I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

I Crawl Through It by A.S. KingI Crawl Through It by A.S. King
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 22nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Magic Realism, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 336

A boldly surreal novel from one of the best YA writers working today.

Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving trauma, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults—and they'll do anything to escape the pressure. They'll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them... until they learn the only way to escape reality is to fly right into it.

I received an early copy of this book from my co-blogger. This does not influence my thoughts on the book. 

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.


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Shelly Z is a reader, writer and blogger. She works for Adventures in YA Publishing, a 101 best site for writers selected by Writer’s Digest, and is a blogger at Read.Sleep.Repeat. She rants as much as she reads. You can find her on twitter at @shellysrambles.

5 thoughts on “I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

  1. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    Awesome review. I have never actually read A.S. King, but I will be reading this one!
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    1. Shelly

      You really should read her, she’s amazing! Definitely one of my fave authors 🙂 Thanks for reading!


  2. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    Hmmm, I haven’t read any A.S. King books and I’m not sure I deal too well with magical realism books… but maybe I ought to give them a try?
    So glad to hear you loved this one Shelly!
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    1. Shelly

      Magical realism is that weird quirky border between fiction and dreams. I love it (perhaps way too much) so I hope you give it a chance! May I recommend A.S. King’s GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE? That one’s definitely a solid one as well! Hope you give it a chance <3


  3. Alicia

    I’ve only read Ask the Passengers but I did love it, so I’ll definitely be reading this. Magical realism is the coolest.
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