Jean Paul Caron
by Ben Brooks
Penguin Books (2012)
I was drawn to Grow Up when I saw the author, Ben Brooks, was born in 1992 and was nineteen when this book was published! The story follows a teenage boy and his friends who find ways to escape their lives with drugs and parties. The writing is fun to read, the imagery can be wildly vivid at times, and when the book is funny it is absolutely hilarious. The lifestyle presented seems exaggerated, but underneath the excessiveness lies a tinge of sadness which gives the characters gravity, relatability and extra depth the longer you let the book simmer.
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