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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  27 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
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Dutton Books For Young Readers
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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 of 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
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.
Erin Kelly
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
This was classic King, in that it was trippy and the story wonderful wound around itself and she took on a great many social issues, but it was probably the intense book I have read from her to date. It's dark. It's sad. It's meant to make people feel uncomfortable.

Full review to follow.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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'Brutally candid, Dig is well worth the intellectual and emotional investment.’
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Mar 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
review book but no comment other than I love A.S. King.
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
Reviewed in the March/April 2019 issue of Horn Book.
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.
This is A.S. King's masterpiece.

More to come.
Mrs. Krajewski
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gottfried and Marla Hemmings are rich. These former potato farmers decided to sell their family business years ago and now have an overflowing bank account to show for it. When it comes to their children, however, Marla decides not to give them a penny, for this wouldn’t allow them to “thrive.” Well, not quite. As the reader gets to know the Hemmings children, along with their grandchildren, clues are slowly unearthed that prove that something is rotten in their household. Can the grandchildren ...more
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.
Vivian Stevenson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House | Dutton Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read an eARC of this novel. I will be participating in a blog tour for this book if any of you are interested. It's going up on April 2nd, and it's going to be an author Q&A! I'm beyond excited. This book left me with a lot of questions (in a good way). Keep your eyes open for that!

This novel, along with her other one that I read, Everybody Sees the Ants, is like nothing I have ever read before. He
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
King's style has evolved over the years. Many of her books have portions that seem a little surreal, with dreams, nightmares, or predictions of the future, but that quality feels a little more emphasized here. Honestly, if I had not read a blurb about what this book is about, I'm not sure if I really would have gotten it. The reader is presented with various perspectives, some named and some referred to by a moniker, such as "Can I Help You?". The teens are all living, and struggling in the same ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I confess that when AS King published STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO, I said it was her best work to date. And I love that book so, so deeply. But this is truly her magnum opus. DIG has permanently altered my brain. I think about privilege often—especially as a gay woman who is frequently read as straight, and what this means for my safety, and the fact that it’s a luxury many people in the queer community are not afforded—but now a day won’t go by that I don’t think about DIG and all it has raised to ...more
Paula Soper
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, ya
Thank you #NCTE18 and Dutton Books for this ARC.

Never have I finished a book that feels so close to my life. (I’ve started some, but haven’t wanted to finish them.). So, why did I keep reading this one? Because once A. S. King gets into my head, I have to keep going. (May I call her my favorite heroin?)

This book is a warm hug for those who come from dysfunctional families, a reaching hand for those from a tough family, and a flick on the ear for others.

Warnings (for those of a delicate dispositi
Jordan St. Stier
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an adventure. I found this via ALA's Teen's Top Tens in my school library, and decided to read it, in exchange for an honest review. It turns out my friend is obsessed with A.S. King books, and probably worships her books like a deity. She demanded that I read 'Dig' as quick as I could so that she could read it as well. It took me two weeks to read, sadly, as I am reading five books at once, but after getting through Part I and understanding all the characters like they were my nei ...more
Claudia Lopez
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book filled with the adolescent voice in mind at all times. It takes several pages to get into but once you do you’ll find a story that centers around a white upper middle class family whose roots are set but not past down. Everyone has to DIG for themselves is the message and a good one! We are the fruit of our labor and when we work for something we value it. The book is filled is symbolism, metaphors and all the sorts that will make English teachers happy.
Ridiculously powerful.
A story that takes a lot of seemingly disparate characters and topics-- parent-teen relationships; aloneness; white supremacy; potatoes; cancer; a flea circus...
In the hands of most authors, these various elements wouldn't work so well.
In the hands of A.S. King, the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts.
If you enjoy the surrealism and heartbreak and hope of her other novels, you'll absolutely love this one.
Once again, Amy hits one out of the park. This book is haunting me...just as the "freak" haunts her family in this book. A beautiful, heart-breaking, sometimes confounding look at the ripples of mental illness, racism, and regret that flow through one family from generation to generation. It's completely surreal, and beautiful, and sad...and I'm still thinking about it.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19-20-pot
So hard to describe this book. Classic A.S. King
Loved it!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
See this edition of Shelf Life for a review of another TERRIFIC novel from A.S. King. She is one of a kind!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, ya
Still wrapping my head around this one. AS King is a master story teller.
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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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