Minneapolis went through a new state! Iowa! And so while I was there, I needed to listen to a book set in Iowa and I came across Grasshopper Jungle. Wow! What a find!
Somewhere I read this book as being described as one that takes on real-world problems in a Science Fiction setting. No one could describe it any better. This book is pretty darn wild. Not for everyone, that is for sure. But I did enjoy it a lot. I don't think I ever would have made it through, reading it, but listening to it was very enjoyable.
Yes, it is about the end of the world. Yes, it is about giant, indestructible grasshoppers. But it is so much more. It's also about Polish immigrants. It's also about discovering one's sexuality. It's also about poverty. Small towns. Wow, it is just about a LOT of stuff! Bizarre. But pretty brilliant, I think. This is my first Andrew Smith book, but I will try another one, for sure.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.