Thursday, June 5, 2014

The End or Something Like That (Book Review)

The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, FantasyParanormal
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Dial (Penguin Books USA)
Format: Hardcover // 346 pages

Other books by Ann Dee Ellis: This is What I Did, Everything is Fine
Emmy's best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasn't shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim's death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghost — but it's not Kim. It's Emmy’s awful dead science teacher.

Emmy can't help but think that she's failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she's not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forward — and to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.
After visiting the library and randomly picking up this book, I went into it with no expectations because I had no idea what it was about. After reading about 50 pages, I realized that I didn't like the writing style and format because it was a little unorganized. The narrator seems to be spitting out her thoughts (similar to Shatter Me, but a little more juvenile) like she's writing in her diary. (However, I DID like the writing style of Shatter Me. I guess it just depends, in my opinion, on whether or not it's a good fit for the storyline.)

The first half of this book was a little boring. I know that it is supposed to be "background knowledge" for the rest of the story, but I felt as if it could have been a little more captivating. However, throughout the entire book, I did enjoy learning about Emmy, the main character, and her friendship with Kim. They were both very unique and quirky, which was quite refreshing to read. The exploration of how Emmy deals with Kim's death was truly intriguing and different than anything I've ever read.

The whole "seeing ghosts" thing was the only paranormal part of this book, and I surprisingly liked it! Her conversations with her science teacher and other ghosts added depth to the story and made it a little more interesting to read.

I would recommend this book for you if you liked If I Stay by Gayle Forman (past/present perspective) or Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (dealing with a lost one), as they are both similar in style.

  

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1 comment

  1. I've never seen this one before! I can see why the writing style might not work for this where it worked for Shatter Me. I'm glad the friendship was good and you ended up liking it! :D Great review!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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