I've said this before about Andrew Smith, but it rings so true with this book: as close as it comes to Stephen King writing YA. And that is the highest compliment I could ever give any book. Grasshopper Jungle captivated me and I read it all in one evening. I couldn't have put it down if I wanted to. It is this pleasantly odd mix of Holes and Stephen King dusted with Starship Troopers and one of those cheerily entertaining teen movies about boys trying to lose their virginity. I laughed out loud in so many places. And the ending, the very last few sentimental sentences, made me slap a hand on my chest with a sad face and an "Aw..." Totally loved it.