Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on February 7, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Humor
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
Balls and all!
Jack Sprigley isn’t just a late-bloomer. He’s a no bloomer: an eighth grader, and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn’t heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they’ve finally dumped him and his child-like body—until he finds out it’s much worse than that.
His friends are now so far ahead of him that they’ve started dating. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back.
And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.
Spurt is a young adult humorous contemporary by Chris Miles. It features a guy named Jack who has not yet gone through puberty and he decides to fake it to fit in with his friends. Stop. Stop right there, I didn’t need to read any further. Christ Miles already had me. Spurt is a hilarious book. It is a book I think will appeal to all readers of all ages and genders. I really can’t say enough good things about this book, other than it was a blast.
All of Jack’s friends have either gone through or are currently going through puberty and he feels left in the dust…so he comes up with a genius idea…he can just fake puberty. I still crack up every time I think about this, because puberty is no fun for anyone, so I can’t imagine faking it is any more fun. But either way, Spurt was a hilarious ride through Jack’s various antics with his friends. The humor is spurt is at times outlandish, but always a lot of fun. Jack, though misguided sometimes is a great guy. I really liked him. You can’t help but like him and root for him.
And can we take a moment to talk about the cover. The front is freakin’ hilarious, with the single taped on hair. (I really laughed at that longer than I should have.) but the really cool thing about the cover is that it has a reversible “decoy” cover. First, what a cool idea! I want books to have reversible covers! Like two different versions. (Publishers…let’s talk! and make this happen!) But in Spurt’s case, the back side of the cover was to keep your book safe from prying eyes. It was about epic hot air- balloon explosions and other really cool many things. There was even a very manly author and fake author bio. It was so funny. I knew right then and there that I was going to love Chris Mile’s writing style. And I did! I need to read more books by him ASAP. He is super funny.
Bottom line: If you are a boy going through puberty, a young adult or an adult who already has gone through it, Spurt is a book that you do not want to miss. It is tons of fun and it is sure to put a big smile on your face. I Lol-ed multiple times while reading. This book made me smile. I loved Spurt.
And now I have the hilarious Chris Miles here to tell us 10 things he wishes he did in high school. Thank you so much for joining us Chris. Your list cracked me up, and your sense of humor is why I loved Spurt as much as I did.
Ten things you would change about your high school years if you could go back time
- Expose my legs to the sun at least once more before wearing shorts to school
- Join a drama group
- Trying being more of a badass
- Not be so damn worried about everything all the time
- Read more
- Learn an instrument
- At least pretend to know something about sport
- Have a gang sign
- Try out for the school musical
- Eat less ice cream
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