Grasshopper Jungle (Andrew Smith)

Article by liz

Austin Szczerba is confused. He’s in love with his girlfriend AND his best friend—oh, and there’s a plague of giant mutant praying mantises running amok in his town, about to destroy the world. This book is not for the faint-hearted: even setting aside the giant mutant mantises eating people and each other, Austin is at times painfully frank about his tangled-up desires, and like any sixteen year-old, his language sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. But that’s what makes this book so great: it’s the most incredibly, vividly real book about teens I've ever read. (Despite, y’know, giant mutant mantises.) I wish I could have had this book when I was sixteen—it’s an authentic, funny, and incredibly brave story about kids just trying to figure themselves out…and not get eaten.

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ISBN: 9780525426035
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton Books - February 11th, 2014

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