November 18, 2013

Review: Dear Life, You Suck

Dear Life, You Suck By Scott Blagden
Available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR
Review copy

If the title isn't enough to convince you to pick this book up, then this might not be the book for you.  But trust me: you're missing out on a real gem.  Scott Blagden's debut novel DEAR LIFE, YOU SUCK is the story of Cricket, who is about to age out of the boys' home he lives in.

Cricket is an amazing narrator.  His voice is absolutely absorbing, and plot relevant!  He's definitely a teenager, and shoots himself in the foot sometimes.  (I absolutely adored one scene where he realizes his actions caused him to miss out on an opportunity.)  He has anger issues, and is perhaps a bit too laid back about drug dealing.  At the same time, Cricket's got a lot of positives in his personality too, and he grows as a character throughout the story.  The first thing that really drew him to me as a reader is also what endears Cricket to his crush Wynona: he totally loves and cares for the younger kids in the home.  Aww.

Honestly, I don't have much to say about DEAR LIFE, YOU SUCK.  It fits into the vein of books like Dale Peck's SPROUT, Michael Hassan's CRASH AND BURN, and Andrew Smith's WINGER.  It's a realistic contemporary that deals with some of the harsher facts of life (and being a teen), as told through the eyes of a witty, talented young man.  But I really liked it.  There's so much personality in this novel, from the unconventional family to the sweet romance to the slightly melodramatic but fitting ending.

Therefore: love, love, love.


  1. I like the title because it sounds like there's a lot of good about Cricket's life so the perspective must work really well and lead to an interesting conclusion. The title would've grabbed me, though I'm not so sure about the cover over than that.

    1. Yeah, he's got good reasons to be unhappy with his life, but it isn't all bad. The cover could be more dynamic.

  2. Sounds like one I'd really like! Love the title. :)

  3. Thanks for an intro to an author new to me. Oddly enough Cricket is a new trendy name - the MC of Nantucket Blue and I met a woman at a party with that name too. Always good to hear about "boy" books.


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