August 6, 2018

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith | Review

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith | ReviewGrasshopper Jungle on March 1, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.
This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.
Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner.

I remember wanting to pick this one up for years, and eventually I ended up winning a giveaway which let me book any book. I picked Grasshopper Jungle, and I even got the pretty UK version. Yet I never picked it up. On my shelf it sat as years passed by. Finally, this summer, I decided to pick it up and give it a shot.

what i liked

  • The whole book is written as if everything already happened. Austin is documenting everything that happened, which adds for a very interesting dimension to the story.
  •  I was asking myself what I was reading about 80% of the time. This book was so freaking weird, so of course I had to keep reading. Sometimes I was questioning the fact that I was even reading this, that’s how weird it was.
  • The book and the characters are so humorous. The writing style was great, and I loved Austin. He was a pretty funny guy and I loved reading through him. Honestly, he will be trying to tell you one interesting thing that happened and then he will randomly go into this really deep story about his grandfather or his Polish heritage. He also explains every single color in relation to food.
  • The bromance/romance. There’s a little bit of both, and I loved Robby and Austin.

what i didn’t like

  • It was kind of slow at times. I had to push through it a bit.

I recommend picking this one up if you’re okay with vulgar language. It’s a very interesting story, and I really don’t regret reading it.

  1. Sam Kozbial says:

    Funny you mention this being weird. My first two Smith books were the Winger books. They were pretty straight forward, but recently, I read 100 Sideway Miles, and it was strange. Good, but strange. I am glad he continues his tradition of featuring great bromances. He really does that well, and I love seeing healthy relationships between males in books.

  2. Despite the fact Grasshopper Jungle was slow, I'm glad you really enjoyed it – weirdness and all. Sometimes weird is good. 😅

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