Author: A.S. King
Pages: 319 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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.
Clearly I am not smart enough to get I Crawl Through It. It’s one of those books where nothing is as it seems, and everything is a metaphor for something, and you just don’t know what’s true or what’s just in a character’s head. It’s all about this group of teens (Stanzi, Gustav, China, and Lansdale) who are all dealing with something and have something odd about them. Stanzi is split into two, Gustav is building an invisible helicopter, China has swallowed herself, and Lansdale’s hair grows when she lies. Do I know what any of that is suppose to mean? No.
To say that I Crawl Through It was weird would be an understatement. And I don’t just mean the parts that I obviously didn’t understand. Some stuff is just straight up weird. What wasn’t weird, made me uncomfortable. I honestly don’t even know how to talk about this book. It was way beyond me, but I kept chugging through to find out who was sending the bomb threats. But then I was too stupid to realize that the bomb threats were probably a metaphor for something else…