Review: Sprout

Sprout Bradford has a secret. It’s not what you think—he’ll tell you he’s gay. He’ll tell you about his dad’s drinking and his mother’s death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds he’s had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible.–From Goodreads

Sprout and his father are eccentric characters in a conservative Kansas town. Like Jake Wizner’s Spanking Shakespeare, this book alternates between Sprout’s writing in preparation for an essay contest, and the story of his life as it unfolds throughout the novel. I am drawn to narrators like Sprout, who are such authentic teenage boys, at once witty and sarcastic and insightful and heart-breaking. Sprout is a complex character who comes to realize that growing up does not always go the way you plan. For those that enjoy an honest and thoughtful coming of age story, Sprout is a worthwhile read.

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