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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  895 ratings  ·  248 reviews
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!
Hollis
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
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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.
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
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˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
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
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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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Emily B
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have super mixed feelings about this book. I felt as if the things I liked about it were also the things I disliked about it. Overall I felt the plot fell short, and while I enjoyed the little details of this novel, the story as a whole didn’t cut it for me.

I also feel this novel wasn’t different enough to Henry’s other novel heretics anonymous (which I loved)
Alex (PaperbackPiano)
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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Jessica Woodbury
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ya, lgbtq
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
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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.
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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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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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 Doomsdaytackled 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
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Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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.
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!
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
Jaye Berry
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks, contemporary, 2019
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
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Ivy
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-soon-19
Whoever designed this cover probably ate Andy Warhol's soul and then ate a lot of tomatoes.
Melanie  Brinkman
Is it the end of the world as we know it?

There are many ways the world could end. Fire. Flood. A massive volcanic eruption. Ellis is more than prepared for any of these catastrophic scenarios. But Ellis isn't expecting Hannah. Hannah calls their meeting fate. Ellis is scared about the end of the world; Hannah knows when it's going to happen.

Despite Ellis's ever-present anxiety, the two become friends. As they try to make sense of Hannah's premonition, Ellis feels more and more lost. How do you
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ErynnMarie
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very thought-provoking book. I loved the way the protagonist explored her emotions and anxieties and beliefs, and how her challenging life experiences actually helped her overcome her personal challenges. It was very cleverly written.

I had a thought that I’m having a little trouble unpacking. I think Ellis was actually somewhat of an Unreliable Narrator—but perhaps an Unwittingly Unreliable Narrator. She didn’t mislead us about the plot, but she misled us about herself. She tells us
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Christina
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie Henry is a new author that I'll pick up whatever they write. Give me those food -covered books! She's always really funny too!

Katie Henry has such an interesting take on a depth of things. I was surprised to be reading from the perspective of a Mormon girl; I was even more surprised to be reading about her anxiety and talk sessions with her therapist. Normalizing therapy is a great torch for authors to carry, as is showing a main character with anxiety or religion. Other than Henry's book
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Rahma Abdelrahman
4.5 stars.

Wow. Did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did!
And to think I was never interested in reading this author’s debut novel. Guess now I’ll have to, especially since it seems to get better reviews.

The only reason this is not a full 5 stars is that I felt the romance subplot was not needed. It didn’t make much sense either.

But that’s a minor problem. Everything else was perfect! The characters are realistic, and the writing witty and introspective - my favourite kind!

Highly
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Maddie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Katie Henry really goes above and beyond with her novels and I am LIVING for it!!! "Let's Call It a Doomsday" offers such an excellent and nuanced perspective on anxiety, what constitutes reality, and faith. If you can get your hands on this book, I highly recommend giving it a read. Personally, Katie Henry has already cemented herself as one of my auto-buy authors with only two books. I love her writing! ...more
Amanda Koger
im so sad that i didn't love this as much as heretics anonymous. i loved ellis, but hannah and ellis's mom really pissed me off (and even her dad towards the end). I'm not sure how i feel about this one. i still love katie henry's writing and i will still read more from her in the future. just maybe this one wasn't for me?
Cortney
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-library
I have read a LOT of contemporary YA. Since before I was a part of its target audience to now, at the ripe old age of 30.

This book is wholly unique to my reading experience.

And it is FANTASTIC.

I'm not sure I've ever come across such a viscerally painted depiction of anxiety (or any mental illness, for that matter) in fiction. But it's not just Ellis's anxiety that makes her story fantastic--it's every little thing about her. A Mormon Doomsday prepper with crippling anxiety isn't the first thing
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