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It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit

by Justin A. Reynolds

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Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:A hilarious new middle-grade from Justin A. Reynolds that asks: What happens when five unsupervised kids face the apocalypse under outrageously silly circumstances?

Twelve-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway has concocted his most genius plan ever to avoid chores... especially the dreaded L-A-U-N-D-R-Y. If he can wear all the clothes he owns, he'll only have to do the laundry once during his school break.

On the day of the highly anticipated Beach Bash, Eddie's monstrous pile of dirty laundry is found by his mom. And Eddie's day has just taken a turn for the worst. Now he's stuck at home by himself, missing the bash, and doing his whole pile of laundry. But mid-cycle, the power goes out!

With his first load of laundry wet and the rest of his stuff still filthy, he sets out to explore the seemingly empty neighborhood in his glow-in-the-dark swim trunks, flip-flops, and a beach towel. He soon meets up with other neighborhood kids: newcomer Xavier (who was mid-haircut and has half his head shaved), Eddie's former friend Sonia (who has spent her entire break trying to beat a video game and was mid-battle with the final boss), and siblings Trey and Sage (who are dealing with major sibling drama).

As they group up to cover more ground and find out what happened, they realize that their families aren't coming back anytime soon. And as night falls, the crew realizes that they aren't just the only people left in the neighborhood, they might be the only people left... anywhere.

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Okay, this book is totally written for younger middle school boys, and I'm not even close--in any way--to a middle school boy. I read SO MANY middle school books and silly books make me roll my eyes. These books are usually written to appeal to boys. I can't wait to see what the boys think of this book.

Eddie has ADHD, which explains the inability to have a linear plot. Eddie decides to only do laundry one day in the summer, so he's down to his swim shorts. Perfect day for them because it's beach bash day! When his mom figures out that his closet smells like a garbage dump, she takes charge. He must do his laundry and then call and they'll come back to get him. Eddie is totally bummed. His WBD (wanna be dad) does mention that there's a quick wash option--awesome! That's save a few hours. In the midst of laundry, the electricity goes out. His friend, X, shows up and the two of them seek out anyone else in their neighborhood who might be home. These kids end up coming together, finding food, and working together to stay calm and safe. Sounds like a short story, right? Well, Eddie is always distracted and takes pages having pretend conversations in his head as well as conversations with the reader. It's pages of rambling. I'm hoping boys nod their heads and say, "Right!" This random thinking must be how boys' brains really work. Scary. There's a lot of other stuff as well--good messaging about believing in yourself and respecting one's family, so the book is far from drivel.

The book will continue with a second installment at some point. Boys--sorry, I really don't want to sound sexist--I realize some girls will enjoy it as well--so, you middle schoolers--give it a go and tell me what you think! I worry you won't follow what's going on with all of the "squirrel!" going on. Prove me wrong, please! To end on a high note, the positive messages are spot on. Don't just read for the silliness but read to relate to the families and friendships. ( )
  acargile | Jul 17, 2023 |
This starts strong -- Eddie is a funny kid with the ultimate laundry avoidance plan, and his voice is authentic and entertaining. Unfortunately, nothing really happens over the course of the book aside from Eddie's neverending monologues on his every distracted moment passing. He's dealing with a stepfather, the loss of a beloved dad who died 2 years ago, a monumental crush, ADHD, and a mean older brother, so there's a lot to think about. It appears that everyone on earth may have vanished from the beach bash after a power outage in the early afternoon, but we don't really know because the book ends with the neighborhood left-behind kids on the morning after, just venturing out to find out where everyone is. So it feels like there is quite an interesting story going on just out of sight, and in the spotlight we have the very authentic Eddie. It's good, but it's hella long for a book where the plot just begins 250 pages in. ( )
  jennybeast | May 11, 2023 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
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Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:A hilarious new middle-grade from Justin A. Reynolds that asks: What happens when five unsupervised kids face the apocalypse under outrageously silly circumstances?

Twelve-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway has concocted his most genius plan ever to avoid chores... especially the dreaded L-A-U-N-D-R-Y. If he can wear all the clothes he owns, he'll only have to do the laundry once during his school break.

On the day of the highly anticipated Beach Bash, Eddie's monstrous pile of dirty laundry is found by his mom. And Eddie's day has just taken a turn for the worst. Now he's stuck at home by himself, missing the bash, and doing his whole pile of laundry. But mid-cycle, the power goes out!

With his first load of laundry wet and the rest of his stuff still filthy, he sets out to explore the seemingly empty neighborhood in his glow-in-the-dark swim trunks, flip-flops, and a beach towel. He soon meets up with other neighborhood kids: newcomer Xavier (who was mid-haircut and has half his head shaved), Eddie's former friend Sonia (who has spent her entire break trying to beat a video game and was mid-battle with the final boss), and siblings Trey and Sage (who are dealing with major sibling drama).

As they group up to cover more ground and find out what happened, they realize that their families aren't coming back anytime soon. And as night falls, the crew realizes that they aren't just the only people left in the neighborhood, they might be the only people left... anywhere.

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