Wow… first blog of the year, this is very exciting! Well dear readers, I would like to start this new blog of the New Year by letting you all know about a fascinating book I just finished before enjoying my holiday break. BOY! What a book it was. Not something I would recommend before huddling close with your family by a fire enjoying some hot cocoa and watching the “A Christmas Story” marathon on cable… but enough about me.
Here’s the setup of this book: take a boy with proud Polish origins and a penchant for telling the most random histories of people, places, and things. Add in some special pizza, a bunch of sexually frustrated/confused teenagers, and somehow, an exposed plague that breeds human-sized praying mantises and there you have (drum roll please) “Grasshopper Jungle: A History” by Andrew Smith. Now I’m still not 100% up to date on my YA fiction, but I can say it’d be a stretch to argue that this is quite possibly one of THE MOST controversial Young Adult fiction books you can presently read. Continue reading