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Grow Up by Ben Brooks

Grow Up by Ben Brooks. Pub. Text Publishers, 2011.

This book will evoke a number of emotions and responses, but you will not be bored. The language is coarse, the subject compulsively interesting and the idea just short of brilliant. It is for Secondary school students and young adults and particularly boy readers.

Jasper is obsessed with sex and the female body. He fantasises about sex all the time. He takes drugs, he parties hard, he has friends who are just as crazy as he is, he is sitting important exams and he is growing up.

Important issues are brought up in the novel such as the role of the easy access of porn on the Internet in teenage lives, teen suicide and the use of images to embarrass others on Youtube.

The dialogue is strong and realistic and you will find yourself snorting with laughter and cringing with horror.

Ben Brooks is only 19 years and as a writer he is brilliant beyond his age. Reluctant boys and insightful girls will enjoy this, but go careful it is dynamite.

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