Saturday, February 15, 2014

Grasshopper Jungle

What in the name of all things holy did I just read?!?! I don't really know, but I loved every second of it!! Teenage boys are going to LOVE this book. And I foresee it being banned at most school libraries. Which will hopefully spur more kids to read it! Ahh soo good!

Most people are probably sick of dystopian or Armageddon novels, and to those people i say... read this book! This isn't just an end of the world novel, it's also filled with dark humor, sexuality, teenage love, confusion, and every other possible emotion that a teenage boy is capable of feeling. It's funny, inappropriate, and deeply personal all in one go.

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin is in love. He loves his girlfriend Shann, and... his best friend Robby who just so happens to be gay. He can't make heads or tails of his feelings. Is he gay too? Bisexual? Experimenting? Before he can properly figure out the answer to questions, Ealing is overrun with giant six foot tall praying mantises that only want to do one of two things. Eat or fuck (kind of like teenage boys).

Even though this is an outrageous tale, the characters seem totally real as does the serious points the author makes about scientific research done for the sake of profit at the expense of mankind.

An absolute must read. For fans of young adult literature, dystopians, black humor, gonzo writing, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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