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All the Ways the World Can End

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All the Ways the World Can End

The world has to end some way, some day. Through lots of research and dedicated free time Lenny (short for Eleanor) has come up with the many ways the world could come to an ending. This high-key obsession has allowed Lenny to neglect the pain and stress from the existing and thriving world around her. Her dad has been given less than a year to live, her best friend is graduating from high school early in order to attend a school miles away and she’s got the hots for her dad’s doctor.

"I recommend this book to readers who may be going through some tough life situations or want to learn the many ways the world can end....Completely crazy and a little terrifying, this book is filled with wit and lighthearted characters."

With the twists and turns that life entails, Lenny and her family are hit with many of life’s worst blows but work together to push through. With a health nut for a mom, an intellectually-cluttered sister and a laidback, medically drugged up dad, the Rosenthal-Hermann family supports each other in an atmosphere of love and chaos. While Lenny is predicting the termination of the world, her current world experiences many beginnings and endings of its own.

ALL THE WAYS THE WORLD CAN END intrigued me in the beginning. The crazy cover and the very different blurb about the book caught my attention. It was very different, carving out the need to enjoy the world around you.

Sadly, by the end of the book I was kind of disappointed. This book was not my favorite. It had too many parts and subjects fit into one short book. It needed more pages to give the descriptions and character growths the room they deserved.

I also felt a great disconnect from the main character. She handled her current situations immaturely and without the slightest care about how her actions affected those around her. Her relationship with Dr. Ganesh (her dad’s doctor) made me 100% uncomfortable. However, those previous points about how I did not like Lenny’s character show how much Abby Sher’s words impacted my beliefs. There was no faltering with the emotions portrayed in this book. Life sucks sometimes and Sher described it from a struggling teen’s perspective. Therefore, this book holds a ton of potential to make you both hate and feel for the main character.

I do recommend this book to young adult readers who may be going through some tough life situations or teens who want to learn the many ways the world can end. I was thoroughly educated on how vacuum decay, totalitarian dystopia, over-sanitizing and many other ideas have the potential to destroy the world as we know it. Even though that sounds completely crazy and a little terrifying, this book is filled with wit and lighthearted characters. I enjoyed the banter between the Rosenthal-Hermann family members along with Lenny’s spontaneous best friend.

Even though this is not one of my all-time favorites, ALL THE WAYS THE WORLD CAN END had its good moments that made me laugh and gain a more positive outlook on the flourishing world around me. This book taught me many the ways the world could end, which in turn taught me to enjoy the world while it's still here.

Reviewed by McKenzie S., Teen Board Member on August 16, 2017

All the Ways the World Can End
by Abby Sher