Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle

A History

Book - 2014
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"Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
[Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Group USA, 2014.
ISBN: 9780525426035
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 22 cm.
Study Program: Reading Counts RC High School 6.3 23 Quiz: 63208.
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 16.0 165472.
Call Number: FIC


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Jun 16, 2017

I have read Winger by Andrew Smith and really enjoyed the narration. I was not disappointed by Smith's Grasshopper Jungle.

I loved the frequent philosophical conversations and thoughts that occurred. Also, it wasn't gory, which is nice.

AL_JANETW Oct 05, 2016

Enjoyed the writers style immensely; quirky and creative. He manages to mix plot line, characterization and irrelevant details in a most engaging way.

Aug 27, 2016

Grasshopper Jungle is a science fiction, apocalyptic, and coming of age novel told from the eyes of a 16-year-old Austin Szerba, the protagonist and the narrator of the story, who also happens to be a historian at times. As Austin tries to overcome his own confusion about his sexuality, he and his best friend also unleash gigantic man-eating praying mantises that hobbies include eat and mate. With Austin’s uncensored way of telling the history of the apocalypse and his Polish ancestors; the explicitness of it sparks humour from time to time. An easy read young adult literature that may require patience for Austin’s method in retelling the history of the new humans. 4/5 - @jackbittle of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 25, 2016

{SPOILERS...kinda} What an...odd..interesting book. I couldn't stop reading it because I was convinced there would be leading up to this epic..and definite ending. As anticlimactic as the ending was, I didn't feel let down. So I guess that's good? I will warn that while the book is hilarious and at times, thrilling; you'll need a LOT of patience to get through it as Austin is a champion at going on 5 different tangents about the most ridiculous things. Also, on a side note, it's hard to believe that these characters are not smoking something stronger than cigarettes based on the chill way they handle their world being taken over by man-eating grasshoppers.

May 31, 2016

Honestly, what even was the plot of this book? Haha - giant praying mantis apocalypse with really intense world-building and a healthy dose of teenage sexual confusion. I really enjoyed this book, but you can't really like it unless you decide not to take it completely seriously. Also, don't expect the ending to work out or be super satisfying. But it's fun, I promise. And at times really moving, too.

Mar 16, 2016

I agree with a lot of the comments already made. The writing style is pretty interesting - but the repetition gets very annoying (I just started to skip the entire paragraphs that seemed to be included every 3-4 pages). The sexuality confusion came across as truthful and interesting but any "science" doesn't even try to be thought out.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Austin is brilliantly funny in his matter-of-fact take on the end of the world, but it is not all wisecracks and violence. Even amidst the sarcasm, we find genuine moments of emotion for these teens. They struggle for not only survival, but understanding who they really are.

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Fredinthelibrary Jun 25, 2015

Not my favourite of Smith's but a great story none-the-less. As usual, he creates a complicated puzzle with all the pieces falling into place at the end. Chatty, complicated and weirdly fun.

May 27, 2015

I did not hate this book but I was definitely not a fan. There were parts I liked I enjoyed the subplot with Austin's confused Sexuality. But you can only read the words Balls piss and the s word some many times with out getting highly annoyed. most likely to appeal to a pre teen and early teenage boys who can giggle ant all the "dirty" words.

May 07, 2015

This is the best book I've read in a long time - and not just for young adults. Witty, highly entertaining, completely original. Hop to the shelf and grab it!

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Jun 16, 2017

"Where else would things fall, if not into place? It's not like things are just going to float away. Gravity works."

Jun 13, 2015

"Don't try too hard."

Oct 22, 2014

"I was going to do something I'd never done, and do things I could not understand and never believed existed.

This is history, and this is also the truth."

Oct 22, 2014

". . .Heinreich Fuchs researched in Splugen.

There were a lot of Fuchs in Splugen.

Splugen was full of dumb Fuchs."


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Oct 20, 2014

CraigGraziano thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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LibraryK8 Jun 06, 2014

Behold the history of the end of the world - by Austin Szerba. The end of the world does not start with a bang or a bomb, or an ultimatum from outer space. It begins (and ends) in Ealing, Iowa, in Grasshopper Jungle, the parking lot behind the strip mall containing a pizza place, the liqueur store and the second-hand store. It begins when Austin and his best friend Robby (who is is pretty sure he is in love with) are bullied by the local small-town thugs who will never amount to anything (because they are not bright enough too and because they will shortly die). The fate of the world is sealed when said thugs break into the second-hand store to steal a glowing glass ball. The world is doomed when they break it open and unleash a plague of carnivorous giant insects on the world. Austin records everything (that is not an overstatement) that happens.


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