Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I received a copy of The World Ends in April by Stacy McAnulty at a work event that I attended. I have had this book on my shelf for months and I just got a chance to read it. Here are my thoughts:
Title: The World Ends in April
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Summary: Eleanor Dross knows how to survive the end of the world. She isn’t a prepper and neither is her father but Eleanor’s grandfather is a prepping fanatic. Eleanor always thought that his lessons were silly that is until she finds the website, a website that predicts an asteroid is going to hit the Earth in April and life as we know it will be over. Eleanor teams up with her best friend, Mack, and her kind of frenemy, Londyn, to get her classmates ready to survive TEOTWAWKI. Eleanor wants to make sure everyone is safe but she has to compete with adults, including her dad, who won’t take the threat seriously. Can Eleanor convince everyone to listen to her so she can save her family and friends?
Review: There is so much good in this book but unfortunately there is also some not so good things about this book. Eleanor is a strong female character, the type that we need to see more of in children’s books. She isn’t going to just sit there and listen to everyone else, no, our main character is going to spring into action and try to save herself and her loved ones. That aspect of the book was great. Also, great was the portrayal of Eleanor’s best friend, Mack, who is the antithesis of what you usually see in this kind of book. He was positive and proactive and didn’t let the fact that he was blind slow him down. Mack was just kind of neat. I also appreciated how McAnulty was able to teach a gentle lesson about acceptance through the character of Londyn with Eleanor having to really get to know the other girl to learn what was going on in her life so they could bridge the gap to friendship. However, many aspects of this book just didn’t really work for me. The group of middle schoolers seemed way too eager for the end of the world. They loved their meetings and planning what to do once it’s TEOTWAWKI. I had difficulty believing that it took so long for any parent to get involved. There were a lot of meetings and discussions among the student and not one of their parents thought it was odd? Also, Eleanor obviously had other issues that her father and grandfather didn’t seem to notice or address. Was she this all because she was upset and nervous about Mack changing schools because of her mother’s death? The issue was never really resolved and I would be a much happier reader if it had bee. In all, the book was fine and many tweens will enjoy it but this adult needed a little more character development.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
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