Grow Up by Ben Brooks (12/52)

The waning days of adolescence fueled by drugs, alcohol and appetite for sex, whatever the circumstances is the setting for this meandering, hyper-aware take on reality. Brooks offers a deeply flawed teen in Jasper, our narrator, and flirts with the dichotomy of genius and failure. Sage and idiot. The meta novel writing in the narrative provides an interesting depth. Oddly satisfying unflinching look at the teenage years in the 21st century.

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