Pages: 394 pages, paperback
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner.
My (sort of) review: Now, for the sake of full disclosure I need to let you all know that I didn't finish reading Grasshopper Jungle. In fact, I only made it about a third of the way through before I put it down for good. I'm calling this a 'sort of review' because I haven't read the whole story so I can't give it a full review, but I still wanted to share my thoughts.
Sometimes books just don't work for the reader. Unfortunately, this is one of those times. I was really, really excited to read Grasshopper Jungle and I was sure I'd love it. The summary was great, I tend to always love Electric Monkey's releases, I thought the cover was brilliant - it was all good. Except, however hard I tried, I just couldn't get into the story.
I can't really explain why I didn't finish Grasshopper Jungle, as there's nothing to dislike about this book. The story is unique, the characters are interesting and the writing is great - but I just couldn't connect with the characters and I found myself distanced from the story.
I'm so disappointed as I keep reading amazing reviews of this one and I feel like everybody got something that I didn't. I read a few chapters, put it down for a while, picked it up and read a few more, took a break, read a couple more... and it just wasn't happening. Reading this was a chore and my mind kept drifting to tens of other books while I was trying to get into it. It happens, and it sucks.
It happened with Darcy Burdock, it happened with Geek Girl, and now it's happened with Grasshopper Jungle. It's blinking annoying but it's the way things go; sometimes the whole world loves a book but you just don't get it. And that's okay, because if we all loved the same things how dull would the world be?
Don't let my (sort of) review put you off - I am pretty much the only person in the entire world who didn't love this book! Just hop over (hilarious grasshopper pun) to the Grasshopper Jungle Goodreads page to have a look and some infinitely more positive reviews.