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  • Grasshopper Jungle

  • By: Andrew Smith
  • Narrated by: Philip Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144
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  • Story
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In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.

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  • What just happened?

  • By Julie on 08-04-14

it was funny until it was not

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Reviewed: 07-09-15

I wanted to like this book. I thought it was funny and unique spin on the teen apocalyptic genre--teens being teens while the world ended. Once I figured out what the unstoppable soldier was a metaphor for, the story dragged and wasn't funny anymore. It seemed mean. Also, there were so many jokes and talk about testicles that I thought I was stuck back in middle school. Ugh.

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