Grow Up

Ben Brooks

I am grinning at her now. I am excited about seeing justice done and also about getting to hold a dead body. A real dead human
Grow Up by Ben Brooks (Paperback ISBN 9780857861870) book cover

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The first great coming of age novel for the In-Betweeners generation

Who says youth is wasted on the young?

Jasper wants to get on in the world, but he’s got a lot on his plate: A-levels, his mother pushing him to overachieve, weekly visits to his psychologist, come-downs, YouTube suicides and pregnant one-night-stands. Then there’s his stepdad – the murderer.

Hilarious and heartbreaking by turns, Grow Up is the ultimate twenty-first-century coming-of-age novel. It paints a vivid portrait of the pills and thrills and bellyaches of growing up today. Funny, smart and twisted, it is the story of one young man transformed.

“Ben Brooks is a magical imp who pumps out dark nuggets of poetry and makes you snort with laughter.”
Noel Fielding

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“Sickeningly good. So confident, so stylish. An unacceptably witty and original debut.”
Tim Key

“GROW UP is absolutely knockout - Brooks is blessed with a blinding grasp of terse, lyrical prose, and has the timing of a genius stand-up comic. Top class.”
Richard Milward Author Of Apples

“The most convincing portrayal of the adolescent mind since Vernon God Little - Like Holden Caulfield on Mephedrone.’”
Ewan Morrison

“Engaging, funny and sharply-written. I loved it. Somehow manages to be both brutally uncompromising and really warm-hearted.”
Chris Killen

Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Gloucestershire. He is also the author of Fences, An Island of Fifty, The Kasahara School of Nihilism and Upward Coast & Sadie. Brooks’ work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in the Dzanc Best of the Web anthology.