"Grasshopper Jungle ... is pretty gross, but definitely unique. How it began was most certainly strange, and the taking over of the bugs was a little more graphic than what I've seen in YA before. (Not a bad thing.) It made me think of a really campy B movie, which is a compliment. I was never tense or scared, but it was a fun ickfest.
Grasshopper Jungle is gross, weird, unique, and something that I think both teens and adults will love. I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and I will be reading Andrew Winger's past works.
In celebration of Grasshopper Jungle's paperback release yesterday (and in anticipation of their really fun upcoming campaign), our friends at Penguin has provided me with a copy to give away. You can read more about the book below, and be sure to come back next month for more giveaways and a review of Smith's newest novel, The Alex Crow!
About the Book
Title: Grasshopper Jungle
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Paperback Release Date: February 17, 2015
“Raunchy, bizarre, smart and compelling.” –Rolling Stone
“Grasshopper Jungle is simultaneously creepy and hilarious. Reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut’s in 'Slaughterhouse Five,' in the best sense.” –New York Times Book Review
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.
You know what I mean.
Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.
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About the Author
He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle, a starred novel by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness, is his seventh novel.
He lives in Southern California.
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