Simon & Schuster, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.
Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.
So I loved Winger, but Grasshopper Jungle weirded me out a bit. I didn’t know what I was in for with this title. After reading it, I found it to be somewhere in between the two.
I loved the characters, like I usually do with Andrew Smith’s books. He has a real talent for making the reader feel like he or she knows the characters. I found the ending to be somewhat unrealistic but exciting and interesting. I’m glad I read this book.