Welcome to week 2 of August! I know it technically started yesterday, but whatever–it’s summer! haha my days sometimes float together. Anyway, I’m super pumped that I was able to stay consistent and post every day last week. I’m trying to keep to that schedule for the rest of the month. If you missed yesterday’s post on the Pokémon ReadAThon, you can take a look here. On another note, who else is watching the Rio Olympics?? I just watched the synchronized diving last night and OMGosh it was crazy! I swear the Chinese team was not human haha their dives were that crazy good! The American and British teams did really well also 🙂 What event are you watching/looking forward too?
Today’s review is on a bit of a weird book. I enjoyed it, but also didn’t at the same time haha. Check below for all my thoughts 🙂
Also, if you’re sort on time, then check out my Need to Know section for a quick summary of my review!Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Series: Grasshopper Jungle #1
Published by Dutton Books on 11 February 2014
Genres: YA Science Fiction, YA LGBTQ
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.
Ownership: Borrowed from the library
Genre: YA dystopia; LGBTQIA+
Publisher: Dutton Books
Price: $18.99 (hardcover)
Place: Amazon, B & N, Book Depository, GoodReads, IndieBound
- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith follows Austin, his best friend Robby, and his girlfriend Shann. Austin is confused about his girlfriend & his best friend Robby. One night Austin & Robby accidentally play a part in starting the end of the world. Now Austin & Robby and the town of Ealing, Iowa have to survive an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises.
- I mainly enjoyed reading this book. Austin had an authentic voice and I enjoyed the teenage-boy point of view that I don’t always read as I gravitate to female POVs.
- The main reason this book was only three stars for me was because of Austin’s narration by the end. Austin tends to repeat a lot of information over and over again. While at the beginning I just went along with it as a quirk of the MC, by the end of the novel I was annoyed with reading the same information again and again.
- This novel content wise is definitely a weird one! When the praying mantises start popping up (in a very um interesting way haha), the weird stuff begins. I don’t think that the weirdness was all from the praying mantises. Most of the weird to me had to do with Dr. McKeon and all the stuff surrounding the “release” of the praying mantises.
- The pacing of the novel was a little slow. I think this had to do with a lot of Austin’s outtakes and repetition of information.
- 3 stars. In the end I did enjoy the book for the most part. The narration was a bit of a struggle for me towards the end. I didn’t really end up liking Austin all that much, but I’m not sure if you were supposed to or not. I would recommend this if you’re looking for an interesting dystopian/apocalyptic story or a story with LGBTQIA+ elements.
Polish kids have natural and persistent bags under their eyes. I think we evolved through a lot of sleepless nights or shit like that. (p. 78)
Transient is a nice way of saying homeless. Homeless makes people think of despair. It makes you think that the United States of America doesn’t care about people. Transient sounds like you have a case of wanderlust. Wanderlust is part of the American Spirit. (p. 137)
History is full of shit like that.
All roads intersect on pages on my desk.
All roads spring up along trails worn down by boys on bikes.
All roads lead past shooting ranges, liquor stores, and gay bars.
Wanderlust is part of the American Spirit. (p. 137)
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read this book! If you have, what are your thoughts on Austin, Robby & Shann? The praying mantises taking over Iowa? Have a favorite scene or quote? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, Happy Reading!
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