Munmun by Jesse Andrews


In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.   Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to thei...

Details Munmun

Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Munmun

  • Jesse Andrews
    i know i'm probably biased, but i really do think that this is by far my most recent book. in fact, it's not even close
  • Carrie
    Munmun by Jesse Andrews is a young adult fantasy set in a world similar to ours but all of the occupants are different sizes based on how much money they have. The main character, Warner, and his sister Prayer are littlepoors, the smallest size. Their family are about the size of an average rat leading them into dangers that the wealthy and middle class could never imagine.Warner’s father was killed when a middle child was pushed into their hou...
  • Riley Redgate
    this book is my new favorite bong joon-ho movieit’s a joyfully genre-bending, frequently brutal satire with a big, beating heart. like anthony burgess and chaos-walking-era patrick ness and jonathan swift all co-wrote a take on great the rich
  • Allie Singer
    Five stars nodoubt but oh dang, filled with rage.
  • Janet Slipak
    In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their ho...
  • Emily Mitchell
    jesus christ, jesse
  • Kayla
    This was just incredibly weird and not the good kind...The book has such a great plot and a massive potential but it fell flat-faced for me and it was just boring for me.
  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    Clearing another blog on my to-do list.Another book I'm not totally sure about. I downloaded this with the idea that as people had been comparing to Douglas Adams there would be some humour in this but I didn't really spot that.I got quite bogged down in the language and complexity of dream world and the characters themselves. I couldn't quite gel with the writing style but others may enjoy it. Possibly I'm not the target audience for this one.Fr...
  • Olivia
    I need to collect myself before writing anything about this book. BUT, I was almost about to cry at the end. I've never almost sad cried because of a Jesse Andrews book before! What is this?!Seriously, pick this up when it comes out!! It's at times confusing, but so worth it!
  • Grace
    This book was deeply weird, but pulled it off so well that I'm honestly shocked.I went into reading Munmun with trepidation because the premise reminded me a lot of that movie that just came out where Matt Damon shrinks himself, which looks horrible, but actually this book is good. It's very odd -- even the syntax, where punctuation is mostly thematic and words like prettymuch and notsogood are stuck together, acronyms are spelled out (PA becomes...
  • Steve Heglin
    If I were developing a required reading list for a class of high school students socioeconomic issues, this book would make the top of the list. I loved how well Jesse Andrews was able to portray economic and class differences using size as the metaphor. It was so effective at demonstrating how powerless and small one feels growing up as a lower class citizen, and at describing the milieu of challenges and obstacles they face in daily life. Using...
  • Michele
    The amount that I loved this surprised me. it is dark and weird and awesome and depressing and thought provoking. And also just really, really COOL.I loved the writing and language. The plot expression is intricate and fascinating. the characters! how much do I love Warner?! ugh, so much.
  • Nicole
    DNF at 38% Im disappointed:( I gave both of his other books 5 stars so I expected another hilarious book. But this book didn't do it for me at all..
  • Jessica
    This is finally the book to break me out of my reading rut! For the past year (thanks to my own choice to upend my life) I haven't really been able to concentrate on anything I read. In general, I liked nothing except re-reads. (Thank you Grasshopper Jungle and Eleanor & Park!) Even audiobooks were not a pleasure; I had too many voices in my head that another voice was just too much. But this book! Thank you Jesse Andrews! He is clearly a man ...
  • Nate
    2.5 starsMunMun by Jesse Andrews is about a satirical world where a person’s size indicates wealth, running from people the size of rats to giants. Our protagonist, a tiny boy named Warner, makes his way through life with some serendipitous turns, but all the while, he is still in his mind a little. The book is not so much character or plot driven, being a straight satire or allegory for the way Andrews see our world. For example, he showcases ...
  • MsArdychan
    I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.This was a wildly imaginative book! Author Jesse Andrews creates a world of the absurd that is sagely mirrors the current state of inequity in America, today. This book is alternately strange, funny, and ultimately, quite moving.
  • Terri
    My review of this book will be available at the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE website under "ALAN Picks" for February, 2018:
  • Sarah
    Warner's life has been rough since his father was squished and his mother was mauled by a cat. These are the risks faced by littlepoors, people so broke they are no larger than rats. Billionaires, on the other hand, are as big as skyscrapers. Only in dreams are all people the same size. Desperate to scale up, Warner and his sister make an epic trek to a nearby law school so she can snag an enormous husband. Naturally calamity strikes, and never s...
  • Erin
    *An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*I love Jesse Andrews for writing this book. While it has Andrews signature wit and humor, it's also completely unique and unlike anything else you'll find in YA. The premise, the method of storytelling, the characterization, and the language and syntax are ridiculously clever and all of it together creates a pretty epic picture of a "Yewess" that is terrifying. ...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Jesse Andrews’ newest novel, MUNMUN, is set in a thinly veiled alternative America called the Yewess. In this world, a person’s physical stature is directly influenced by the amount of munmun (money) in their bank accounts. There are people the size of skyscrapers, people the size of rats and people of all heights in between.Our narrator, Warner, is a littlepoor --- that is, the income class which are the size of rats. Being a littlepoor mean...
  • Trin
    Three stars for execution, infinite stars for ambition, so we're averaging, kind of. (This kind of work would not enable me to pass the Mathy exam.)The concept is beyond brilliant: in the world of Munmun, a person's physical size is directly related to how much money they have. So the poor are rat-size and trying to not get murdered by animals or stepped on, and the rich are monstrous giants who gobble down whole herds of cattle and roasted hippo...
  • Erin-Elizabeth
    I really enjoy getting ARCs of new books and I always try to do them justice by giving them as much of my attention as I can spare. There are very few books that I can’t finish, but unfortunately, this is one of them. This is such a good idea for a book, it really is. Set on the premise that your monetary wealth directly determines your physical size, the protagonists are littlepoor, meaning that they are around the size of a rat. After their f...
  • Eggbeater
    Income inequality sucks--I get it. This book is trying to make a point and I agree with that point, but I couldn’t stomach it’s hammering execution. That’s strike one. The whole book was full of misspellings and the author did it on purpose. The. Whole. Book. The author wanted to illustrate that people in lower classes do not have the same educational opportunities, but it detracted from the story and made it toohardtoread. Strike two. The ...
  • Hope Do
    This book is marketed to the wrong audience. The cute title and bright cover is trying to appeal to younger readers however, the content is unnecessarily sexually explicit and crude while the characters have no depth. This book could have been such an interesting commentary on society if the plot was more engaging rather than trying to shock readers with offensive language and the use of unconventional grammar and spelling. This book should be ma...
  • Adele
    This book is very well-done satire. The satirical device is spot-on, making some parts of this book painful to read actually. The story also works when read literally, with characters I come to care about. There were a few sections that felt over-long and the ending wasn't completely satisfying for me, but overall, I give Munmun a thumbs up.
  • Hilary Martin
    I haven't hated a book so much in a long time.
  • Kristin Murphy
    This book was painful but I did finish it. This is an editor’s nightmare as it is filled with phrases that they turn into compound words. Story was okay but it was tough to keep my attention.
  • Liz
    Took me longer than I had hoped to finish this one (life gets in the way, you know?) BUT I thoroughly enjoyed it. All the classic, weird Jesse Andrews humor you love from Me & Earl and The Haters, plus the book version of his angry tweets at Donald Trump and other first degree shitheads. The satire is obvious and biting. Yeah-capitalism really does treat the poor like they're rats deserving of being crushed by the rich. Others have criticized the...