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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  90 reviews
The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family's maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-fi ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Dutton Books For Young Readers
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Emily May
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Wish I could have raised you in a place where the history books don't lie, but pretty much all history books lie."

I broke my usual habit of reading books in a couple of days with Dig. I actually spent over a week dipping in and out of it while my family visited. And, strangely, I think it was the right decision for this book. It's a tough read in multiple ways. It's an uncomfortable, ugly read about multi-generational racism and the far-reaching consequences of hate and abuse - among other th
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-anticipated
And this is why Amy is my favourite author. Dig is just so perfect and my exact brand of weird; I feel like it was written just for me.
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As it should.

This story is so strange, so outlandish, so maddening, that it felt like a fever breaking. A part of my mind still thinks I'd imagined it all, like it was all just a hallucination, however real it all seemed. And it is very, very real.

A. S. King does not pull any punches when it comes to frankly discussing topics like raci
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I never quite know how to talk about A.S. King's books. They aren't straightforward narratives that walk up and say "Here's your story and here's the lesson you should take from it." They're skittish things, like stray kittens, who nose up to you out of the corner of your vision but, when you turn to look at them, they dash away to hide in the shrubbery and peer out at you with glowing eyes. Dig is no exception. It twists and turns and bobs and weaves and not until the very end does it stay in o ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dig is the tenth novel by award-winning American author, A.S. King. The sixteen-year-old and his mom are new in this Pennsylvania town (though Mom says she has old business here). It’s January, and snowing a blizzard; he gets a snow shovel from the guy in the house next door to their leaky apartment, and becomes The Shoveler. For the old couple advertising painting work, he’s the painter kid.

The seventeen-year-old has lived here all her life. Her parents are rich so she doesn’t need to work, bu
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Alyssa Chrisman
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love A.S. King so much. This is the book I didn’t know I (we) needed until I read it.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fiction
Jesus Christ, this is incredible. I think my new favorite of her books, and I love all of her books.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story remarkably weaves the characters together and apart. It was incredible to see how the story evolves. Excellent ya!
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, ya, magical_realism, sad
Whenever I pick up an A.S. King book, I expect a story that takes on tough issues without flinching in an originally odd way, and we get that in spades with Dig.

The book was told via The Shoveler, Malcolm, The Freak, Loretta, and CanIHelpYou? - five very different teens, who were connected in some way. Their stories were all imbued with pain and heartbreak, as each was dealing with one or more social ills. Death of a parent, terminal illness, poverty, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, addic
Neville Longbottom
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
*Lady Gaga voice*: Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, never been done before.

A.S. King’s books are so weird and so wonderful. Dig is a difficult book to explain, like many of her books. I’m not even going to begin to try and describe the plot. Just know that it’s an incredibly strange and moving story that covers many topics, such as family, abuse, privilege, race, death, and much more.

I know this isn’t going to be a book that
Erin Kelly
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deborah Embury
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
People are SLEEPING on King's novels. Especially this one. As ever, her books are weird and wonderful and hardhitting and heartfelt and just GOOD. "Dig" is both noticeably King but also unlike any of her other books. This one tackles a big sprawling family, a family with ancestors who were potato farmers, and a whole lot of the dirty issues that come with secrets, prejudices, teenage-hood, privilege, selling weed, anxiety, and finding purpose. It sounds like a lot, and in many ways it is. The na ...more
Cheryl DeFranceschi
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love A. S. King’s writing, and this story about 5 different teenagers, all with some very heavy life problems, did not disappoint. Beautifully told and intricately crafted- a true work of art. A big thanks to Dutton Books and PRH for the privilege of reading this early. So great!
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about you, but you are nowhere in it.

And by you I mean me, as one always does. Which is a problem (or an opportunity?), and being reminded of that tension right there is one excellent reason to read A.S. King. So - who is it who is not in this book? Me. White middle-aged woman. White middle-aged middle class woman with kids. Once and future punk driving a sensible car. Sorrowful, frustrated, trying person.

It’s the good kind of invisible though - not the overlooked kind, more like th
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
I just had the honor of reading an Advanced Reader's Copy of A.S. King's newest novel, expected March 2019, and it's an emotional, wild read. Throughout the novel, King puts the characters (figuratively) "in a blender," and that's kind of what happens to the reader. It's an emotional spin cycle of a book, both for its sensitive subject matter and its uneven storylines. I would still recommend it to fans of King—but this is probably not the best "first" King novel to read.

There is no doubt in my
Jul 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
100% my most anticipated book of 2019
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cya-podcast
A.S. King is doing things that nobody else in YA lit is doing and they are amazing.
Joshua Whiting
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm probably going to be thinking about this one for a long time. I stayed up until past 2 last night to finish this. I'm also probably going to have to read all of A.S. King's other books now.

(Actual review pending.)
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'Brutally candid, Dig is well worth the intellectual and emotional investment.’
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
4.5 for being nearly perfect (just a little hard to keep all of the characters separate).

The way A.S. King uses white characters as opposed to characters she doesn’t identify with to address racism is so so good.
Mar 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
review book but no comment other than I love A.S. King.
Becky Carleton
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A.S. King’s masterpiece. Brilliant. Funny. Disturbing. Weird. Honest. Surrealistically real. I hesitate to give away details of the plot. It’s best experienced diving in without a lot of expectations. It’s a surprisingly easy read about ridiculously difficult subjects. Spoiler alert: the answer is love. To all the questions. And, while getting your burger fix, always be kind to the person working the drive thru.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
It's difficult to write a review for an A.S. King book because I don't want to give anything away before another reader's had the chance to experience it.

No one else writes YA like A.S. King. Every book is wildly different, wonderfully weird, and masterfully written.
Reviewed in the March/April 2019 issue of Horn Book.
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies

"The act is played out in a the living-room portion of the wagon- matinee at two, dinner show at five, and a late show in case there isn't a good movie on TV, at around nine or so. They juggle, not things but words. They dare to leap through the ring of fire that is TV news. They are contortionists of ideas. They know nothing else but this act and how to work a toaster often. They don't understand why their ankles are covered in scabs. They don't own a vacuum cleaner." Loretta the flea circu
Megan Alexis
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable. Powerful. This book is a force for change. As is her style, A.S. King begins with fragments from each character's perspective that at first glance, may seem fractured and nonsensical. However, each character has a distinct purpose that becomes realized as the story begins to come together towards the end of the novel. Tackling issues such as racism, white supremacism, domestic violence, poverty, greed and more A.S. King is still able to give the reader hope that change in our society ...more
Michael Ciagala
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book. This book is phenomenal. So powerful. So brave. So beautifully unapologetic. Read this. Read it now.
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