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Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
Dutton Juvenile, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

This was like nothing I have ever read before. Out-of-this-world trippy. I knew going in to it that this wasn’t necessarily my style. It was well done, but not my favorite. I’m proud of myself for trying something new.

I feel like I learned something too - just because one of my favorite authors writes a book, it doesn’t mean that I have to read it. I feel like when I love a book, I’ll love every book by that author so I need to read all of them! I want to read all of the books! However, that’s impossible... We’ll see if I stick to my realization or if I continue to read all of the books my favorite authors write.


  1. This one just seems too weird for me. I'm going to pass on reading it, but I give you props for trying something new and out of your comfort zone!


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