Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tour + Giveaway, Review, and Music Playlist: Spurt by Chris Miles

Spurt by Chris Miles

Balls and all!

Jack Sprigley isn’t just a late-bloomer. He’s a no bloomer: an eighth grader, and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn’t heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they’ve finally dumped him and his child-like body—until he finds out it’s much worse than that. His friends are now so far ahead of him that they’ve started dating. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back. And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.

Praise for SPURT

“Hilarious, addictive, brilliantly-warped... like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen crossed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid” -- Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy Schoolseries

“Funny, heartfelt, and likely to appeal to reluctant readers, especially boys on the cusp of puberty” --School Library Journal

“A refreshing take on body image, acceptance and the need to fit in. The novel’s moments of profundity are subtle yet powerful, and masterfully balanced with humour. Spurt is appealingly naughty.” --Books+Publishing

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3 stars

So the best way for me to explain how I feel about this story is to say I wasn't a super fan of the book, but I think it is a book that young guys especially, and possibly young girls, could relate to. This book is about puberty, and as we all know puberty sucks - it wasn't a fun time in life and this book really brings to life everything that comes along with puberty.

I personally didn't really connect with jack, but I think this book is important because young guys could connect with him. I think Chris Miles was a good writer, the story is written well. It was a slower read - there wasn't anything that I felt was fast paced in the story.

What I think is important and why I think this book deserves 3 stars is because it's a great book for young male teenagers or young boys who are about to become teenagers. As stated above in the praise, it's a good story about what it means to find where you fit in and a great story about forming an identity. It's important in our day and age to have a different take on what body image and acceptance really means.

Again, where I really didn't take away anything from the story, I do think it is a book worth checking out if you are a parent with young boys or if you are a young guy yourself.

Chris Miles' Music playlist for SPURT

I find it too distracting to listen to music when I write and I’m way too old to choose favourite songs and artists for my young characters without embarrassing myself, so instead I’ve put together a playlist of songs that kind of fit with the themes and events in Spurt.
‘I’m A Man’, Pulp
‘Growing Pains’, Ludacris
‘Crosseyed and Painless’, Talking Heads
‘Apeman’, The Kinks
‘Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is A Season)’, The Byrds
‘Muzzle’, Smashing Pumpkins
‘Changes’, David Bowie
‘Blue Balloon’, Ween


Chris Miles has written several books for young readers in Australia. His short fiction and other writings have appeared in publications throughout Australia. He works as a website designer and developer, and in his spare time, he indulges his love of Doctor Who, LEGO®, Dungeons & Dragons, and anchovies. He is a dog person (though not literally).


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