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Next book: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:30 - 5:30 location TBA

You won't want to miss this discussion! Grasshopper Jungle pretty much defies description. But I'll try anyway.

Take three teens in a dying midwest town, add scary things in jars, mutant praying mantises, the plague, the apocalypse and lots of worrying about sexual orientation...no, wait, here is what the Guardian says about it:

Gross yet hilarious, witty, and unimaginably crazily truthful....no, wait, here is what the NYT says: “Grasshopper Jungle” is a rollicking tale that is simultaneously creepy and hilarious....Smith may have intended this novel for young adults, but his technique reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut’s in “Slaughterhouse-Five,” in the best sense. No, wait, here is what Common Sense Media says: Parents need to know that Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is a coming-of-age novel that is so compellingly bizarre it's sure to appeal to older teens and adults who appreciate authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Franz Kafka, and Jonathan Safran Foer.

Yes, it is kind of gross at time. And there are many anxious internal monologues about sexual orientation. The word 'horny' appears quite frequently, but this book is both hilarious and touching, sardonic and earnest. And it's entertaining all the way to the end.

The book is available electronically on Overdrive from the Library's home page.

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