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Let's Call It a Doomsday

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  59 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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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
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
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.
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
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
Jessica Woodbury
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbtq, ya
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
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
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.
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
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc
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!
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
Ellis suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. One day, when leaving her therapist's office, she meets Hannah who tells her that the end of the world is coming and that she's seen that they'll be together on that day. Ellis believes her, but will anyone else?

Without having direct personal experience with either of these, this seems like a thoughtful and well-executed depiction of both clinical anxiety and Mormonism. With a quirky cast of characters (a la John Green) and a well-paced plot, this
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.
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
Olivia Farr
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabc-reviews
See my full review here:

LET'S CALL IT A DOOMSDAY follows Ellis, a teenager who is Mormon and has an anxiety disorder. Eliis is in therapy as she struggles through anxiety every day- in social situations, about her family, and about potential apocalyptic situations. She is what she considers a normal prepper- not too intense about it, but she is still prepared for the end of the world.

She feels a little disconnected from her family- her sister who is unde
Kelly Hager
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely couldn't stop reading this book! I felt horrible for Ellis, who has all these intrusive thoughts (the ones that a lot of us have, I think, about people staring at us or not liking us, but also ones about how the world could literally end at any moment and what would you do and are you really ready to survive in a world without, say, electricity or clean water?) and who is clearly not handling it well. She's preparing as best she can, turning Amazon gift cards into water, nonperishab ...more
Audrey (missaudreyclass)

In comparison to other Doomsday preppers, Ellis is “the picture of normalcy. June Cleaver with freeze-dried casseroles. Betty Crocker in a gas mask” (Henry 189).

Ellis thinks the world is ending, and she really can’t think about anything else.
She is a hilarious and anxiety-inducing character, relatable even if you don’t have anxiety...even if you’ve never considered setting a therapy couch on fire in order to bail on your therapist (36). 🔥

Author Katie Henry realistically and authentically write
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is right up my alley. It is very character driven and focuses a lot less on plot than most, but that's a big part of why I loved it. Ellis was such an interesting and complex main character, and I really enjoyed reading her story. I love how Katie Henry continues being bold in her stories and discussing things like faith, questioning one's sexuality, and mental health all in one book. I can't find enough good things to say about this book!! There should definitely be an anxiety trigger ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book had everything I could ever want in a book: humour, friendship, mental health rep, and... the end of the world?

I loved following Ellis, a girl terrified the world will soon end and is obsessed with preparing for it inevitability, as she meets Hannah, a girl who knows exactly when the world will end. I loved how they were brought together and I really enjoyed how their relationship progressed throughout the book.

Lukyan's Library
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary-ya
This book was sent to me as a physical ARC from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by me being sent this novel. It comes out on August 9, 2019.

A really enjoyable contemporary book

CW: Mentions and goes into great detail of possible apocalypse scenarios.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this story is the involvement of the family in this book. Often in YA books, I feel that parents and other family members
Featured in "Mental Health Matters" on Intellectual Recreation.

One way that Ellis's anxiety condition manifests is in an obsessive need to prepare for the apocalypse. One afternoon, Ellis meets Hannah in her therapist's waiting room, and Hannah claims she knows when and how the world will end. The two girls clearly need each other.

Katie Henry tackles a lot in Let's Call it a Doomsday. Besides the mental health issues, Ellis is dealing with her faith as a believing Mormon, her sexuality, and
wow. this book sounds out of this world. really creative idea, and plot. NEED IT.
Kelli Cross
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review is posted on both my personal account and the account for Crossroads Public Library.

Ellis has General Anxiety Disorder and her life revolves around what if's. What if an earthquake strikes, what if there's a tsunami, what if a volcano erupts and covers the world in ash? Ellis is very concerned about the end of the world. So when she meets a girl who tells her she knows when it's going to happen, Ellis decides to go all in.

Katie Henry's depiction of GAD was spot-on (to me, personally)
Crossroads Library
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.75

Ellis has General Anxiety Disorder and her life revolves around what if's. What if an earthquake strikes, what if there's a tsunami, what if a volcano erupts and covers the world in ash? Ellis is very concerned about the end of the world. So when she meets a girl who tells her she knows when it's going to happen, Ellis decides to go all in.

Katie Henry's depiction of GAD was spot-on (to me, personally). Anxiety Disorder is a spiteful voice telling you all of the things you're d
Jill booksandescape
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review.

Let's Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry is about Ellis, a girl who fears the end of the world. When she meets Hannah in her therapist's waiting room, her entire life changes: Hannah says she knows when the world is going to end. As Ellis and Hannah search for the answers to Hannah's doomsday premonition, Ellis quickly becomes friends with Hannah and her friends. Ellis is even more fearful of doomsday now that she h
Sophie Elaina
Review coming soon!

*Advance reader copy provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

This book just wasn’t as compelling as Heretics Anonymous, and I just didn’t really sympathize with the characters. After her last book was strong satire about Catholic education, her attempt at doing the same to Doomsday prepping fell flat. I will definitely be reading the next Katie Henry release.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
i think ??? i am going to go with 3.5 ✨
i got an arc and i am supposed to review it but i'm not sure what to say.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arc, diverse
Two girls find themselves becoming best friends all while anticipating the end of the world. It is funny, sweet, and a excellent look at society with drama.
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