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

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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 Crawl Through It was the first book that I have read by A.S. King and I was not impressed. After hearing all the hype that surround the author, I thought that I would adore her books. However, I Crawl Through It was far below my expectations.

As you read I Crawl Through It, you learn about four talented teenagers facing struggles. Even though you read about them, you don’t feel connected to them. The characters resemble background noise for the plot.

The writing of the story was extremely metaphorical. In fact, the whole story was various metaphors tied into a story. The metaphors were interesting and great but in the story, they were bizarre. Most of the story lacked sense. I understand the metaphors, but most of them felt unnecessary. At times, it seemed that the author was trying exceedingly hard to sound ‘deep’. Without the excessive use of metaphors that weren’t needed, I bet this story would be remarkable.
In the end, this story appeared illogical and crammed. Yes, I did enjoy the point that the author was making but I believe she could have gotten the point across better in other ways. I recommend this book to huge fans of magical realism.

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