Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - review

Gross yet hilarious, witty, and unimaginably crazily truthful, Grasshopper Jungle, is one tale, complete with the tackling-homosexuality element you do NOT want to miss!

Our history is a series of pictures; a documentation of things that have happened in time gone by, so that we will, hopefully, learn what to do in the future and not make the same mistakes over and over. Everybody believes the version of history they read. Why wouldn't they? And yet, History is also an abbreviation. Not every single, minute little detail is recorded for the next generations to discover.

History, to Austin Szerba is not this. It is a series of things that interconnect so intricately that you will never find it unless you really look.

To him, for history to be true, it has to contain everything. How else will a young Polish teen who is confused about his sexuality supposed to believe it? How else would anybody believe it? This version of history is true, and complete. It contains everything and more. It is also the only documentation of the end of the world; the end of the world that nobody knew was coming!

The strain plague 412E was genetically constructed in the 1960's, but only saw the day of light in the 21st century in the form of six foot tall praying mantises, that want only two things. Invincible, with the potential to make humans the second on the food charts, you would have to actually look at them to believe that they actually exist. The end of the world is upon us. And only three teenagers know - the Polish boy, his girlfriend and his gay best friend, that the Polish boy may or may not be in love with.

This is their history - The full, uncorrected version. It's how they survived. It's everything you need to know …

This book will shock you. For the first half, I had no idea what I was reading to be exact - I just knew I couldn't put it down! The second half, I think my nose literally fell into the book, that's how addicting it got. It was hilarious to the point I couldn't take it anymore, weird to the point I didn't know why I was laughing and SO strange that I kept wondering what was going to happen next. It's very hard to form coherent thoughts while reading, it feels like another dimension altogether where rationality doesn't have a place! I LOVED IT!

With crude, gross descriptions about everything and anything, fair warning, if you can't get past that, well, you might not like this. Definitely for older teens, with the underlying message that it's okay to be just who you are - straight or not - and learn to love yourself for just that!

After all, history will show us that this book is a CLASSIC!

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