If you know me, then you know I am one of the biggest Andrew Smith fans. One of his earlier novels, The Marbury Lens, completely captured me, and I’ve had my eye on every book he’s released since. I am delighted to report (in this post) that his latest, Grasshopper Jungle, 100% lives up to its hype. And I’m also delighted to giveaway one copy + one #UNSTOPPABLECORN teeshirt.
Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof 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’m always mesmerized by Smith’s prose. I believe he’s the sharpest, most refined YA writer I’ve ever read. Reading a novel of his is just this fantastic, invigorating experience, and the same is true for Grasshopper Jungle. He writes with a painful, beautiful truthfulness.
Austin Szerba’s voice is so very authentic and in Grasshopper Jungle, I found a great friend. I found his interactions—with himself, with his best friend, his girlfriend, people he fucking hated, people he loved—entertaining and interesting and real. The small town in which and he and his friends live is fictional, but from the precise and rich execution of its detail and complexity, you wouldn’t know that.
I go into reading books knowing very little about the plot, and I think that with this book that is especially best. You will marvel at the twists, surprises, and bombs Andrew Smith throws down in Grasshopper Jungle. It, as quite a few before me have already said, is a modern classic.
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