Review: I Crawl Through It by A.S. King


Title: I Crawl Through It

Author: A.S. King

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 a copy of this book for free from The Novl Newsletter in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

I Crawl Through It is a story that follows four, unique teenagers. Stanzi, the main character, loves to dissect animals, always wears her lab coat, believes she is split into two different people, and has parents who are obsessed with visiting tragic memorials. Stanzi’s best friend and neighbor, Gustav, is building an invisible helicopter. China has swallowed herself and is now inside out. Lansdale is a compulsive liar whose hair grows every time she tells a lie. There is also a man in the bush who doesn’t wear clothes and sells letters like “A” and “P” and lemonade with roofies.

This is one of the most confusing and weird books I have ever read. What did I just read? There isn’t much explaining has to why things are the way they are in this book, you just have to go with the flow of this book. While I didn’t absolutely hate this book, I didn’t particularly enjoy it either. This is the type of book that will have reviews and opinions from people all across the board. Some will hate this book, others love this book, and a small minority of people will be like me, stuck somewhere in between.

I Crawl Through It is definitely in a category all its own. It’s different, crazy, and unique. Although this book did not work for me, others have seemed to love it. This book isn’t for everyone, but you just might love it. If you are really interesting in reading this book and are a fan of A.S. King’s other works, I would suggest picking this one up.

2 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed Glory O’Brien’s History Of The Future, Reality Boy, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner Ask The Passengers, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults Everybody Sees The Ants, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She is also the author of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults The Dust of 100 Dogs, as well as a collection of award-winning short stories for adults, Monica Never Shuts Up.

Look for Amy’s work in anthologies Dear Bully, Break These Rules, One Death Nine Stories, and Losing It. (And brace yourself for 2015’s novel, I Crawl Through It.)

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.


7 thoughts on “Review: I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

  1. This book sounds super strange! I’ve seen it around and I’ve heard that it was excellent but I can totally understand why you’d be unsure on your feelings towards it, especially if the weridness is never fully explained!


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