How many ways can the world come to an end? Heartfelt, funny, clever YA fiction to appeal to fans of Jandy Nelson, John Geen and Jennifer Niven.
Lenny is preparing for the apocalypse. Every night, she researches vacuum decay, designer pathogens, that inexplicable sleeping sickness knocking people out in Kazakhstan. Not many sixteen-year-olds are this consumed with the end of the world. But Lenny needs to have some sense of control. Her dad is dying of cancer. Her best friend Julian is graduating early and moving three states away. She's having to rehearse for a toe-curling interpretive dance show at school, and deal with her mum's indefatigable jolliness and smoothie-making in the face of the disaster they are confronting. The one thing keeping her hopeful is Dr Rad Ganesh - her father's oncologist. Surely Lenny can win him round to her charms - and he can save her father?
An infectiously funny story with an unforgettable heroine: a story about having to learn to let go of what you hold most dear - and learning to survive.
Abby Sher is a writer and performer. She has written one young adult novel Kissing Snowflakes (Point, 2007) as well as a memoir of her own struggle with OCD, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying (Among Other Things) (2010) and a non-fiction title, Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery (2014).
Her work has also appeared in anthologies as well as in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Elle. Abby has written and performed for the Second City in Chicago and the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Magnet Theater in New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Follow Abby on Twitter: @abbysher
Paperback - B format
14 - 17
Children's, Teenage & educational