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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  15 reviews
It’s not the end of the world, but for Rooney Harris it’s starting to feel that way. It’s the beginning of senior year and her mom just lost her job. Even worse, she isn’t planning to get another one. Instead, she’s spending every waking moment with a group called the Next World Society, whose members are convinced they’ll be leaving Earth behind on November 17. It sounds ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Scholastic Press
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Really unique story following the daughter of a woman in an extremist cult-like group. First half of the book is the intense and infuriating lead up to “departure date” and the second half sheds like on how to move forward when the curtain is lifted and nothing went according to plan. How do you rebuild a life for your family when your parent threw everything away on a hoax? Really interesting look into how resilient but impressionable growing up in a bizarre family situation can make you. I rea ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really got engaged into this story. Rooney Harris' mother just got fired from a part time job at a day care center. Her divorced mother is all wrapped up in the clenches of a cult and has lost all sense of reality.

Rooney is a senior in high school shouldering the burden for taking care of her mother and much younger brother, Daniel. Rooney has taken on an extra shift at a small grocery in town, Trymg the best that she can, she does not how much longer she can survive, going to school, washing
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another unusual read that I would typically not pick up first, but this is a compelling and fascinating story of a teenager in an impossible situation with a mother who is a part of an end of the world cult and her struggles to protect herself and her brother. I felt this story seemed really realistic and the characters relatable. I like contemporaries that take a unique slant and this one definitely did. The relationships are complex but van Dam navigates them well. The MC goes through a distin ...more
Rebecca Wrigley
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I got sucked in from the beginning and read it every chance I had. It's a really interesting story that keeps moving forward and the characters' relationships clearly struck a chord with me (I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying). Awesome debut novel!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It really explored the theme of feeling home and family dynamics. And I love a good cult story.
{My thoughts} – I have to admit from the beginning that this isn’t ordinarily the kind of book that I would just pick up and read. I receive a lot of different genres of books from Scholastic to Read and Review and sometimes they send some that aren’t otherwise in my usual reading genres. This is one of those books and I am so glad they sent it.

When I picked this book up to read I didn’t read anything about it, I just opened the book and turned to the first page of the first chapter and started
Paige Green
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (cults, depression, attempted suicide)

Pages: 384

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Synopsis: It's not the end of the world, but it's starting to feel that way. On November 17, the Next World Society is planning to leave Earth behind and reboot human civilization on a planet unaffected by climate change and pollution. It sound
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. I actually really liked this. I loved that it centered around a cult and I loved seeing what happens when the curtains are lifted.
I felt a lot of frustration towards Rooney. I’d get really mad at her at times for her not asking for help, thinking she knows what’s best for everyone all the while her life is falling apart.
I LOVED the Fishers. Rooney needed them! They were by far her saving grace.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance between Rooney and Mercer. It just felt I can’t put m
Heidi Ingalls
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Come November by Katrin van Dam is a debut YA novel that I received in the Unplugged's November book box. In this book, we are introduced to Rooney, a teenage girl whose mother is apart of the Next World Society, a "cult" that believes that aliens, or Hwaral, will come for them to start a life on another planet if they just let go of all of their earthly possessions and memories. This is supposed to happen on November 17th, what they call "Departure". She, in
Shona Gibson
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
What would you do if you were a senior in high school with a brother in elementary school and your mom lost her job and put all her hopes into a cult that believes an alien race is coming to get you to whisk you away to another planet in a few short months?

Rooney and her younger brother live with their divorced mom who puts all her believe (and money) into a cult leader who believes they will desert the earth on November 18th for another planet that is unsullied by pollution and the general ne
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent YA read about a subject that isn't discussed much; what happens when your mom joins a doomsday cult and believes that aliens are coming on November 17th to whisk believers to a new world paradise? This is exactly what teenager Rooney must deal with when her mother joins the Next World Society and gives all the family money and possession to this cult, leaving Rooney and her younger brother virtually homeless.
Rooney and her brother love their mom, and like most children have been taugh
Kailah Peters
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great debut novel! The story will make you angry and sad at the same time. Sometimes you root for Rooney, and at others, you see where she is messing up because she is only a kid.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall an interesting story but many of the characters were pretty one dimensional for me.
Tiffanie West
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Normally I wouldn’t have picked out this book myself, it was part of a book club. There were some slow parts but over all a quick, fun, easy read.
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Growing up, Katrin van Dam lived for singing, dancing, acting and generally showing off. She majored in Theater Studies at Yale and then moved to New York to become a Big Star. She soon discovered that she had a crippling attachment to food and shelter, and that her acting “career” was unlikely to yield much of either, so she got a job in children’s media. There she discovered a passion for writin ...more
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