I Crawl Through It by A.s. KingI Crawl Through It by A.s. King

I Crawl Through It

byA.s. King

Paperback | August 16, 2016

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Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.

So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away...but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.

The genius of acclaimed author A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience--and find the way out.
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed booksGlory O'Brien's History of the Future;Reality Boy;Ask the Passengers, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner;Everybody Sees the Ants; and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor bookPlease Ignore Vera Dietz. She lives in Pennsylvania.
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Title:I Crawl Through ItFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:August 16, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316334081

ISBN - 13:9780316334082

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from What? This one didn't hit home with me. This one was probably my least favourite A.S. King book because it just seemed so convoluted and a little too out there. Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate "deep" books with metaphor and a magical realism element, but I Crawl Through It seemed to be trying too hard to make everything nonsensical. Although I had a pretty good idea about what was happening in these characters' real lives, things still didn't make sense. This book was an interesting attempt to depict teenagers dealing with certain traumas, and out of the four characters, I think I felt 100% certain of two of their issues. The other two, I could only guess at what they were dealing with and I actually found myself questioning their actual existence :P Overall I was a bit annoyed with the characters because they spouted so much mumbo jumbo all of the time, and then I felt bad that I was annoyed because this book was supposed to be an exploration of trauma. I think that when a book tries to discuss themes involving trauma and dealing with hardship, it should be a bit more relatable. I think that King could have had the same magical realism premise, but made it a bit more tangible so that readers could relate. I think that she did this brilliantly and beautifully with the topic of bullying in Everybody Sees The Ants. I thought it was a shame that she tried to deal with topics such as death and rape, and I was ultimately unmoved by it all because the writing was so bogged down with the fantastical elements. If you are a fan of A.S. King, I think you may enjoy this one. Just be aware that it is definitely one of her more nonsensical and ambitious works. I wouldn't recommend I Crawl Through It as anyone's first A.S. King book, and really I think you would be fine to skip this one altogether. However, I will never stop recommending Everybody Sees The Ants (even in reviews in which it is not the subject :P )
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite novels of 2015! You don’t even understand how much I love A.S. King. I’ve read almost all of her books (which I will surely fix soon) and I loved every single one of them. And of course, I Crawl Through It is no exception. I Crawl Through It revolves around a group of four friends/misfits. Stanzi is obsessed with biology and dealing with a loss. China is inside out and writes poems. Gustav is building an invisible helicopter and Lansdale lies so much her hair grows. Basically, it’s a recipe for awesome. I Crawl Through It is definitely a very trippy and intense book. If you’ve never read A.S. King, then you wouldn’t know her way with magic realism. My motto for reading her novels is that everything is real. If you spend the novel trying to figure out what is happening and what isn’t, you’ll miss the best parts. The only way to read it is to suspend your disbelief, which is an awesome way to read a book and/or live life. I Crawl Through It is definitely a bit on the darker side, and the main character deal with a lot of crap. The novel is captivating and interesting, and I don’t want to reveal too much about anything else because this novel is so truly amazing that you have to read it for yourself. Overall, I Crawl Through It is another awesome magic realism novel that I highly recommend to everyone. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be sitting over here clutching my ARC and softly weeping.
Date published: 2015-10-03

Editorial Reviews

"A meditation on grief, guilt, and survival.... Readers [will be] rewarded with the self-actualization of finely wrought characters.... Absolutely worthwhile."-Kirkus Reviews