This post contains a review and a bookish manicure.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Published February 1, 2014 by Hardie Grant Egmont
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars
From the blurb: I read somewhere that human beings are genetically predisposed to record history. We believe it will prevent us from doing stupid things in the future.This is my history. There are things in here: babies with two heads, insects as big as electric guitars, god, the devil, limbless warriors, rocket ships, sex, diving bells, theft, wars, monsters, internal combustion engines, love, cigarettes, joy, bomb shelters, pizza, and cruelty.Just like it’s always been.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is set in the fictional town of Ealing, Iowa. Sixteen year old Austin Szerba lives with his parents, and his older brother, Eric, is overseas in Afghanistan. He spends most of his time skateboarding with best friend Robby Brees, as well as hanging out with girlfriend Shana Collins. He keeps a history of his life, documented in notebooks.
I don’t even know where to start with this book. It won’t be for everyone but I really admire an author that sets out to write what they want to write, rather than writing what they think or know their audience will want to read. Snaps for Andrew Smith.
The beginning of this novel is a perfect example of contemporary YA. Austin’s thoughts felt so true to life, it was like sharing the most intimate thoughts of an average teenager. I respected his friendship with Robby, he has no issues with him being gay, and he’ll stand by him even when local boys show up to give them a beating.
Once the virus is released and giant bugs start populating their town things did get a little weird, gross to be more accurate. But the story was still excellent and the repetitive way Austin told his story was enjoyable to read because it was used with purpose. The sci fi element was odd, intriguing and I had no idea where this story was going to go. I think there will be teens who’ll love this book. It’s clever, unique, weird, and funny.
Thank you to the fantastic people at Hardie Grant Egmont for my review copy.
This is a really simple cover but I still wanted to paint my nails to match, it's not every day that I paint my nails neon green. However, neon green does not photograph well and I layered it over white to make it pop and that seems to show through. So, this is not my best work but I'm sharing it anyway!
I used 2 coats of L.A Girl Brites Kryptonite over China Glaze White Out. I used a fine brush and acrylic paint for the antennae.