Spud is a novel by South African author, actor, playwright and producer, John van de Ruit. A comedic sometimes sad yet straight forward novel that. Start by marking “Spud (Spud, #1)” as Want to Read: And Spud Milton—thirteen-year-old, prepubescent choirboy extraordinaire—is about to start his first year at an elite boys-only boarding school in South Africa. John Howard van de Ruit is a South African novelist, actor, playwright. The Spud book series by John van de Ruit includes books Spud, Spud: The Madness Continues, Spud: Learning to Fly, and several more. See the complete Spud series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles. John van de Ruit.
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The first book of the Spud trilogy encompasses a variety of themes - humour, romance, teenagedom, among other things and has proven itself. Spud. John van de Ruit, Author. Penguin/Razorbill $ (p) ISBN but often hilarious exploits in this diary-style first novel set in Read the latest news and review on the Spud books and movies, and thoughts from the Spud creator himself, John Van Der Ruit.
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While I did find myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, and found the setting [South Africa] and time period  to be intellectually interesting, there was a lot to be found in this novel that made me uncomfortable I find myself a little torn. While I did find myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, and found the setting [South Africa] and time period  to be intellectually interesting, there was a lot to be found in this novel that made me uncomfortable. Feb 26, Mafi rated it it was ok Shelves: Aug 30, Skip rated it liked it Shelves: Thirteen-year old, South African John "Spud" Milton receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious boarding school in 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 Thirteen-year old, South African John "Spud" Milton receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious boarding school in and is excited to escape from his crazy home life.
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 role in the production of Oliver. Inverted Southern Hemisphere seasons and cricket references were a bit confusing. I found it to be a sophomoric version of Dead Poet's Society.
My favorite part was the periodic summaries of what the boys did on their school breaks. Jan 21, Michele rated it liked it.
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. Some amusing bits, some just plain crazy Oct 09, Owen rated it really liked it Recommended to Owen by: 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 s, 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 I decided to read Spud because it is sort of like my situation. I think it's been described somewhere I can't remember exactly where as the South African Catcher in the Rye. I haven't read Catcher in the Rye though, so I wouldn't know. I definitely saw similarites, although few, between Spud and the Perks. Spud and Charlie share a similar way of thinking and their situations are closely related, in terms of the fact that they are both learning about themselves and the world around them.
Unlike the Perks, which is written in letter form, Spud is written as journal entries. Another small similarity is the fact that they are close to their English teachers. They go over the teachers' houses and have meals with them and their wives, and they are given books which they discuss frequently. I would have to say that Spud is a bit more mentally mature, despite the fact that he is a few years younger than Charlie.
Spud is a thirteen year old boy who comes from a dysfunctional family. His grandmother Wombat is senile, and his parents are crazy and will most likely become senile soon. He wins a scholarship to an elite boarding school for boys in South Africa.
Once there, he is a bit homesick and overwhelmed by the new environment, which is expected and perfectly normal. Spud eventually gets into his new life at school and he forms a close bond with his seven housemates, nicknamed the Crazy Eight.
Playing cricket and being cast as the lead in the school's play, Spud gets to know more of his schoolmates and girls through the play. A few times Spud goes home, and there he meets "the Mermaid", the daughter of one of his mother's friends.
They start dating and Spud is happy as could be. But when the Mermaid, her real name is Debbie, becomes depressed after her parents' divorce and is relocated to England, he isn't sure what to do.
Things become more complicated when Spud forms a relationship with Amanda, a girl in his play. Plus there's a flirtatious girl named Christine involved. I think this book is a series, but I doubt I will read the other ones. Not because I didn't like Spud, but because I feel it does fine as a standalone book. It was a very funny book, perhaps not quite as funny as I thought it would be.
Mainly because the reviews I have read describe it as: The "funniest book of the year. And I've also seen some reviews online. I think the reason I didn't find it super funny was because my sense of humor is very different than a lot of people. But who knows, I haven't read many funny books recently so this might be my funniest book of the year.
Also because I've been reading a lot of depressing YA, as well as adult books this year. Definitely add this to your collection of coming of age stories. Spud is a break from more serious YA, and it put me in a good mood upon finishing it, which is one thing I was hoping to get out of it. Also, there is a movie so check that out. I haven't seen it but I might, just to compare it to the book.
View 1 comment. Feb 09, Gill rated it it was amazing. His Succulent Story With a soprano voice, a small body, and many bunk mates, would you get teased? There is definitely a reason why they are called the crazy eight.
Spud goes on many fun journeys tha Spud: Spud goes on many fun journeys that he shares with his diary.
Many of these journeys are funny, and some even tear jerking. Eventually Spud becomes a big factor in the play, and he has girl problems so he has a lot on his mind at boarding school.
I would like to note that I read this book on my iPod so the page numbers will not be accurate. Three reasons why SPUD is such a captivating book is because we all want to know what it would be like to live at a boarding school for a while, people want to know how he handles his girl troubles, and the book is laugh out loud funny.
To begin, the first reason why this book is engrossing, is because we all want to know what it would be like to live at a boarding school. I think at one point or another people think about boarding school and the benefits that it gives us. The thought of leaving your parents for such long periods of time is just too crazy for some people to relate to.
I really like this quote because it really explains how Spud feels when his parents leave him. I jumped out of bed and called out Mom, before I could stop myself. This is another example of wanting parents, and just expecting them to be there for you at all times.
The second reason why Spud is such a captivating book is because Spud is kind of in a sticky situation with girls so people are interested in how he is going to deal with that situation.
Spud decides to call his girlfriend to ease his guilt about liking another girl. I find it amusing to know that only Spud would get himself in this position. He is now sandwiched between two girls not knowing what to do, and I think this is the perfect romantic touch to a book that is supposed to be funny.
Spud has some trouble when Mermaid becomes depressed, because her parents are getting a divorce. Lastly, the third and final reason why Spud is so captivating, is because the book is hilarious. Spud says this when his dad is spraying deadly chemicals with only a mask and underpants on. He kept me engaged throughout the book because I kept finding funny jokes in just the right places that made be laugh out loud. Away From Home What is your nickname?
For John Milton 14, it is Spud. Spud has a messy love life that makes things interesting. This historical fiction novel is set in The author of the book is Joh Spud: The author of the book is John Van de Ruit. They are Mermaid, Amanda and Cristine. Gecko offered to help Spud with his girl problems so Spud made a list.
Amanda… Pros beautiful, sexy, intelligent, catlike? This shows what Spud thinks of the girls in his love life. The quote showed that he thinks that all the girls that like him are crackers.
Those girls are a sizeable part of this book. If this book was a movie it would probably be rated PG or R because it is very raunchy. It includes bad language and talk about sex. The author has made the characters seam like 13 and 14 year old boys and girls. In the school play Spud played Oliver.
He was embarrassed to play the part of Oliver because Oliver looked like a girl. Looking like a girl is something any boy at this age would be afraid of. What boy wants to stand up on stage and look like a girl in front of his friends? The way Spud is written helps enhance the storyline. Since every section is dated, the reader knows when and where Spud is in the story.
He uses short sentences which really keep my interest and make it sound like a school boy is writing. Even breathing was difficult. This just made me want to keep reading, to learn more about what happened to Spud and his mates after they had stolen the food from the cafeteria.
I can connect to this book because it took place in South Africa when Nelson Mandella was released from prison. During this time there were many riots in South Africa like the riots currently going in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East.
Anyone who likes the first Spud, they would definitely like Spud, the Madness Continues. View all 3 comments. Oct 18, Kimberley rated it really liked it Recommended to Kimberley by: Kerri-lyn Wheeler. 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.
Spud soon had me laughing out loud. Boarding school has always been a familiar thing to me. I was a boarder at my current school for three years and the local boys school also has a boarding house. What these boys get up to in the boarding is no secret nor, I should add, is what the girls get up to! Although perhaps a little bit crazy, Spud pretty much hit the nail on the head when it comes to hectic but lovable boarding life.
Spud is hilarious. I know that a lot of my friends criticize me for not being amused by some fairly standard gags, but even I found Spud to be funny. As I was reading it I knew that my smiles and giggles and, not gonna lie, sometimes outright unladylike chortles were making me seem like a crazy person to all who happened to walk by.
The hilarity comes in the characters teenage boys — surely that speaks for itself! Just like many teenage boys, he can be a touch clueless at times. In a nutshell, Spud is a fun book. I whole-heartedly recommend this book. Feb 17, The Messenger rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.