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  • Posted April 6, 2014

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    3.5 stars. Austin a.k.a Porcupine and Robby are 10th graders at

    3.5 stars.
    Austin a.k.a Porcupine and Robby are 10th graders at Curtis Cane Lutheran Academy. These two are so different from one another which make their friendship so great and unique. Robby has a car, his mother buys him cigarettes and he is also a homosexual. Austin feels disconnected from his parents, he has a girlfriend and yet he is uncertain about his sexuality. The boys at the high school like to pick on them and after an altercation, Austin and Robby’s skateboards and shoes are now on top of the Pancake House at the dwindling Ealing Mall. After closing, the boys decide to get their things and while they are up on the roof, they locate a trapdoor to the Attic to Stellar Consignment Shop. Temptation strikes! The boys make their way into the closed shop. Being familiar with this store, Austin shows Robby the highlights but the real showcase is the owner’s private office. Being new territory for both the boys, the office is like a freak show. Strange and intriguing items line the office shelves and just as the boys are getting familiar with these items, they hear voices. The same high school boys who had the perfect aim with their boards and shoes are now inside the shop. Austin and Robby hide while the older boys check out the office and they stop at the same glass-sealed globe that had Austin and Robby’s attention just a few minutes ago. The world would have been a better and quieter place had the boys learned and followed the manners someone should have taught them about leaving things alone that do not belong to them but in this case, the town of Ealing will never be the same. As the amount of victims count starts to rise, no one seems to know what is happening; the world is oblivious to what is occurring in Iowa. Austin, a history recorder, has another event for the books as these six-legged, sex-crazed bugs hatch out of the citizens of his small town.

    It was definitely a fun, crazy read. I really enjoyed the plot as the three friends tried to handle the crisis together while their town was falling apart. Austin and Robby had a great friendship and I liked that they were totally different in a lot of distinct ways, they complimented each other. The story moves in a fast pace and I didn’t want to put the book down until I had finished the last page. Austin was so confused about his sexuality and both Robby and his girlfriend Shann knew this. Sex was talked about a lot in this book as they both pondered issues dealing with their sexuality, both in a serious and a light tone. Austin was so serious about recording history and he wanted to get things down so people in the future would not forget. There were times when I was reading that I was getting frustrated as the words kept repeating themselves. I don’t mind reading someone twice but after reading something three times and I was ready to scream, “I know this already, move on!” The author liked to poke fun of the people of Iowa and being from Iowa, some of them were funny. Don’t get me wrong, just because I am from the state does not make me upset about these but I think there were too many of them. Just like the repeated information, I felt this line was repeated and it lost its effect. “Food descriptions work well in Iowa, women in Iowa wear them (hairnets), in Iowa, there are cameras trained on corn, people in Iowa like to bowl.” These are just a few of the many punches Andrew had and I had to laugh at some of them but others, they just lost their effect. Lots of imagination going on in this book, it’s quirky, great sci-fi and it will definitely make you smile. For mature readers only as the language and subject matter is strong.

    Thank you Goodreads and the publisher for this copy. I was a First-Reads winner of this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Phenomenal

    I don't want to seem too hyperbolic, but this might be the best YA novel I've ever read. For what seems like the first time in YA history, we're presented with a narrator who most definitely is a sixteen-year-old boy, hypersexuality and all. I could praise the book for its balls-to-the-wall sci-fi horror action, for its nuanced and surprisingly accurate treatment of bisexuality, for its slipstreaming writing style that takes it from one end of history to the other, but instead I'll praise it for taking risks and being brave and honest in a publishing culture that seems to strive for homogeneity. Read this freaking book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

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    GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, Andrew Smith-ISBN 978-0525426035 The end of

    GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, Andrew Smith-ISBN 978-0525426035
    The end of time waltzes in like the biblical plague of locusts. What once was a soothing sound while sleeping under the stars and a favored bug of child’s play has evolved into a nightmare that doesn’t go away when awake. This once controlled insect seems to have taken human form and it is no longer satisfied eating plant life, with its prehistoric, futuristic, dinosaur, bugman looks and actions it will not be long before the world dies as these things feast on man.

    A couple of teens take it upon themselves to trace the origins of this new beast. Can it be destroyed? Perhaps the kids will be destroyed. As crazy as this dino-manbug sounds (my words, not the authors) the author balances humor with nature and fear very well and creates a very interesting world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    I ordered this book with one of my grandchildren in mind. When I

    I ordered this book with one of my grandchildren in mind. When I choose books for my grands, I read them first and try to imagine whether or not the parental units will approve.

    This book probably has no literary merit at all, but I give it five stars based on how I felt as I read it. It's a romp into the thoughts of a teenaged boy and his meshing of his fantasies with real life.

    Just imagine six-feet tall praying mantises,an underground place that was once a lab in which an experiment went wrong, the typical signs of teenage angst, questions of sexuality.

    A lot of F bombs, but remember we're looking through the boy's eyes.

    You can read better reviews at numerous sites, so I chose to leave that to them. My recommendation is to read this. What a hoot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!

    Andrew Smith is an amazing writer, and this book... beyond fabulous. I didn't want to read it at all. I am not into giant man eating praying mantises. At all. But I was encouraged to read it by people I respect and trust and I am so glad I did read it. I am as far from the target audience as you can get but it grabbed me and held me in awe for the entire book. I read Winger after I read this with the same reluctance. I mean, Rugby? The photo on the cover? YUK. But I loved it too. So I concluded, as I said in the first sentence, Andrew Smith is an amazing writer. I would now, without any reluctance, read anything he writes.

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Excellent

    I really enjoyed this book. Smith has a unique writing style and I liked it so much I immediately ordered "Stick" by him and loved it as well. I plan on reading all of Andrew Smith's books. Highly recommend this book to all youth and adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Funny and surprisingly insightful on the inner workings of a con

    Funny and surprisingly insightful on the inner workings of a confused teenage boy's mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book, one of the few teen books I would ac

    I really enjoyed this book, one of the few teen books I would actually recommend. The characters were believable  and acted like real teenagers. I enjoyed all the characters and they're development. I really liked the authors writing style, there is a lot of repeating but it adds to the tone of the book. There were many laugh out loud moments. I can't think of anything negative about the book. Its an enjoyable, absurdist romp.

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