The End or Something Like That

The End or Something Like That

Book - 2014
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As the first anniversary of her best friend Kim's death nears, fourteen-year-old Emmy tries to fulfill her promise to make contact with Kim's spirit, but she gains new perspective from unexpected connections.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780142422632
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION ELLIS
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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