Rating: WHAT THE HECK EVEN WAS THAT AND WHY THE HECK DID I LIKE IT I think my brains are on the floor
Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs
The end of the world began at about 2:00 a.m., around three-and-a-half feet away from a discarded floral-print sleeper sofa infested with pubic lice in Ealing, Iowa.
I read a lot of books. The more I read, the easier it is to review them. I become accustomed to formulas. I learn to recognize cues. The elements that go into judging and analyzing a novel are far...more
I happened to be at the American Library Association annual conference this year and I happened to see Andrew Smith announce online that the very first bound copies of his not yet copyedited manuscript would be available at the Penguin Young Readers booth to those who asked. I was excited. They weren't even ready yet on Friday when the exhibits opened, that's how brand new these were, and I had to go back on Saturday to get an 8 1/2" x 11",...more
I loved Austin and Robby's relationship. But I hated how Austin treated all females in the story. Robby points out how Austin is incredibly selfish and that's spot on. He left out the part where Aus...more
Grasshopper Jungle follows a sexually confused Polish boy named Austin, Austin lives in a boring small Iowan town were all he does is skateboard and smoke cigarettes with his best friend Robby. However, due to some very complicated yet not so complicated events Austin and his friend Robby unl...more
So. How to put this? Grasshopper Jungle was weird. Weird, for me falls into three categories. There's good weird, where you just love the quirkiness and originality, WTF weird, which literally makes you think: "What the fuck was that?" and Mel weird--where you act like me. Total psycho and creepy all at once. Grasshopper Jungle falls into all these categories. So yes, I guess the only word fitting for this book is weird. You'd think this book and I w...more
The narrator is just ......more
Andrew Smith has not forgotten what it's like to be a sexually-frustrated teenager. Our MC, Austin, jum...more
Second read finished: 30 January, 2014
I just re-read Andrew Smith's Grasshopper Jungle, and although I understood and acknowledged the artistry and purpose, the ideas and themes inherent throughout Grasshopper Jungle after the first read, the second reading made my perception of this novel so much stronger and grounded.
You think you know what ‘Young Adult’ is, but you don’t. You think it’s all teen angst; it’s not. Paranormal… Dystopian… When you read Y...more
This books begins like so many others – an angsty teen lets us in on his pathetic little life. Austin is Polish and might be gay. He’s always horny and likes to draw and keep track of history in his journal. He lives in Iowa and has a real dynamo of a dog who is great at taking dumps. He’s Polish and he might be gay. He’s definitely horny. Did I mention some of that already? Well, if I say it 57,000 more times I’ll maybe come close to...more
For those of you who are thinking about picking up this novel, please do. It's a coming of age story about a small town Polish lutheran boy named Austin who is uncertain about life, his sexuality, and the future that awaits him. However, in the background, slowly but surely, there is an outbreak that is causing the local tow...more
Ok, so let me just start out by saying that this book is weird. REALLY WEIRD. But it was written in such a way that it didn't make me want to stop reading it at any time.
The first 150 pages or so of this book seem like a pretty typical contemporary YA novel; we are introduced to Austin Szerba, who is a very horny 16-year-old boy with a gay best friend named Robby.
The book soon begins to transform as Austin and Robby do a...more
Basically, this is the story of three teens (two boys and a girl) and their relationships with each other...as 6-foot praying mantises take over their small Iowa town. It's also about the history of Austin's family, the purpose of history, bullying, sexual orientation, urinals, bad movies, theft, do...more
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I think I may have enjoyed this more if I had read it instead of listening to the audiobook. The narrator's voice was so robotic and made me want to slam my head against a wall. I fell asleep a lot and had to keep restarting chapters.
I also don't really understand what was happening? The world was ending? Bugs were invading human bodies? Oh, well, not a single fuck was given that day.
I was interested in the MC's struggle with his sexual identity, but the cons I mentioned kept me from contin...more
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Andrew Smith is the author of one of my favorite series The Marbury Lens. I had high expectations when going into this young adult novel called The Grasshopper Jungle. Once again, it is the writing style that makes this a successful book. Andrew Smith knows how to write the coming of age tale with fantastical twists.
The Grasshopper Jungle is a fun take on the post apocalyptic genre. This book is narrated from the point of view of our young sexually confused protagonist named Austin Szerb...more
Grasshopper Jungle is the strangest book I've ever read. At the surface, it's a book about a boy whose town gets invaded by giant horny grasshoppers, but it's truly so much more. This is a hilarious, coming-of-age story about self-discovery and the human condition. I've never read a book where an author has captured the strange, alien feelings that come with being a teenager better. Andrew Smith gets it, he understands that being a teenager is confusing...more
GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE is a beautiful, terrifying, soaring, back-flip of a coming-of-age tale. Finally, an author has caught on the page how high the stakes feel when trying to figure out on which side one's bread is buttered. In this book, those stakes are literally life and death as the fate of th...more