Spud It s South Africa Two major events are about to happen The release of Nelson Mandela and importantly it s Spud Milton s first year at a boys only high school Cursed with parents from well beyon

  • Title: Spud
  • Author: John van de Ruit
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  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s South Africa 1990 Two major events are about to happen The release of Nelson Mandela and, importantly, it s Spud Milton s first year at a boys only high school Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange lunatics, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new surroundings Surrounded by names sIt s South Africa 1990 Two major events are about to happen The release of Nelson Mandela and, importantly, it s Spud Milton s first year at a boys only high school Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange lunatics, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new surroundings Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path towards manhood Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal night swimming to the cricket pitch, from ghostbusting to a catastrophic family travel He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world a boy whose eyes are crooked and being opened to love, friendship, and complete insanity.

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    1. This is a cool book. It is written in the form of a diary of a 14 year old boy living in South Africa. The year is 1990 and it is his first year at an elite private boys boarding school. The hilarity ensues. All of his experiences and thoughts are realistic and although the feeling of the book is comedic, there are more sobering experiences as well. This is a brand new book this year, a hit in South Africa, and the author is coming out with a sequel. I'm definitely interested in seeing what come [...]

    2. Fans of Adrian Mole and Georgia Nicholson will appreciate this latest entry in the adolescent teen diary mode. With wacky family members, teen romance problems, and faithful friends, Spud doesn't disappoint the reader. The added benefit is that it takes place in South Africa at the time of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and the end of apartheid. The seriousness of the political situation is a stark contrast to the laugh out loud situations in Spud's life in a private boy's school. I'm look [...]

    3. O livro mais engraçado que já li. Se bem que não li muitos livros de humor! O autor conseguiu reproduzir com louvor a atmosfera em torno de um pré-adolescente, com seus problemas, desafios e descobertas. Inegável que dei muitas gargalhadas. Foi perfeito para essas férias de verão.

    4. There were points in the book where I had to put it down because I was laughing so hard. Oh man, what a great book to start 2008.

    5. All the reviews say it's very funny but maybe it's not my type of humor or something because I didn't tjhink it was hilarious.

    6. This book has been number one on the bestseller list in South Africa for the last couple of years. Now it is number two, only because the its sequel is number one. With a tag line that touts it as the South African Catcher in the Rye and a rave review from my Penguin rep, I knew I had to read it. Told in almost diary form from the perspective of a 14 year old boy (nicknamed Spud by his dorm mates because his balls haven't dropped yet) who has just started boarding school, this book is laugh out [...]

    7. O formato narrativo - escrito em diário - não me apelou, sendo a personagem principal um rapaz de 13 anos. O apartheid é referenciado mas muito subtilmente, o que é uma pena, pois pensava que ia ter mais foco no livro mas este acaba por tornar-se num relato da vida de spud e dos amigos e a família e pouco mais do que isso.

    8. Thirteen-year old, South African John "Spud" Milton receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious boarding school in 1990 and is excited to escape from his crazy home life. Instead, he becomes part of the Crazy Eight in an equally bizarre, but teenage world dominated by sex, farting, harmful pranks, testosterone. Spud, nicknamed for the slow pace of his pubescent development, develops in many other ways, facing the usual teen pressures, especially when it comes to girls, and his hoped for lead [...]

    9. Funny at times, Spud isn't super lovable. He's average, and maybe that's supposed to make him appealing to the reader. I find his lack of a moral compass disappointing. He is socially conscious, which shows some growth in his character, but his disrespect for girls is disturbing. He reminds me of a slightly older Greg from Diary of a Wimpy kid. There's less substance to this book that I had previously heard.

    10. I decided to read Spud because it is sort of like my situation. Mainly the school aspect, which is pretty much the entire book. We both go to all boys schools and have to dress in pointless dress codes. Except, I go to a nearby(ish) school and Spud is at a boarding school in South Africa in the 1990s, at the time of apartheid. Other than that, there isn't much more similarity.I almost want to say that this is sort of like The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I think it's been described somewhere (I [...]

    11. Spud:His Succulent StoryWith a soprano voice, a small body, and many bunk mates, would you get teased? Spud by John Van de Ruit, is a realistic fiction novel based in 1990 in South Africa. The main characters are Spud, Vern, Gecko, Mermaid, and Wombat. Spud goes to a boarding school in South Africa, where he meets the crazy eight that includes Vern, Gecko, Mad Dog, Rambo, Boggo, Fatty, and Simon. There is definitely a reason why they are called the crazy eight. Spud goes on many fun journeys tha [...]

    12. Spud: Away From HomeWhat is your nickname? For John Milton 14, it is Spud. He goes to an all-boys boarding school in South Africa and is the book’s storyteller. Spud has a messy love life that makes things interesting. When he was at boarding school, he meets the “crazy eight”, a group of eight boys who do many outrageous things. The group is made up of Spud, Rambo, Mad Dog, Simon Brown, Rain Man, Gecko, Fatty and Boggo. This historical fiction novel is set in 1990. The author of the book [...]

    13. A close friend of mine has been recommending Spud to me for what seems like forever. Despite often enjoying the same books, I definitely put off reading this book until I realised it had been sitting on my shelf for an age and I was going to have to return it soon. As soon as I started reading it, other friends told me how wonderful it was and I became a little bit skeptical. It definitely didn’t grab me immediately and I was worried that this had already become one of those books that simply [...]

    14. Spud! Oh boy do I love this book. Really, what's not to like? It's got a little bit of everything. There's a whole lot of humor accompanied by some life themes, classic literature, and some South African history. Almost anyone could find something they like in this book. At first I wasn't too sure how much I would like the diary-style entries, but I ended up loving them. John "Spud" Milton is a hilarious narrator and he handles the tough format well. What really makes the book are the characters [...]

    15. The book I read had 309 Pages in PaperbackFor the first about 100 pages I thought this book was fully hilarious and I had 5 stars in my mind. But it got a little boring after halfway through as the same jokes were being repeated and I thought there was a lack of creativity from the writer. So for the next 150 pages from 5 stars I had come down to 3 stars for this book. But thanks to the last few pages of the book that I was caught with some good creativeness and the book went to a different leve [...]

    16. I went to Irish and British boarding schools in the mid-seventies to early eighties. The bulk of my time was spent in Northern Ireland where I experienced The Troubles. Spud takes place in South Africa at the time of Nelson Mandela's release from prison which serves as the backdrop that "keeps it real" so to speak. Thirteen year old John Milton goes away to boarding school for the first time, and while he's apprehensive about what awaits him he's equally eager to get away from his crazy family. [...]

    17. From a cultural standpoint, Spud might be too unbelievable to be a 13 going 14 year old boy, but then again, boys, whatever, whoever, wherever they are, have this similar crux of concern. Themes of belonging, madness, and friendship grace through the pages of the book, and all the while, you will laugh with the boys and their ordeals going through an entire year being together in a boarding school. I appreciate how van de Ruit writes his bildungsroman with wit and wild livery. I admit that throu [...]

    18. If you are looking for laugh out loud funny this is the book for you. Spud by John van de Ruit is one of the funniest books I have read in a while.The story comes from John "Spud" Milton who attends an all boys boarding school in South Africa set in 1990. His tale is written by way of journal entries which relate his various adventures, trials and humiliations.John rooms with a group known at school known as the "Crazy Eight" and they never fail to live up to their name. These 13 year old boys a [...]

    19. Spud is 14-year old John Milton who writes in his journal about his boarding school experiences. The story is set in South Africa in the 90's, before the fall of the apartheid. I lost count of how many times this book made me chuckle and sometimes even laugh out loud. The people in Spud's life (both inside and outside the boarding school) are absolutely nuts! I loved the crazy eight and Spud's family.At the start of the book, there is a Dramatis Personae or a list of characters. This inspired me [...]

    20. At last, a South African novel that is just a novel! Someone up there is finally taking note that South Africans are tired of political memoirs and high brow literary offerings that sell 3000 copies and die a lonely death. Spud leaves its British counterpart, The Diary of Adrian Mole, in the dust. Spud and the Crazy 8 have kept me from my dates with Michael Connolly, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and Adriana Trigiani. And that's a feat. I have laughed out loud, giggled and smiled and shed a few tears [...]

    21. Retiro o que eu disse antes: as últimas 50 páginas do livro são as melhores; não é enrolação, muda a atmosfera do livro total e completamente, e dobrou minha estima por ele. Motivo: é extremamente triste. Pesou, fez um livro meio besta, meio sem propósito, se tornar profundo e bonito. Adorei o final, de verdade - mais que o resto do livro inteiro. Valeu a pena pelas últimas páginas. (principalmente lendo-as ouvindo "Amazing Grace").Ele se propõe a ser mais engraçado do que realmente [...]

    22. A funny book with all kinds of sweet, frightening and sad about growing up. Sabin Willett had a character warn me that prep school had more psychopaths than prison. It did not matter. I was hooked by the second page."05:00 The neighborhood erupts as Dad fires up his supersonic heat-seeking rose sprayer (which sound like a ski boat hitting a sandbank at full throttle). The machine is so powerful that it blew Wombat's (my grandmother's) Queen Elizabeth rose bush out of the ground on its first tryo [...]

    23. Loved every page of this book! John van de Ruit has made me rethink the way I feel about South African writers. This book is strong enough to compete with any well known writers' work. Spud is the type of character you cant help but love! Even though he is such a typical boy and makes so many bad decisions, you still cant help but cheer him on. Every member of the crazy eight has a special place in my heart. You can learn so much from different characters and how they handle situations. My fave [...]

    24. Definitely not South Africa's Catcher in the Rye, despite the many plot parallels and the blurb making big claims. Still, pretty good. As a parent, I was kind of creeped out by the author's acceptance of a horrible boarding school. Are beatings, uncontrolled bullying, insanity,rampant drunkenness, and affairs with students par for the course in South African schools? Yikes! Spud is very likeable, though a little too good to be true -- star of the school musical, star cricketer, excellent student [...]

    25. The most absurd and glorious book I've ever had the pleasure of reading. 43 days. That's how long I dragged Spud on simply because I didn't want it to end!There wasn't any facet of life that this book failed to touch. Such colorful, crazy, flawed, unique characters and I feel like I know and understand them all. Brilliant characterization and a marvellous plot.Definitely, #1 on my list now. Sorry JKR.I am not reading the sequel for another year, though. I'd like this journey to last a little lon [...]

    26. Cotoco, O diário (perversamente) engraçado de um garoto de 13 anos, marcou o début do sul-africano John Van de Ruit como escritor. A obra publicada originalmente em 2005 fez muito sucesso, sendo traduzida para vários idiomas e em 2010 a editora Intrínseca traduziu e publicou esse que é o primeiro livro da série que contará com quatro livros, dos quais três já foram publicados: Cotoco (Spud), Spud – The Madness Continues e Spud – Learning To Fly.Leia mais: feanari.wordpress/2012/01/ [...]

    27. The adventures of John Milton “Spud” despite its oddness and quirkiness is able to connect with anyone. Refreshingly original and funny the book has a very South African feel but written in such a way as to delight anyone. With astonishing wit and cleverness, as only a 14-year-old spud can provide, there is not a sentence that will not have you giggling with glee. Every page contains some brilliant weirdness to admire and amuse you.

    28. Laugh out loud funny! That is the best way to describe this book, which was recommended to me by a couple of freshmen. The author leads us through the first-year adventure of a new boarding house student who is quickly nicknamed Spud. The plot is filled with the usual teenage drama (girls, sneaking out at night, pranks) but told in a witty way, allowing for moments of tenderness and self-discovery. A terrific read for YA's.

    29. I really loved this book. Being taken into the mind of a 14 year old boy, while he deals with, not only personal teenage problems, but a dynamically changing country is an experience filled with laughter, wonder and slightly pity (in a good way). Highly recommended read.This book is, also, home to my favorite bookish quote.'When In doubt, keep reading- A book will never die on you.'The Guv, pg 385

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