I Crawl Through It

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Gustav is building an invisible helicopter. Lansdale’s hair grows when she lies. China is a walking stomach. Stanzi wears a lab coat and dissects frogs and feels as though she is split in two.

In A.S. King’s novel I Crawl Through It, Gustav, Lansdale, China, and Stanzi confront the moments and memories that haunt them by traveling to invisible places, writing poems, and speaking with the mysterious man who lives in the bush and sells lemonade and letters.

King deftly turns intense feeling into evocative imagery that communicates the vivid emotions of her characters to the reader. The book is puzzling, and at times it’s hard to understand entirely what’s going on, but the novel’s main virtue also lies within its surrealism. The strange and perplexing moments are also the most emotional and the most meaningful—at the moments when a character’s understanding of the world or an experience within it changes, the surrealist image often alters to reflect that epiphany. King’s surrealism makes the world she creates at once foreign and known, new and bizarre but viscerally understandable. Redemptive and powerful, I Crawl Through It challenges and rewards the reader with moments that inspire and confound.

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Author A.S. King
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2015-Sep-22
ISBN 9780316334099
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Issue December 2015
Category Young Adult


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