Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is a type of coming-of-age story we guarantee you have never read before. A teenager’s identity confusion is bad enough before you add the end of the world to the mix.

Grasshopper Jungle Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is a veritable kitchen sink of ideas and unanswerable questions. Austin Szerba is our guide to the end of the world. With his stream of consciousness style of narration, Austin leaves nothing off the table.

This is history, after all.

Being a teenager is rough, especially if you’re not entirely sure who you are quite yet. Struggling with being a teenage boy that finds just about everything arouses him, it’s made doubly difficult by the fact that he’s not entirely sure he’s straight.

But that’s not all. Throw in some testicle-dissolving corn (yes, you read that right) and six foot tall praying mantises (yes, you also read that right), and you’ve got the end of the world on your hands.

Book Review: ‘Grasshopper Jungle’

It’s hard to wrap your head around the idea of Grasshopper Jungle. On the one hand, it’s a dysoptian, post-apocalyptic story about a pair of boys who are recording the destruction of humanity at the same time they’re trying to save it.

But on the other hand, it’s so, so much more than that. Austin is confused about what he is and who he likes, and there are no easy answers for him. Grasshopper Jungle sets up shop in his brain and allows the reader to be privy to every single thought in his head — whether you’re prepared for the onslaught or not.

While not everyone will be a fan of this type of narration, we implore you to give the book a shot. Like it or not, you’ll have to admit this is a shocking, daring, one-of-a-kind book that will have you laughing, crying, and scratching your head on the very same page. Don’t let the oddity that is the back cover blurb steer you away from this interesting and controversial novel.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith releases on February 11, 2014. You can pre-order it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and add it to your Goodreads list.

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.


There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.


Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

Raise a glass!


Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.