Sometimes an idea is just so good you can’t stand to see it sit around without acting upon it immediately. That idea can be as novel as putting roasted garlic on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but it can also include impulsively acquiring a quirky novel to turn it into a movie. Sadly, I don’t have as much experience with that second one, though I guess it’s sadder I have experience with the first. Sony Pictures has officially snatched up the recently published young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle, with mega producer Matt Tolmach (the Amazing Spider-Man franchise) overseeing it for the studio.
Written by California author Andrew Smith and published less than a month ago, Grasshopper Jungle is a novel for young adults that handles some very adult themes. Our Midwestern protagonist Austin is a teenage virgin whose mind is cluttered with sexual thoughts and fantasies, some involving his girlfriend and gay best friend Robby. Austin and Robby’s small-town lives are similar, as both have Xanax-addled mothers and both are involved with trying to save the planet.