Little Moments of Vileness: “Grow Up” by Ben Brooks, Reviewed

Grow Up by Ben Brooks Penguin, 272 p. The high school story is an odd thing. Most of the ones I think of come from movies—whether it be Project X, Can’t Hardly Wait, American Pie, or Sixteen Candles, and the billion beyond those. What are constant are the clear societal lines—who’s in and who’s out. In those stories, there’s usually at least one sympathetic character that we hope succeeds through whatever antics fall their way. But Brooks refuses to play […]

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