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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Lenny (short for Eleanor) feels like the world is about to end. Her best friend is moving to New York City to attend Julliard and her dad has terminal cancer. To cope with her stress Lenny is making a list of all the ways the world can end—designer pathogens, blood moon prophecies, alien invasion—and stockpiling supplies in a bunker in the backyard. Then she starts to develop feelings for her dad’s very nice young doctor—and she thinks he may have feelings for her too. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t. But a more age-appropriate love interest might. In a time of complete uncertainty, one thing’s for sure: Lenny’s about to see how everything is ending and beginning. All at the same time.
I’ve been mulling over this review all weekend, trying to come up with a good way to put into words how this book made me feel. It was such an emotional, heartbreaking story, but something that also contained a lot of beauty. I think it will resonate strongly with a lot of readers.
Throughout this book Lenny does a lot of “crazy” things, ranging from stealing all the chickpeas from the pantry in order to keep the fallout shelter stocked, to self-harming when she reaches an emotional cliff in regards to her father’s cancer. Yes, some of it was really hard to read (I desperately wanted to reach into the pages and hug her), but it also made sense. Lenny’s sister is off at college, mom works too much, and she’s convinced that she, Lenny, is the reason her dad’s cancer has taken this terminal turn.
I’m often asked for a teen book that will make the reader feel a lot of emotion. This is that book. Despite the levity of the topic, there’s also humor and typical teen “stuff”. You definitely want to add this to your list of books to read.
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book stats: Hardcover, 320 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), July 11, 2017