfway through the book*: Huh?

*Me when I finished reading the book*: ...What the fuck did I just read????

To The Artist Of This Coming Generation And Of The Renaissance. The People That Truly Understand Your Art are The People Who Don't Comment . -Jaden Smith

Words cannot describe how much I absolutely hated this book. This is by
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A.S. King's upcoming novel, October 2015. At first I thought "departure"--but I think now, it's more EVOLUTION of her style in her earlier realistic novels. Stanzi, China, Lansdale face issues like those that derail Vera, Lucky, Astrid, Glory. The world is still indifferent to their traumas. They are all alone. still. I'm grappling for words to explain the difference: These kids are braver, somehow. They are reaching out for solutions, as surreal as they are. They are not as alone.

Be brave your
catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 2

I Crawl Through It follows several different characters:
Gustav, the boy who is building an invisible helicopter.
China, who has swallowed herself.
Swanzi, who has a split personality.
And Lansdale, who can't stop lying.

This was quite possibly the most bizarre book I've ever read. There definitely is a very meaningful message, but the way it was executed was honestly extremely confusing. I am someone who loves symbolism and metaphors and magical realism, but this one was definitely d
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
I cannot decide if this was the most bizarre or most brilliant book I have ever read. I think it was about some terribly traumatic things that can happen while you're a teen. I think it was about the pressure and stress of growing up in this fast-paced, high pressure world. There may or may not have been an invisible helicopter. It sounds disjointed and unpolished, but I think that was the point. Everything you read here is up for interpretation. This is something that would benefit from multipl ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, surreal
"Love doesn't just show up and disappear. Not real love ... I've known know that some people just show up and don't have any love at all. They just have needs."

Who has love and who is just showing up?

I've never read a novel like this one. I wasn't sure at first if I liked it and was going to finish it, but I kept going and am glad I did. As one of my favorite reviewers on here said (that's you, Elyse Walters!), it's like peeling an onion. I didn't know wtf was going on most of the t
Eden Grey
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
I CRAWL THROUGH IT is the weirdest book I've ever read. Period. Reminiscent of Haruki Murakami's singly unique style, King has delivered yet another standalone masterpiece.

Personally, I have a hard time understanding metaphors in fiction, and I struggle with literary writing. I think this book is brilliant but I don't know quite why. There is a lot being said about an educational system based on standards and testing, and the effects that has on youth. King also has a lot to say about expectati
Cori Reed
It's really a 1.5 stars, but I'll bump it up because maybe I'm just not wired right for this one.

I really have no idea what this book is about. I mean, I see the cases of assault and trauma etc., but all of the overbearing metaphor was completely bizarre. From the helicopter that Stanzi can only see on Tuesdays, to Lansdale whose hair grows when she lies, to the dangerous naked man in the bush who will trade kisses for letters (like, ABC letters, not correspondence) and who also occasionally wil
Wow, the publisher's blurb for this book makes it sound like a chemistry equation:

"Four talented teenagers" + (trauma + "self-absorbed adults") --> "invisible helicopter" --> valuable lesson

It is so not that. Or, if it is, it tells this story in terms that transcend this story's banal facts. What might look like an introverted, humiliated high school senior is in reality a walking digestive system - because that is the reality of humiliation. What looks like a normal high school ticking along da
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 13

I Crawl Through It is already too weird for me. I've really enjoyed/loved the early A. S. King I've read, but it seems to have tipped over even more to the literary such that I don't have a clue what's happening anymore. Probably if I finished, I would understand at least somewhat, but I suspect I wouldn't enjoy the ride.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I normally LOVE A.S. King’s books. I enjoy the weird surrealist or fabulist elements really that work as metaphors to tell a deeper story. However, in this book I felt like it got so weird that I couldn’t tell what the meaning of some things were supposed to be. Maybe that was intentional, but I didn’t like ending the book and feeling like I didn’t totally understand what happened.

Usually with her books there will be some time where things are confusing, but by the end it has all come together
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
From her first novel, THE DUST OF 100 DOGS, A.S. King has been interested in realistic issues but tackled them with fantastic flourishes. With each of her novels, her popularity and critical acclaim have risen. I love that she's taken the opportunity not to do the same thing repeatedly, but to push her work further and further into the edges. I CRAWL THROUGH IT leaps into full surrealism.

The majority of the book is told through the point of view of Stanzi. (Her name isn't Stanzi.) She is split i
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Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though this novel didn't recieve my full five star rating I must say that it is one of my favorite books of 2016 so far! This book is one of the most distinct young adult novels out there. This was certaintly a surrealist novel. I have recently come to gain interest in magical realism, and I thought what better way to start exploring it then reading I Crawl Through it by the best of magical realism stories A.S King!

The character development was surely hard to not see, th
Brigid ✩
Jan 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult
I haven't read anything by A.S. King before, but this sounds really interesting. Also Andrew Smith said on his Facebook page that it's one of the best books he's read in his life. So ... I am intrigued. :) ...more
Dawn Kurtagich
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this novel from my editor, and HOLY SMOKES I am SO glad I did. I continue to be one of the biggest A.S King fans out there. I CRAWL THROUGH IT is David Lynch in book form.

You will love it!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rating and running on this one! Just didn’t get it! I’m planning on seeing her at AWRF this year, I’ve enjoyed 3 of her other books, but this one is baffling and weird.
Tara Gold
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love AS King. Like, auto-buy, stand-in-line-for-hours, always-sing-her-praises kind of love her. Her books have this perfect balance of realistic adolescent frustration, feminism, magical realism, and intelligent characters to please me as a super-picky reader. So when I saw I Crawl Through It on Edelweiss, I downloaded it immediately.

And then I was afraid to touch it for six months. I knew this AS King was a little different and, judging from early reviews, not as accessible as her other book
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to hear A.S. King speak when she visited our Library in August 2015. Eventually, after much fascinating talk, one of the moderators got around to asking her about her newest book, I Crawl Through It. "What's it about?" We all laughed, as we had earlier established how difficult it can be to neatly summarize a King novel. But then King's expression turned serious and she said, "It's about the way teens have to deal, daily, with both intruder drills and standardized tests - and ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
"You are not ovals. You are not letters. You are human beings and every time someone rolls their eyes like your opinion doesn't count, picture me giving them the finger."

I loved this author, always have. Every book I pick up is always my new favorite.

But this one challenged me. It's different and has a definite different vibe. But if you stick with it, the message is still there. The end pulls it all together and let's you in on the big stuff. I like that I struggled with the story and the mag
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I Crawl Through It is an amazing just simply amazing book. I have read a lot of books in my lifetime that has tackled serious issues but none like this. I mean I started reading the book early afternoon and finished it the next afternoon because I could not put it down.

Life as a teen can be crazy but add in a few issues and these four teens find out that life is not over just because you have gone through a trauma. You can get help and you can trust your friends all you have to do is reach out f
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Let me start off by saying this book wasn't for me. I can actually see a lot of people DNFing it because of the lack of sense throughout. I would have given this book a higher rating if at the end it had a discussion and an appendix because I think it needs to be explained and talked about when finished. I would have liked something at the end that says the helicopter represents ___ and the bush man represents____ and so on. The summary says "A surrealist novel about four teenagers.." but I felt ...more
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A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories f ...more

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“Somewhere in every mind is an opening to crawl through.” 14 likes
“We're alive. We have words and shapes and ideas. We will throw them at you when you do not believe. We will throw our love and our hate and our failure and success. We'll split in two right in front of you and be our best and our worst. We'll lie and tell the truth.” 11 likes
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