A male perspective on sorting love from loss, faith from fear—brimming with humor and romance.Phillip’s sophomore year is off to a rough start. One of his best friends ditches him. His track coach singles him out for personalized, torturous training sessions. And his dad decides to clean out all of the emergency supplies from the basement, even though the world could end in disaster at any moment…and even though those supplies are all Phillip has left of his dead mom. Not that he wants to talk about that.
But then Phillip meets Rebekah. Not only is she unconventionally hot and smart, but she might like him back. As Phillip gets closer to Rebekah, he tries harder and harder to turn himself into the kind of person he thinks she wants him to be. But the question is, can he become that person? And does he really want to?
Phillip is a strange kid. Or a very normal one. Starting with his meeting Rebekah, Phillip is soon besieged with the drama of life. There’s some fighting with friends, making up, and all this while trying to get Rebekah to like him back.
“Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse” is a slice-of-life told from Phillip’s POV. A flawed character, we get to follow him around as he makes mistakes and, hopefully, learn from a couple of them.
At first just wanting to see Rebekah, Phillip attends Church. However as the book goes on, Phillip’s reasoning transforms with/through faith. Phillip is trying to get a better understanding of the world and his beliefs. His struggles and convictions are spot on. As I was reading, Klauss was able to draw me in and make me feel the confusion. It forced me to struggle alongside Phillip.
The narrative is interspersed with flashbacks. It’s part of Phillip trying to find himself and deal with his mother’s death. It wasn’t recent, but with the flashbacks, it was clear that his mother’s life leading up to her death had an intangible impact on his life.
While this wasn’t my type of book, I can’t deny Klauss did an excellent job when writing this. The voice fit, and the narrative never faltered or dragged. Definitely a good read for anyone in the mood for a slice-of-life involving teenage friendship, romance and struggles with religion.
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