Anthony Breznican
September 30, 2015 AT 03:06 PM EDT

​I Crawl Through It

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
A.S. King
publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
genre
Young Adult

We gave it an A

Billed as “surrealist fiction,” I Crawl Through It requires readers to supply their own answers to the riddles of its teenage characters, who exist as abstracts of their emotional states: Stanzi, the girl who is split in two; China, who has swallowed herself and turned inside out; Lansdale, whose lies make her hair grow; Gustav, the boy whose invisible helicopter could help them escape. The novel is told through their shattered perspectives, the moment their young minds unspool like line from a broken fishing reel. Tying it back together isn’t easy, but keen readers will enjoy deciphering King’s puzzles, like the identity of the mysterious “bush man” who keeps rewarding the kids with letters. Odd. A

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