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The Breakfast Club meets We Are the Ants in this timely story for a generation of young activists.

If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do?

This is the question that haunts Amina as she watches new and horrible stories of discord and crisis flash across the news every day.

But when she starts at prestigious Gardner Academy, Amina finds a group of li
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Ellie M
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I tried multiple times over the past few months to get this book and I'm so glad I did. But the description doesn't say much about the actual plot, so I guess I'll describe it here.
It's not actually a survival or apocalyptic story, but more of a contemporary with some mystery elements. Which is my favorite type of book. And it's set at a boarding school. Not the usual stuffy, strict kind, but more like the kind from the show "Zoey 101." Amina Hareli is starting her sophomore year there because o
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Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
(33%) A second DNF today, this one, I felt, was falsely advertised. I thought it was going to be about a bunch of prepper kids, but I realised that that idea was quickly scrapped, most of the kids had little interest in the club and most of the story seemed to be focused on the main character running for student council or something, but I cannot explain why she chose to. On top of that, the characters felt very fake to me, they never felt like real people I could relate to.
Jypsy
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Iread Book Tours for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

How To Pack For The End Of The World
By: Michelle Falkoff


REVIEW ☆☆☆☆

There is no literal end of the world or apocalypse happening in How To Pack For The End Of The World. The story throws Amina, a new scholarship student suffering from paranoia about the world ending, and a few other boarding school teens with a shared interest in prepping together, and as friends, they face
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Frances Bland
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever since an attack on her synagogue, Amina becomes obsessed with anti-Semetic behavior and has begun to live in fear with recurring nightmares.  When a scholarship position to the prestigious Gardner Academy opens up, Amina's parents send her in order to change her mindset.  Amina is very unsure about Gardner, but attends a pre-orientation game night where an interesting question in Would You Rather captures her interest.  The question leads to a gathering of five people from the game night: W ...more
Paige (pagebypaigebooks)
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as I heard the premise of this book I knew I had to read it. The title drew me in immediately and I thought it would be the perfect read, considering everything going on at the moment. The writing made for a fast and enjoyable read. I found the main character Amina to have a very interesting perspective on life, and I completely understood everything she was worried about. It was refreshing to see a contemporary combine important aspects like climate change while also making it fun. I en ...more
Angel
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The mention of The Breakfast Club is what sold me on this one right away. The title itself felt like the perfect read considering the current state of everything. I was expecting a sort of dystopian novel, and it definitely isn't, but I think I like it better this way. It was a quick read that I found myself invested in from the start.

The main character, Amina, was relatable, which made it easy to connect with her. I loved Wyatt and Jo, but I had mixed feelings on Hunter and Chloe; they were tol
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BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery
Amina has just started a new school due to her anxiety and consistent focus on dooms-day situations. She finds some like-minded friends, and they create a new group where they focus on survivalist techniques. They create increasingly intense and difficult challenges that the group needs to succeed in. Someone is attacking the group one by one on social media though, and the need to figure out who it is.

I really enjoyed this story. I thought the plot was intriguing, and I found myself surprised o
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Colette
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Falkoff has written a timely, thoughtful, provocative book that I couldn’t put down. The plot is filled with unexpected, compelling twists, each character is vividly imagined, and Amina’s narrative voice is a beautiful balance of innocence and intellect. HOW TO PACK FOR THE END OF THE WORLD gave me hope that there is a path forward from these precarious times to a place where empathy instead of rancor reigns.
Thindbooks
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
*This e-arc was given to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*

I like this book. It's about Amina joins Gardner Academy and finds a group that is all haunted by worldwide crises. They become fast friends and start learning survival skills together but there is one person targeting them by causing drama and pranks. I enjoyed the author's writing for this book but the plot structure wasn't well. There wasn't really a huge conflict in the book other than that one person pulling pra
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Julie
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and the different ways that the kids tried living while on campus. I liked the group of friends and how they solved and tried to plan for the end of the world. Slight romance but overall it was a good book.
Ms. Yingling
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus
Jenna Rideout
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author Michelle Falkoff, the publisher HarperCollins, and iReads Book Tours for access to an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to iReads for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for this title. Thank you to Michelle Falkoff for trying your best to get me hooked up with a copy through NetGalley. Thank you to my influencer program contacts at HarperCollins for hooking me up via Edelweiss when we ran into regional troubles with the N ...more
Arlen
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
How to Pack for the End of the World
by Michelle Falkoff
Pub Date: 10 Nov 2020
read courtesy of http://netgalley.com

Put five different competitive high schoolers together to see who can survive hypothetical apocalyptic disasters, and you get five unique interesting challenges. Falkoff crafted an entertaining story that expertly incorporated five different characterizations into the survival scenarios. I found some fairly profound truths in this story that resonated with me: (1) "I hated that I tend
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Aoife
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020arc, 2020e
Prepping is edging into the mainstream, especially after the year we've had. Everyone is starting to see that having a few packs of toilet paper and some cans put by isn't such a bad idea, and more novels are starting to reflect that. Including this odd duck.


If you're reading it looking for survival tips, you won't get any, except maybe during Wyatt's game. This novel isn't actually about survivalism, you see; that's just the hook that drew the characters together. Each character has an interest
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Angela Thompson
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to Pack for the End of the World Takes a Fictionalized Look at Teen Pressures. This book takes a group of teens from various lifestyles and life experiences and bonds them within a boarding school setting. The outside pressures and fears of both the external world events and daily teen insecurities and struggles are presented via the group's individual personalities, values, and pasts. As the teens work through various challenges to prepare themselves for the end of the world, they share and ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very different book than what I usually read, and though I have a much different viewpoint on what will happen at the end of the world, I did the different aspects of the story the students have kind of interesting.

Amina’s parents sends her to a prestigious boarding school because she is obsessed with the end of the world and they are hoping this will help with the anxiety she has been having. After there a few days at the school she is invited to a mysterious meeting along with four o
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Stephanie Ward
This realistic fictional YA novel follows five high school sophomores as they attend their first year at Gardner Academy — all from various backgrounds, but all with fears of what the future holds. Starting a club called Eucalyptus, the group meets to play survival games and readers slowly find out their secrets and pasts. In parallel, the new friends form bonds and crushes, friendships and romantic relationships as they adjust to life away from home. When they each become victims of various pra ...more
Julie
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, own, tour
Amina is preoccupied with all that is wrong with society and the many ways the world could end. So her parents send her to a private boarding school hoping she will shed her anxiety. It doesn’t take her long to find like-minded friends who form a sort of dooms-day club and they each find ways to turn their obsessions into elaborate games. Halfway through the semester, Amina realizes that someone is dead set on humiliating her new friends, exposing their darkest secrets to everyone on campus. Tho ...more
Amy
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
How to Pack for the End of the World is my first introduction to the work of Michelle Falkoff. The genre of it is teen and young adult fiction. It is a little different than what I am used to. Right from the beginning, I was not sure what to expect. The writing style was unique and it did take me a little while to get into it. It was about a third of the way through the book, I was hooked. I am glad that I continued to hang in there and kept reading or I would have missed a good read. I believe ...more
Gina R Mitchell
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
How to Pack for the End of the World is an interesting tale of teens at a private school. They come together to form a group of “preppers” planning for the end of the world as we know it. They use elaborate games to help them along the way. When someone begins to play devious pranks on each person, the typical high school drama and angst makes its presence known.

When you mix the jock, the nerd, a social influencer, and a girl traumatized by a fire at her former Jewish school, the story is bound
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Chris G.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
There’s a mixer the first night at boarding school, and that’s when Amina notices composed Jo, glamorous Chloe, cute and sporty Hunter, and charmingly naive Wyatt who asks the group an intriguing question - if there was a apocalypse, would they rather die with their family or survive to build a new world without any family? A few nights Amina accepts a mysterious invitation to a meet up at the most secure room on campus and the other four are there as well. They form a club and decide to take tu ...more
Nyeree
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Tina
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love it!
Thindbooks
*This e-arc was given to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*

I like this book. It's about Amina joins Gardner Academy and finds a group that is all haunted by worldwide crises. They become fast friends and start learning survival skills together but there is one person targeting them by causing drama and pranks. I enjoyed the author's writing for this book but the plot structure wasn't well. There wasn't really a huge conflict in the book other than that one person pulling pra
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