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
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
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
The narrator is just ......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
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
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
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Austin is not lying when he promises that within the pages of ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ there are “babies with two heads, insects...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
Most people are probably sick of dystopian or Armageddon novels, and to those people i say... read this book! This isn't just an end of the world novel, it's also filled with dark humor, sexuality, teenage love, confusion, and ever...more
This is a book featuring two 15-year-old boys who are best friends, cigarette demons, and kids prone to saying "Uh..." and "Um..." a lot. Robby is gay. Austin is confused. Shann, the all-Iowan girl next door, is Austin's love interest. While all that is going on, the world is ending. But of course.
Andrew Smith's Apocalypse Now is set in Ealing, Iowa, where a now-deceased scientist's mad experiments gain new life when thugs steal and drop a ball of glowing liquid that feeds on spilled bloo...more
I'm really struggling with writing this review because I basically just want to say "Holy shit what did I just read" and then tell you to go read it, although it will be the weirdest and strangest coming of age book you've read in a long long time.
Andrew Smith is pretty much just a genious when it comes to writing. And I mean writing anything in general. He has this feel throughout his books of surreality, but it is also rooted in absolute reality and everyday mundane aspects of human life. Aus...more
Is it February already? Where in the world has this month gone? I was to wrapped up in rethinking my personal history, creating an #unstoppable lifestyle and thinking about how I was going to tell and create my own slice of opinion within this bright green blockbuster young adult book’s launch....more
The writing and the format in Grasshopper Jungle were strong and for the most part I enjoyed how it all overlapped and circled back on each other but other times it felt distracting. I found myself a bit dazzled by the self aware narration and the shiny cover that I had to step back to actually see what I thought of the story.
And I think that I am very glad to not be sixteen or a boy.
If dystopia for girls (sorry, but it's true) is about girl power and action and the rest, why wouldn't the dystopian world of a teen boy be one of giant praying mantises getting busy. (To be true to the Andrew Smith world, substitute the "f" word, if it suits you) It's all about what you are working on, inside.
One could call this a humorous cautionary tale. If one wanted.
This one, me, wants to make it more about something else.
What we know about Andrew Smith...more