Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle

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"A cool/passionate, gay/straight, male/female, absurd/real, funny/moving, past/present, breezy/profound masterpiece of a book." (Michael Grant, bestselling author of the GONE series). If you're a fan of John Green, Michael Grant, Stephen King or Sally Green's Half Bad, get your pincers stuck into this. 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. Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner. Look out for Andrew's latest exciting novel The Alex Crow. Praise for Grasshopper Jungle: "If you only read one book this year about sexually confused teens battling 6 foot tall head-chomping praying mantises in small town America, make it this one." (Charlie Higson, author of the bestselling Young Bond series). "I devoured @marburyjack's wonderful 'cool/passionate' Grasshopper Jungle". (Sally Green, author of Half Bad). "Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. You must read immediately. It's an absolute joy. Scary, funny, sexy. Trust me." (Jake Shears, lead singer of The Scissor Sisters). "Not for the faint-hearted. Mutant grasshoppers, rampant lust - a tale of teen self discovery that grips like a mating mantis." (Metro). Andrew Smith has always wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he wrote for newspapers and radio stations, but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, before settling down in Southern California. There, he got his first 'real job', as a teacher in an alternative educational program for at-risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Smith has now written several award-winning YA novels including Winger, Stick, and Grasshopper Jungle.show more

Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 275g
  • Egmont UK Ltd
  • Electric Monkey
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405273410
  • 9781405273411
  • 23,582

About Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith has always wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he wrote for newspapers and radio stations, but found it wasn't the kind of writing he'd dreamed about doing. Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, before settling down in Southern California. There, he got his first 'real job', as a teacher in an alternative educational program for at-risk teens, married, and moved to a rural mountain location. Smith has now written several award-winning YA novels; Grasshopper Jungle is his seventh and the first to be published in the UK. He lives with his wife, two children, two horses, three dogs, three cats and one irritable lizard named Leo. You can learn more at authorandrewsmith.com and follow him on Twitter: @marburyjackshow more

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Praise for Grasshopper Jungle 'A cool/passionate, gay/straight, male/female, absurd/real, funny/moving, past/present, breezy/profound masterpiece of a book.' Michael Grant, bestselling author of the GONE series. 'If you only read one book this year about sexually confused teens battling 6 foot tall head-chomping praying mantises in small town America, make it this one.' Charlie Higson, author of the bestselling Young Bond series. 'I devoured @marburyjack's wonderful 'cool/passionate' Grasshopper Jungle'. Sally Green, author of Half Bad. 'Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. You must read immediately. It's an absolute joy. Scary, funny, sexy. Trust me.' Jake Shears, lead singer of The Scissor Sisters 'Not for the faint-hearted. Mutant grasshoppers, rampant lust - a tale of teen self discovery that grips like a mating mantis.' Metroshow more

Our customer reviews

This is such an interesting and unique book. The narration style is fascinating, the plot is engaging, and the characters are dynamic. What makes this book stand out the most is the retrospective narration style. Austin is writing down everything that’s already happened in chronological order, detailing both events he partook in during those weeks and what was happening at the same time elsewhere. Austin tries to be a brutally and painfully honest historian. He’ll go from describing these interesting tangents about what he and Robby were doing in one moment to detailing what Robby’s mom and his own parents were doing in that exact moment. It gives the story a full feeling, if that makes any sense. I loved that there are two equally distinct stories in this book, one of which is plot-driven while the other is character-driven. The whole end of the world story by deadly praying mantises is awesome. It’s a science gone wrong story at it’s finest and is wonderfully reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. The end of the human world by praying mantises is now one of my new favorite ways to image our end. But it’s the character-driven parts of the story that quickly became my favorite parts while reading. At the core, this book is a coming-of-age story. Austin is in love with both a girl and a boy and is trying to come to terms with all of that. His sexual confusion is so realistically written that the reader feels his emotions with him. Austin and Robby’s story is just so wonderful. I loved it. As much as this is a story about the end of the world by giant bugs, it’s also a strong coming-of-age story about friendship, honesty, sexuality, and love. Now I know that this book probably won’t be for everyone, but I highly recommend it. If you’re into apocalyptic stories, anything Kurt Vonnegut-like, or offbeat coming-of-age stories, you should definitely check it out.show more
by Ryann Dannelly