John van de Ruit
Spud: The Madness Continues
April 21, 2019 Comments.. 344
Spud The Madness Continues It s and John Spud Milton s journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail s pace Nearly fifteen Spud s starting his second year at boarding school and to his utter mortification he s

  • Title: Spud: The Madness Continues
  • Author: John van de Ruit
  • ISBN: 9780143025207
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s 1991, and John Spud Milton s journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail s pace Nearly fifteen, Spud s starting his second year at boarding school and, to his utter mortification, he s still a spud But life at school s about to get a whole lot worse, and even insanity awaits him this time around, from unrequited love to the most catastrophic schoolIt s 1991, and John Spud Milton s journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail s pace Nearly fifteen, Spud s starting his second year at boarding school and, to his utter mortification, he s still a spud But life at school s about to get a whole lot worse, and even insanity awaits him this time around, from unrequited love to the most catastrophic school play in history Join Spud as he takes another tentative step forward, while all around him the madness continues

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    1. Sara says:

      Holy heck. You're going to need to pause frequently so you can ease the diaphragmatic cramps from laughing. The casual violence (we went to breakfast, threw a first-year in the fountain, then went to rugby practice), the borderline alcoholism, the general shiftiness of all characters involved, and the deep and abiding love they have for each other is not only worth reading, it's a study in humanity. Somehow, even the "bonkers" characters are well-rounded, managing to be both tragic and hilarious [...]

    2. Mariaan says:

      Ilove the spud books, although I have heard the 1st two are the best. I never went to a boarding school, so a glimpse at how it was in the 80's really gave me a good giggle. I loved all the characters. It's 1991, and John "Spud" Milton's journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail's pace. Nearly fifteen, Spud's starting his second year at boarding school and, to his utter mortification, he's still a spud I loved all his trouble with women and off course his parents and Wombat stole the [...]

    3. BrocheAroe says:

      In Spud: The Madness Continues, the madness of the Crazy Seven (Seven due to a loss of one boy in Spud; then Eight, when a new boy comes; then Seven, when the new boy leaves; then Eight, when they induct Roger the Cat as an official member; then Six, when two of the boys get expelled; then Seven, when one of the boys gets back) really does continue. Spud is going to turn 15 during this year, is no longer in his first trembling year at the school, and has high hopes for both ball dropping and hai [...]

    4. Kbryna says:

      five stars because it made me laugh out loud, repeatedly, in public. I was reading it while eating at a denny's (my power was out so no cooking for me), and kept laughing so much that a man asked me if the book was really that good. He then inquired if the book "was like television, only in book form?" This is a question for which I have to answer. But I certainly did laugh my face off while reading it.

    5. Wanda Hartzenberg says:

      I absolutely adore this series. Spud and Wombat, the tension between Wombat and Spuds dad, the entire series makes me laugh out loud and even cry. I am soooo sad the series has come to an end but I am hoping that John van de Ruit is not done writing popular fiction

    6. Mizzio Batista says:

      2.5 STARS! Slightly disappointed!Umm, what the heck! Why does this book not have the original charm the first book had???The first book was a tale of finding your place in a new world. It was about growing up; about a boy beginning to become a man. It had all the things that you would expect would happen to boys who would be at a private school; bunking, pranks, fights. It even ended with such a twist, that it truly outshone itself, and went from being a funny book, to being a funny book WITH A [...]

    7. Wida Cain says:

      It was not as funny as the first one. I guess, better take a break after you read the first one. Read different books, then back to this.

    8. Emi says:

      i bloody love the Spud books. :)i don't really know how to compare this to the first one, whether it's better or not or if it's similar. it definitely carries on the same humour and with the same format as before. once again, Spud is tagging along with the Crazy Eight (now including Roger) and waiting for his balls to drop. actually, i think this book developed and showed a lot more character and growth than the previous. this one seems to get a little more serious, which is suitable as Spud is [...]

    9. Julie says:

      The year is 1991, and Spud Milton's long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen and still with no signs of the much anticipated ball-drop, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother hell-bent on emigrating, a father making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine, and a demented grandmother called Wombat, the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more [...]

    10. Amanda Patterson says:

      This is the book that every reader in South Africa has been waiting for. Will it be as good as the first one?John Milton, aka Spud, returns to school. He approaches his 15th birthday, losing his girlfriend, The Mermaid, and acquiring another, Amanda. As if that isn’t enough, his mother decides that the family is emigrating. van de Ruit writes about my favourite character - his almost senile grandmother, The Wombat, with compassion, humour and style. The Crazy 8 torment the new boys, struggle w [...]

    11. Haley says:

      The second book in the Spud series will have you happy to be reunited with your favorite 8 crazy boys! The madness truly does continue in this book, and you'll be laughing as you read it. I would most certainly recommend this book, so long as you have read Spud!

    12. Diane V-R says:

      The year is 1991, and Spud Milton's long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen and still with no signs of the much anticipated ball-drop, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother hell-bent on emigrating, a father making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine, and a demented grandmother called Wombat, the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more [...]

    13. Riana says:

      Young Spud Milton returns for his second year of boarding school at Michaelhouse. Thus follows another diary recording details of crazy cubicle mates, disturbing dorm room violence, legendary tree houses, a deranged grandmother and numerous other bizarrenesses. This year there is a whole new dormitory full of first years that are now at the bottom of the pecking order. Unfortunately, it seems that the torment from the new matrics is going to be much tougher than the previous year.After reading t [...]

    14. Nate says:

      In this book, Spud, who lives in South Africa, returns to his boarding school for his second year. He is part of a gang called the crazy eight that make alot of pranks and funny jokes. By the second year the crazy eight is the most popular dorme in the school and was the most desired room to change in to. The crazy eight consists of Rambo, Vern, Simon, Boggo, Fatty, Roger, Mad Dog and Spud. In the second book you learn more about the crazy eight and their antics which i can relate to of the anti [...]

    15. Katie says:

      Spud: The Madness Continues is just as funny as the first book chronicling Spud’s adventures at boarding school, and this time, his vacation to London with his parents and crazy grandma Wombat. Spud writes with an honest voice, but so many things he experiences seem to be impossible! I suppose it may be harder for me to relate to the physical bullying because I am a girl, but all of Spud’s other concerns are easy to empathize with: mean teachers, crazy family members, breaking up with someon [...]

    16. Ron Bajrami says:

      Spud: The Madness Continues, is about a boy named John Milton (Spud) who lives in south africa, and goes to a boarding school. He is part of a gang called the Crazy Eights, and is popular. The main character is John and he is the narator in the story. The setting is in Durban, South Africa. John's main internal conflict is him being called a spud, he wants to have puberty so he wont be called spud anymore. His main external is him being called spud, he sometimes gets bullied on, and he gets emot [...]

    17. Travispug says:

      Read this one even faster than the first. The same slapstick/loony behavior is still here but now balanced with more serious moments. Spud is growing up after all and life only gets a little more hectic as you grow up. Love, friendship, identity all become more important here. The crazy eight are back in full blast here with more chaotic mischief and off-kilter camaraderie. Now that you got to know them in the first book you're now eagerly reading on to see what mindless shenanigans they come up [...]

    18. Fluffy says:

      The madness really does continue!This book flows straight from the last, not missing a beat. In this one we really get a feel for Spud struggling to identify himself in this madhouse of judgement and expectations. He really is a young boy trying to fit in but be true to himself. We get a great look at his struggles throughout this changing time of his life.I love the casual use of language that is appropriate to the time and age group and also how it sometimes falls in gradually as he picks it u [...]

    19. Mark says:

      Sometimes a good book that revolves around a limited group of characters and plot premise should rest on its laurels, rather than spawn sequels. Such was my reaction to this sequel to the refreshingly entertaining "Spud", which I enjoyed immensely (as I did the movie). I therefore had a high expectation, but disappointingly, I found it to be just a recycling of the same jokes. In fact, I found the whole book structured like a series of unoriginal skits that became a little repetitive and tedious [...]

    20. Gilbert Patten-Elliott says:

      I decided to read this book because I loved the first one in the series.This book completes the "Diary, autobiography or biography" category on my bingo board (It's a diary).This book was just as funny, interesting and superbly written as the first with just a few slightly boring parts.It's great because there is so much stuff going on in Spud's life which makes the book so funny.The only problem were that it was very similar to the first book which made it slightly boring in some parts.It was s [...]

    21. Sandra Visser says:

      An entertaining, compulsive, uncomplicated read with many laugh-out moments. The first book was quite scattershot and Van de Ruit succeeds in creating a more cohesive narrative this time around. Spud's miraculous success with the ladies is still a little hard to swallow, but all his other mishaps and bad luck make him a character to sympathise with. And his naivety and need to be a good person endears him to the reader. There's more cameraderie and less nastiness among the Crazy Eight but Gecko' [...]

    22. Alibiserver says:

      The Madness Continues is virtually an extension of the first book, the tone largely unchanged, but unlike the first book where the atmosphere looms dark at the end, TMC is a darker sequel, much darker than the first one.Van De Ruit’s humor had not diminished in this instalment; here, we still see quirks from the Crazy Eight, introduction of the new first years, the new matrics, the end of the old era, and shocking revelations. There were other things to keep you entertained, like the trip to E [...]

    23. Shehleen Rasul says:

      4/5 starsSo it’s Spud’s second year of high school and, I assure you, it’s crazier than the first. I adored the fact that the gang kept the name The Crazy Eight, despite the Gecko situation. If they started calling themselves ‘The Crazy Seven’ I would have lost it. I am not sure if this book was better than the first or not. It was very funny, and had some plot twists that I should have expected, but didn’t. I also loved how Gecko was mentioned time and time again, it was adorable. B [...]

    24. Jodi says:

      By far one of my favourite books and I don't say that often.I got this book for my 17th birthday i really did not expect to enjoy it because it's about a teenage boy whose balls haven't dropped, but next thing I know I'm crying!.with laughter out loud!!! unable to breathe due to the laughing/crying mess that this book has reduced me to. One of the best birthday presents I've gotten, my favourite out of all the spud books. My book is looking worse for wear on my book shelf because I've read it so [...]

    25. Tiffy says:

      There is alot of funny jokes, funny pranks, and some not so funny punishments, but when it comes down to it. They're still the seven crazy boys(plus a cat) that will not retire there funny crowns just yet. In this book told from John Milton's (a.k.a Spud's) point of view, we grow to love the crazy eight even more than before and with new adventures there is bound to be fun.d just a "hint" of trouble. Some say it is not as good as the first book but I think all the intersting stuff in the second [...]

    26. Liam Jordan says:

      Honestly. this is the most exciting, emotional and greatest book i have read ever. It is a south african based story, about a group of boys at a boarding school in Pretoria. The main character John Milton ( Spud ) is immature for his age and is new at the school. THe story is about John and his family, John making friends and what adventures they get up to when at the school and boarding house. THis book is perfect for the avergae teenage boy who loves laughing and reading. There is humour, roma [...]

    27. Melissa ♥♫ says:

      not quite as good as Spud but i still liked iti would give it 4.8 stars so i'll round up and give it 5it was basically a continuation of Spud and if u haven't read it i suggest u read that first (it will tell u all of the characters names and nicknames and also if they have a position ex. housemaster)if u read Spud a long time ago and don't remember it too well i suggest u re-read it before u read this book

    28. Rebecca says:

      personally i liked the first spud better, but i still liked this one. and i actually can't remember finishing this book so my goal is to re-read it. i remember that this book was a lot more personal and dealt with spud and his english teacher's relationship. i recommend reading the first one before reading this one, but you'll be able to pick up if you start here. i am going to order the third one soon.

    29. Lara says:

      Some of the Crazy Eight are hard to love. You want so much to love them because they are funny, but they can be so unfathomably cruel! Ii bugged me. Seriously, how does anyone go to this school without developing PTSD? And why does Spud hate Sparerib so much? I thought that the Head of House was pretty nice over the Gecko event, and Spud should have cut him a little slack. He was only trying to help him, after all, I feel like Spud would be smart and empathetic enough to get that.

    30. Joe Clifford says:

      It was just as good as the last book. I really liked how it followed on from the first book so well and was not confusing (which i find with a lot of books). It was just as crazy, adventures, funny, romantic and just the whole story on how relatable it is. This is by far the best book/series i have ever read.

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