“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”
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.”
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“Sickeningly good. So confident, so stylish. An unacceptably witty and original debut.”
“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.’”
“Engaging, funny and sharply-written. I loved it. Somehow manages to be both brutally uncompromising and really warm-hearted.”
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.