The End or Something Like That

The End or Something Like That

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Can a friendship last forever? Emmy would like to think so. But even though she and her late best friend, Kim, planned every detail in advance, from when and where to meet to what snacks to bring, Kim has yet to make an appearance from the afterlife. Which is making Emmy wonder if what happened right before Kim died changed everything. Alternating between the past and the present and between the heartbreaking and the truly hilarious, Ann Dee Ellis's latest novel is an achingly authentic take on friendship, family, and what it means to let go and truly live. 'The End or Something Like That dares you to suspend all disbelief and look at loss, and life itself, in an entirely new way. This is a hilarious and awesomely weird ode to friendship and youth - with the kind of stellar prose that won't let you look away.' John Corey Whaley, Printz Award-winning author of Where Things Come Back 'The End or Something Like That breaks your heart and mends it back together with hope an humor. After reading this book, I believe.' Ally Condie, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Matched Trilogy 'Incredibly funny, sad, magical, and real all at the same time. Count me as a major fan.' Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times Bestselling author of Counting by 7s 'Ann Dee Ellis is my own personal J. D. Salinger. Sometimes haunted, sometimes haunting, but always achingly human, she finds truth in a burrito and a pizza boy, a fistful of gummy bears, and a dead science teacher. You will truly love this book.' Margaret Stohl, New York Times Bestselling co-author of The Beautiful Creatures series 'Ann Dee Ellis has one of the most interesting voices I know. I love the humor, honesty, and restraint with which she explores Emmy's complicated relationship with the past, the present, and herself.' Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist for Story of a Girl
Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
Edition: HC
ISBN: 9780803737396
Branch Call Number: YA ELL
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 21, 2015

This book was alright. A really interesting idea. I liked how the book went from the present to the past, but it was a little flat. I don't know how to describe it. I sympathize with the character, her story is sad.

Aug 29, 2014

I really thought I would enjoy this book. It was not terrible however I just found it too slow moving. I wanted to know more why did she she the other ghosts and not Kim?

FindingJane Aug 28, 2014

In spite of the poignancy of this novel’s theme, there is a curious flatness to the protagonist’s recital of her efforts to deal with her best friend’s death. The dialogue takes place mainly in her head, as the reader gets to see all her thoughts unspooling in her mind. That means a lot of repetition to get the point across ( e.g., “I am a horrible person. A horrible horrible person.”) and not nearly enough input from other people. There’s simply not enough in this book to avoid the insularity and dullness that can occur from being forced on the treadmill of the thoughts of a self-involved adolescent.

The inclusion of deceased spirits interacting with Emmy only points out the grayness of her life since her contact with them is a lot more meaningful than that she shares with the living. With the former, she actually has conversations, while the latter only get to hear her drone on and on about how she’s “fine” or “okay” after Kim dies. This is not a book to return to and I felt a profound relief to set it aside when I was done with it.

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