Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Holy cow I had no idea what in the world I was getting myself into. I told myself I wouldn’t look at any reviews or press beforehand, because I wanted to experience Grasshopper Jungle for myself. When I first started Grasshopper Jungle I thought oh I’m going inside a guy’s head that lives in a small town that is slowly dying out. Little did I know, that is exactly what I was getting, and so much more! I will admit that when it comes to male point of views I expect the best. You see I have fallen in love with male point of views like Felton Reinstein and Nick Gardner.
Austin Szerba is different, from other male point of view books I have read, but just as important! See Austin is a typical teenage boy who can’t stop thinking about sex and shit like that. (His words not mine) I believe it’s important to point out that Austin is dealing with a lot of insecurity about the possibility that he is either gay or bisexual. I look around my book shelves and I don’t think I have another book that deals with this topic from the main male point of view. Teens need to know that they can pick up a book and feel they can relate to the main character.
When I found out about the struggles that Austin was having with his sexuality I thought well this is what the book is about. Right? Well wrong! One night a group of teens accidentally break a globe with a plague that can potentially destroy the world. Austin and his best friend Robby discover what happens and try to fix it. Austin loves his girlfriend Shann who he and Robby spend all their time with and who helps him find the truth about the plague. Austin is obsessed with keeping a history of his life. He writes everything down as he goes about his day and connects the pieces of history. When Austin is lost he spends his time with his dog, Ingrid, who loves him regardless of who he chooses to love.
Grasshopper Jungle is a book that you have to experience. It’s funny saying this as a book reviewer, but block out what everyone is saying! Read Grasshopper Jungle with an open mind and live the life that Austin Szerba lives. Andrew Smith’s writing style is completely unique and a voice that is needed in young adult literature.
Note: There is sex and violence in the book, but would you expect anything less in an “end of the world” type of book?
To learn more about Andrew Smith visit: http://www.authorandrewsmith.com
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