Feb 5, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
February 11th, 2014 from Dutton Juvenile

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of 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.


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.

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15 comments:

  1. I have an ARC, but I'm still entering because I really want the T-shirt. (And a finished copy would be nice . . . ) This book is so good.

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  2. Thanks for posting, Jen. You rock my world. Love you madly. xx

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  3. I loved this book and all of its crazy glory. I really hope it finds an audience that appreciates it!

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  4. I preordered yesterday and can't wait to read......you nailed it! Expect unexpected with Andrew Smith....

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  5. I can't wait to read this one. I loved WINGER and my students are all enjoying it as well.

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  6. This book is getting a lot of buzz. I hope I can get to read it soon. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

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  7. So excited to receive this book after hearing someone at Penguin talk about it at a conference.

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! Looking forward to this one.

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  9. I've started reading a lot about this book recently, interested to see what it is all about.

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  10. What a unique concept for a book! Definitely on my want-to-read list!
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  11. I was initially interested in this book because John Green said good things about it, and the more I read about it (in reviews), the more intrigued I become. The army of 6 foot tall praying mantises sounds insane in a good way.

    And I can relate to loving books but just not being able to describe why. Books that blow my mind leave me speechless. :]

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  12. (This is Darith L)

    This book sounds like a satirical, apocalyptic novel that doesn't take itself too seriously! I'd love to read it. :D

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  13. Thanks for the review. Hope I win the book and shirt!! Can't wait to read it.

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  14. I read a sample of this book and am so excited to read the whole thing!

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