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Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle

(Vivian Apple #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,772 ratings  ·  250 reviews
“GET ANGRY. We should all be so pissed at the Church of America that we’re willing to break our hands in the metaphorical punching of its metaphorical face.”  —Harpreet Janda, fugitive
The predicted Rapture by Pastor Frick’s Church of America has come and gone, and three thousand Believers are now missing or dead. Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend, Harp
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Clarion Books (first published September 4th 2014)
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Mar 23, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm biased, but I think it's aight. ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had a Harp in my life.

Dear Katie Coyle, please keep writing these for my daughters and my daughters' daughters.
Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)
3.5 Stars

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And the award for most confusing book titles goes to - you may have guessed-: Vivian Apple Versus America.

I definitely was confused because the American and UK names for this duology are completely different from each other and it doesn't make the slightest of sense with me.

Just to make things clear:

The first book is either Vivian Apple At The End Of The World or Vivian Apple Versus The Apocalypse.

The second and concluding book
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This book is the sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World. In general, I always get nervous about sequels to dystopian novels because things so often take a nosedive from bad to worse to just plain unreadable.This sequel, however, did not disappoint. The amazing characters from the first book were back in full force, the plot made sense as a follow-up to the first book, and the two part series hangs together beautifully. These books both had me laughing out loud and groaning because Coyle’ ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"just because we're not as loud doesn't mean that we're alone."

I love Vivian Apple. Completely selfless and reckless, she and Harp are off again to try to figure out what's going on with the Church of America, the rapture and what has happened to Peter.

I love that this idea - this new church and rapture - feels new. It has a twist I haven't read before. I also love the humor. There's a serious part where Harp is explaining to Vivian what happened and Harp says something so funny she has to stop
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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Confession time! I was expecting to not like this book. Is that bad? That's probably bad. I mean, I didn't love the first one, but I was curious and needed to know how it ended so... you understand. But guess what?

I really liked it! See, my problems with the first book were mostly believability issues. In the sequel, the groundwork was already set, so I didn't really have time to dwell on those things, as they weren't present in this one
Jun 04, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
VERY disappointed. Everyone's holding the Idiot Ball in order to progress the plot, and I have no patience for it. ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, good rule of thumb: if you liked the first Vivian book, you'll like this one too. Same plot, just advanced a bit. Vivian Apple and her friends are trying to defeat the megachurch that has captured the nation.

If criticizing organized religion and corporatocracy is your jam, and you can suspend your disbelief a leeeetle bit, these books are probably for you. There certainly is a good deal of, let's say, implausibility, but that's what makes these books fun. They're sort of an atheist teenage
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

Okay, so it wasn't a real cliffhanger, but I really do want to know more about what happens to America and to the world after the business with the Church of America.

I really love Harp and Vivian and Winnie and Peter. It's scary to think how gullible people are.

I enjoyed it a lot and I'm sad that it's a duology.
Rachel Holtzclaw
I!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!! VIVIAN!!!!!!!!!!! APPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reread edit: was this the right to reread this series? maybe not! maybe it's a little too close to home right now! it's still very very good and holds up tho!!!!
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept putting this book down as I neared the end because I didn't want it to be over. I know Katie Coyle is busy making a new human being but I really hope she's also busy writing the third Vivian Apple. ...more
Amber Loyacano
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the first book, so this was a bit of a let down. I love what it says about society and the way we treat our world/each other. I also love the a YA author tackled such big ideas.
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This was an okay follow-up to the fabulous Vivian Apple at the End of the World. I guess I was expecting it to have as much of an impact as the first book did, but for me it fell a bit short.

So the rapture happened, or didn’t, and now everyone’s waiting for the second boat and society is still pretty much falling to bits and no one save two seventeen year olds is questioning the fact that the Church of America seem to be doing extraordinarily well, financially, out of this whole apocalypse thing
A good word for this book is "baffling."

My experience with this is very similar to my experience with the Across the Universe books. The first book was okay, and had enough interesting things going on that I was curious how it ended, and hoped that the sequel would improve the things that annoyed me. But, like the AtU series, the second book did not, in fact, improve things for me. Instead, it got annoying.

Likes: Still the friendship between Viv and Harp. Still the complicated family dynamic
Dayse Dantas
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AAAAAAHHHHH I WAS EXPECTING SOMETHING REALLY GOOD AND SOMEHOW THIS WAS BETTER. It's so delightful that this isn't about faith against atheism, but about the horribleness that takes advantage of people's vulnerability. And I love Vivian Apple so much. It's been a while since I loved a protagonist this much. I always love female protagonists, with my whole misandric values and all, but this kind of love is DEEP. Her development since the first pages of the first book… it's magical. I love it when ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
All of the immaturity of a YA book with all the foul language of an adult novel written by someone with a very limited vocabulary. I was bored by the middle and really bored by the end.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Vivian continues her plot to take down the Church of America! One of her friends has been abducted, and she finds out more secrets about her family along the way. Really this entire book is just an escapade of Viv coming out of her shell and being a total renegade. She will stop at nothing to defend her friends and family, and reveal the truth to the world, that the first rapture was completely fake. Now all she needs is proof.

I didn't like this one as much as the first, but it wasn't bad. It g
3.75 stars.

This was far more dystopian feeling than the first one, but still pretty enjoyable. I love the concept of this ridiculously capitalist church taking advantage of global environmental changes to convince people that God is super pissed at the planet and wants people to spend money in His name.

The first one was more of a roadtrip story, and despite the dystopian elements, it was still pretty full of typical roadtrip humour. This one was pretty much straight up dystopian, and had a lot
LOVED! Although it got more into the political side of the Church of America than the first one, I really enjoyed this! I want to be best friends with Vivian, so if the end of the world does come, Viv, Harp, Peter, and Edie. . . you'll let me join you, right?

Overall I felt like this was a great end to the duology, everything was explained and I felt like the characters were really fleshed out, my favorite thing is thinking about Vivian at the beginning of the first book and then Vivian at the e
Lauren Bates
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This book is funny and fun to read and also has gorgeous writing. Katie Coyle is excellent at sneaking in jokes but also making me want to cry a little because everything is a tiny bit awful. I love Vivian and Harp and getting to see more of Vivian's family and PETER and the world-building and the jokes. I just really love these books. ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
I'm not convinced.

nothing happened for so long, then lots of things happened, then another long stretch... the only thing this book has going for it is length. it's short. it doesn't mean it's a quick read, because the pacing and plot are basically non-existent. really, it does nothing to add to the first book.
Penni Russon
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most fun I've had reading a book since I read Vivian Vs the Apocalypse three days ago. ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015

This is my first book review, and I’m mostly writing it for myself. Well, my future self. My two-years-from-now – self, who will see this series on my bookshelf and will, in my typical fashion, only remember very little about it, because that’s just how my infuriating brain works.
I will remember tiny scenes, a plot point here and there but mostly just a vague feeling about the overall story and I will undoubtedly put it on my ever growing reread pile. Why? Because I’ll have no other way of helpi

Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quotes
A MUST READ that makes me thankful that, even though the author has "only" written two books so far, it’s these two books.


"I wish I could see things as clearly as you do," Winnie says after a long moment. "It's really black-and-white for you, isn't it? Good versus evil, Believers versus Non-Believers, you versus the whole world."
"That's not how I see it. That's how it is."


"It's dangerous to say this stuff out loud. It's dangerous to tell the truth and believe it. If it's safer to say

... what happened?

This is the second time this happens to me, I love the first book of a duology and then the second comes around and the main character is turned into the stereotypical YA heroine and suddenly I cannot.stand.her. and everything is annoying and cliché and the big resolution is underwhelming and things don't make sense and I just want to cry because I had such high hopes for the story.

And maybe that was my problem.

Vivian, oh Vivian, what happened to you? You were trying not to be
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Christine Wilkerson
Jan 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
It’s been a long time since I read the first one, and despite not remembering much of it I still found this follow up to be very enjoyable and easy to follow even if a couple of the intricate details were lost on me. It was an entertaining and quick read. I’d definitely recommend it for those who like an apocalyptic underdog saving the day plot line.
Jan 14, 2018 marked it as dnf
I thought the first one was just okay (3 stars) but was still curious to see what happened.

Eh.. this one didn't hold my interest at all. The writing is good but the tone of it I didn't care for (the story's). I could see the direction it was heading in and didn't want to be on that train anymore *shrugs*
Aj Sterkel
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I didn’t like it as much as the first in the series. It still has humor and plot twists, but it also relies heavily on luck and coincidence. The characters accomplish difficult things way too easily. Also, the characters barely react to the death at the end of the book. Someone died, and the characters are doing cartwheels on the lawn?

Better review to come . . .
Colleen Whale
Vivian Versus America (also known as Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle in the US which made it very confusing trying to find this book here in Canada) starts off pretty much exactly where we left off in Vivian Versus the Apocalypse. Vivian and her best friend Harp are determined to find the truth, locate the missing Raptured and to find Vivian's boyfriend, Peter.

I can't say much about this without giving anything away so I'll leave the synopsis at that. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the fi
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Katie Coyle's debut novel VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD was named one of the forty best YA novels of all time by Rolling Stone, and was followed by a sequel, VIVIAN APPLE NEEDS A MIRACLE. Her short fiction has won the Pushcart Prize, and has been featured in BEST AMERICAN NON-REQUIRED READING, One Story, The Southeast Review, and Critical Quarterly, among others. She lives in New Jersey wit ...more

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