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There are so many ways the world could end. There could be a fire. A catastrophic flood. A super eruption that spews lakes of lava. Ellis Kimball has made note of all possible scenarios, and she is prepared for each one. What she doesn’t expect is meeting Hannah Marks in her therapist’s waiting room. Hannah calls their meeting fate. After all, Ellis is scared about the end ...more
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Published August 6th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was okay! I didn't really have any problems with it, but it also just didn't really inspire any major emotions from me, so 3 stars. I did definitely like it more than Heretics Anonymous though, so that's a plus! I'll probably keep giving Katie Henry's books a try because I feel like I could eventually really, really like something by her. Here's hoping! ...more
h o l l i s
I toyed with the idea of not writing a review for this book. Which might give you some initial insight as to why it’s unrated. Hopefully the review itself will explain why but also might explain why you might still want to read it yourself.

First of all, our main character has pretty severe anxiety. It manifests in constant doubt, internal criticism, and almost-constant fatalism; and we get to read that internal narrative as she hears it. Her anxiety also manifests itself in a worry about the wor
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Dahlia
A bi-questioning religious girl with anxiety that includes intrusive thoughts? Hot damn did I connect with this book hard. I really love the way Henry writes about religion in YA and honestly after this one it's probably gonna keep me coming back to her forever. I thought this was really great. ...more
C.G. Drews
I wanted to read this after loving Heretics Anonymous, but I go into books about mental illness with so warily these days. I've been burned way way too much. This has some absolutely excellent anxiety rep and intrusive thoughts discussions (plus some good therapy sessions which were so affirming and confronting in a good way) but it had (in my opinion) a super toxic resolution about mental illness. Namely:
- promotes the idea that you can have an epiphany and overcome mental illness.
- mild mental
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aphrodite
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
katie henry has done it again, folks


this author knows exactly how to write teenage coming of age stories and this one is no different. it’s the perfect blend of hard hitting topics like growing up with anxiety, struggling to make your parents proud, and accepting your sexuality as a person with faith while still having the endless comedic relief of dumbass kids

this is an amazing sophomore novel and I can tell it was a difficult one to write. she pulled it off well and I truly think this could h
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author.

Now I will fully admit that i'm relatively ignorant of the Mormon faith other than the fact that they don't drink coffee and Mitt Romney is one. I can't quite speak to the authenticity of the faith specific things BUT I cannot name a single book that I have read that has a main character that is a Mormon. I love especially that Katie wrote a religiously diverse group in Heretics Anonymous and continued that theme but with a new religious group
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Kales
Let me start off this review by saying this is a great depiction of GAD. As someone with GAD, I thought Henry's portrayal of it with Ellis's inner voice and her journey through therapy were good. I read it and related strongly with the vast majority of Ellis's struggles. I was impressed.

Henry also had a great insight into the Mormon religion. Unfortunately, as a religion, Mormonism gets a bad rap. Admittedly, I am limited in my knowledge of this particular religion (it is limited to THE BOOK OF
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Julia Sapphire
2.75 stars

I received an ARC from HCC Frenzy in exchange for an honest review.

TW: Anxiety, intrusive thoughts, substance abuse

This is a book that I had really mixed feelings on. I adored Katie Henry's debut "Heretics Anonymous". But unfortunately, this was mostly meh to me.

This story follows two girls, Ellis and Hannah. They meet in a therapist's waiting office and get in touch from there. This also has a religious component as Ellis is Mormon. Ellis has overwhelming anxiety about the concept
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Bethany
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
*Note: After looking at other reviews I thought I should add that while I'm not Mormon/LDS I did go to school with a lot of Mormon kids and had them as close friends. Maybe because my family was conservative Christian and we had a lot in common. So I'm pretty familiar with the faith and appreciate the way the author depicts it.

Katie Henry knocked it out of the park with her sophomore novel, further establishing her as an important and entertaining voice in the YA community on the complexities of
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Hillary
Apr 16, 2020 marked it as dnf-zone
Shelves: contemporary
DNF 25% | 30/04/2020

Sadly, I have to put this one down. I loved Heretics Anonymous so much that I thought I would love this one too, even if the synopsis made it sound like something I wouldn’t be interested in. I was in for Katie Henry’s funny writing style, but this book doesn’t really have that quality. It discusses religion in a great way and from the perspective of a Mormon girl, which is super interesting, but it’s not enough to make me want to continue.
This is a very good book for the rig
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Jay G
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

Ellis Kimball is a prepper, convinced the world will end any day now. Her therapist and family members are trying to get her to work on her anxiety from this belief, but nothing seems to be working. Then she meets a girl named Hannah, who has visions and confirms the end of the world is coming, and soon
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TL
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Shaun
*Overdrive app *

Would highly recommend the audiobook, narrator is excellent 👌
Jessica Woodbury
People can be complicated and it's great when stories understand that. Ellis Kimball is definitely not a one-note character. But a book is about figuring out how that character moves through the world and expresses herself, and that is where it comes up a little short. Ellis is struggling with anxiety, religion, sexuality, family, and the actual end of the world. That is a lot for just one character in just one book!

Despite my criticisms, I liked all the issues this book brought up. I just wante
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amy
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m still trying to gather my thoughts on this even though I finished it two days ago. I’m kind of confused about my feelings towards this so I might update this later on if I have any revelations.
kelly {BookCrushin}
Wow this book was a fascinating look at mental health and religion and just wow.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

Let's Call it a Doomsday tackled a few pretty tough topics, and overall handled it quite well. Ellis has an anxiety disorder, which she is in therapy for. She's of the Mormon faith, trying to figure out what her actual beliefs are. She has a rocky relationship with her parents, especially her mom, though they definitely love her tons. She is also a doomsday prepper, complete with suppli
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Alex (ReadingBetweenTheNotes)
First of all, this book has some of the best anxiety rep I’ve ever read. Only two pages in, I was absolutely certain that this was going to be a realistic and respectful portrayal. I thought Katie Henry did a great job of capturing the intrusive thoughts that come with anxiety; I always feel like people think I’m weird when I tell them about the little voice in my head that never shuts up so, I swear, I felt so SEEN by this book.

Ellis was a wonderful protagonist. Honestly, my heart ached for her
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Lacey D-Bell
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reread, finished copy, August 2019 via audiobook:
I liked this even more the second time around! The representation alone deserves ALL of the stars! This was a great audiobook as well! It might be something of a 4.5 star read!

Original ARC review, April 2019:
I was very lucky to receive a physical ARC from Katie Henry herself.

This book features GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), mormon/LDS rep, and exploring your sexuality. I love that about Katie Henry's books... how diverse they are while still
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Cassandra
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, reads-of-2019
I absolutely loved this! Exactly what I was hoping for from the brains that brought me one of my truest loves, Heretics Anonymous.
Lia
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the character growth and how it dealt with mental illness, queerness and religion and the intersection of those.

The main character is Mormon, has anxiety and realizes she might be queer.
Merb
~ 3.5 stars ~

Let's Call It a Doomsday is a young adult contemporary following teenager Ellis Kimball, who believes the world is going to end, and in just a few months time. Ellis has spent many years of her life suffering from anxiety, making her fixate and panic about things outside of her control, one of those things being Doomsday. When she meets Hannah Marks at her therapists' waiting room, Hannah informs Ellis that she knows the world is ending, and they must find a man called Profit Dan w
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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
*I probably could have written twice as much, but didn't want my review to be too long.*

There is something about Katie Henry's writing that is so funny, but yet she covers serious topics and I always learn something from her.  



Ellis lives with her parents and sister in Berkeley, California.  They are a Mormon family and their faith is very important to them.  Ellis adores her younger sister and has a great relationship with her father.  But her mother is super critical to the point of being mean
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Lisa
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019
I think a ton of readers will relate to Ellis in one way or another - the process questioning of what you've always known and the struggle to find answers about yourself and your deepest beliefs.

The main character is Ellis, who has Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I've never seen internal dialogue shown so well in a story, and it made Ellis' humor and doubt that much more profound.

Please ignore the ridiculous cover and sink into this lovely, deep contemporary!
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Becca Hoetger
What a delightful, funny, fun read! Let’s Call It a Doomsday was not at all what I expected, especially from the title. Ellis is a 16-year-old girl with severe anxiety about the apocalypse, and so she preps. But the novel is more nuanced than that, and explores anxiety, mental health, religion, parenting, and friendships. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there were laugh out loud sections that were spot on, and there were some cringe-worthy parts that were just a ...more
Adriana
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's Call it a Doomsday made me feel seen. Like the combination of anxiety and religion. I understood where Elise was coming from. Katie Henry being one of the only author's writing teen fiction with religion in a positive/balanced way is why I'll keep reading her. I'm so surprised she was able to create a character that truly speaks to me. ...more
Carah
This is about a teen girl named Ellis who has extreme anxiety and intrusive thoughts about the world ending. She meets a girl named Hannah in the waiting room at her therapist's office who tells her that she knows the world is going to end, and when... and that Ellis is going to be with her when it happens. It follows their friendship through out the story. Probably not the best book to pick up during the coronavirus outbreak, but here we are. lol.

I literally have no clue what to rate this. Mayb
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Jaye Berry
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, contemporary, ya, ebook
While I didn't really like Heretics Anonymous, I figured I would give this one a shot but I feel the exact same way about this one. This book yet again had great potential but throws it away.

Let's Call It A Doomsday is about two girls who meet in their therapist's waiting room. Ellis is overcome by anxiety about how the world is going to end and Hannah says that she knows when it is going to happen. Together they form an interesting friendship.

I just... don't get this book at all. While I though
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Eva B.
I didn't expect to love this so much...
Let's Call It A Doomsday centers on Ellis, a high schooler who's always thinking of how the world is going to end (mood) and obsessively prepping for it, to the dismay of her family. Then she meets a girl named Hannah at her therapist's office, who claims to know when and how the world will end, and says she'll be right beside Ellis when it does. This book is a must-read for anyone who deals with anxiety and intrusive thoughts, and up there with Eliza And H
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Beth
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arc
I adore this book. Perfectly drawn characters facing real life battles of faith, family, mental health, and sexuality with both humor and gravitas. I have more passages highlighted in this book than any other book I've ever read. Both youth and adults will be completely immersed on this path to discovering identity.

"I’ve only been given one body. I’ve only been given one brain, miswired and odd and mine. But my voice—not just what spills over my vocal cords and into the world, but the things I s
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beverley ♡
solid 3.5 stars

pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book.

I definitely like this more than I liked heretics anonymous. I really liked the main character and the love interest, I did like the side characters too because they were key to Ellis’ growth in the end.

I was worried the discussions of religion would be too overwhelming but the author did it really well and it was refreshing to read. I loved loved the anxiety rep in this and by the end of the book you could really see the cha
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