When Holden Met Katniss: The 40 Best YA Novels

Beloved favorites, underground classics, controversial page-turners, sci-fi sagas and more

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Andrew Smith, 'Grasshopper Jungle'
Dutton Juvenile34/40

Andrew Smith, 'Grasshopper Jungle'

2014, Dutton Juvenile 

Grasshopper Jungle is what would happen if Kurt Vonnegut wrote a YA book. Perpetually horny Austin Szerba accidentally unleashes an army of giant praying mantises and triggers the end of the world. This raunchy, bizarre, smart and compelling sci-fi novel defies description – it's best to go into it with an open mind and allow yourself to be first drawn in, then blown away.

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