A brilliant and redemptive look at the world of four teenagers as they deal with long buried grief, past trauma, loss and all the guilt that comes with being a survivor. With I Crawl Through It, King has once again proven herself to be among the greats in the world of literature. YA or otherwise. I loved every word, every sentence and every second spent reading this gorgeous novel. And I think you will too.— Faith
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.
About the Author
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed books Glory 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 book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She lives in Pennsylvania.
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* "At once a statement on the culture of modern schools as well as mental health issues, this novel is an ambitious, haunting work of art."—School Library Journal, starred review
*"Masterfully written and brilliantly bizarre, this is King at her most innovative yet."—VOYA, starred review
*"Beautiful prose, poetry, and surreal imagery combine for an utterly original story that urges readers to question, love, and believe--or risk explosion."—Booklist, starred review
*"King's novel blends the magical and the mundane in a deadpan delivery
that makes it difficult to tell one from the other. This, of course, is
the point of her ambitious and affecting work."—The Horn Book, starred review
*"It's bizarre, compelling, and not like anything else."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A meditation on grief, guilt, and survival.... Readers [will be] rewarded with the self-actualization of finely wrought characters.... Absolutely worthwhile."—Kirkus Reviews