...when you sneak in the last three chapters on the reference desk and pray no one saw you tear up. Twice. Bravo, Tim (as always)!
Full review: You know...more...when you sneak in the last three chapters on the reference desk and pray no one saw you tear up. Twice. Bravo, Tim (as always)!
Full review: You know what this world needs? Instant, microwavable cupcakes and more books just like this one! Books that are smart, funny, clever, and full of literal laugh out loud moments. More books about boys who just happen to be a little on the short side with ordinary non-Bieber hair who think other boys are cuter than girls. Specifically, more books with gay characters that don't make homosexuality "a thing" or a theme or anything. Don't get me wrong, we need those books too, but we also need stories that approach homosexuality subtlety. No mention about Nate's sexuality in the premise or even in the first chapter. Just not necessary. Nate is a one-of-a-kind Broadway nut and personality that is larger than life. I would honestly hang out with this kid if he were real (I think he is real, but just a little older....uh-hem, Mr. Federle).
Besides Nate being an absolute doll that I want to carry in my pocket, I also love his best friend Libby. She is supportive and knows exactly what to say to Nate to make him feel like he can do and be anything - all this from another state. We all need a little bit of Libby in our lives. Nate meets some new friends when he starts rehearsals for E.T. and one relationship takes a sweet turn to the awe in the end.
Can't recommend enough! Be sure to start with Better Nate Than Ever so you can fall in love with Nate from the very beginning!(less)
So my friend wrote this book and it's amazing. You may want to grab a can of Raid and a pack of smokes before reading - it's a bumpy ride! (more to co...moreSo my friend wrote this book and it's amazing. You may want to grab a can of Raid and a pack of smokes before reading - it's a bumpy ride! (more to come...)
Full review: I am totally jazzed up for the world to read this book! If you've read a Smith book before you can expect the unexpected. Cliche? Maybe, but so very true. In Grasshopper Jungle, we meet Austin, his best friend Robbie, and Austin's girlfriend Shann as giant-sized grasshoppers eat their way through the town and bring on the end of the world. In true Smith fashion, the three teenagers experience some pretty twisted and disgusting stuff, meet interesting people, cuss a whole hell of a lot, and find themselves watching old science videos in a secret underground bunker. You know, intriguing stuff only Smith can pull off.
I always have a hard time reviewing books I love - so much easier picking out things that just don't work in stories - and this one is one-of-a-kind story is no exception. Everything just worked in this book; the obsessions with the truth, the crazy love, the flip-flopping to stories of love from previous generations...everything just worked. When people say a story is a page turner or un-put-downable, this is the book that comes to my mind. You'll be hearing a lot about this book. Some people won't get it, some peopel (like me) will have a hard time explaining why they loved it, and hopefully all will give this jacked-up grasshopper book with a crazy neon cover a chance. Do yourself a favor and get on the #unstoppablecorn train now.(less)