Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
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’ve always enjoyed unique stories. Bizarro is one of my favourite genre after all. This book reminds me of that genre combined with YA, sci fi and coming of age. Three bloggers who’s bookish opinion are always on my radar have read this book with glowing reviews. I thought it time to jump on the Andrew Smith fan girl band wagon and borrowed this one from my local library. It’s a delightfully freakish wtf kind of book that will make you ponder an authors sanity or applaud at their wild and vivid imagination. Grasshopper Jungle is like a kung fu ninja smack in the face of everything the imagination can think of and some I suspect only Andrew Smiths could come up with as well as the kitchen sink thrown in.
I’m not sure how I should describe the book other than the end of the wold with monster bugs, a confused kid who is quite the historian, his best friend, his girlfriend, lots of Polish people, tons of pizza, things preserved in jars that just are so wrong, more sperm than one should ever envision, bullies, sex and horny kids … but wait there’s more. Dissolved balls, balls blown off, underground silo’s, weird clothing that don’t hide erections ( must get that corrected ) fucking and eating and lots of dying. That’s not even the half of it. Really.
Its funny, insightful, wild and insane. A book that some sad sorry person will surely attempt to ban but one that instead should be handed to kids with a read this right now dose of encouragement. One to add to the reading pile for sure.