Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Book Description

February 11, 2014
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.

Review –
“GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE is an absolutely brilliant book. Andrew Smith is a genius the way he weaves the stories of Austin’s ancestors, his conflicting feelings about Shann and Robby, and the total destruction of the human race into one amazing book.” from a review by Karin Perry on GoodReads.
I used a bit of Karin’s review because she says everything I want to say, but she does it so much better.
There are not enough good words to say about this book. Once it gets started there is no stopping it-kinda like an UNSTOPPABLE SOLDIER. (You’ll have to read the book to see what that is) We learn all about Austin’s ethnic background, his love for Shann and Robby, his confusion as to his own sexual orientation, and his feelings about the end of the world.
Truly a book that will stay with me for a long time and I will never look at a praying mantis in the same way again.

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