Review: You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne

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Review: You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna BourneYou and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne
Published by Scholastic Press on July 20, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (368 pages)
Source: Library
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This is no ordinary apocalypse...

Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he's the only one left), but he's also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah's.

Stuck with only each other, they explore a world with no parents, no friends, and no school and realize that they can be themselves instead of playing the parts everyone expects of them. Hannah doesn't have to be just an overachieving, music-box-perfect ballerina, and Leo can be more than a slacker, 80s-glam-metal-obsessed guitarist. Leo is a burst of honesty and fun that draws Hannah out, and Hannah's got Leo thinking about someone other than himself for the first time.

Together, they search for answers amid crushing isolation, but while their empty world may appear harmless . . . it's not. Because nothing is quite as it seems, and if Hannah and Leo don't figure out what's going on, they might just be torn apart forever.

three-half-stars

Proceed With Caution:

This book contains discussions of death, blood, and a car accident.

The Basics:

You and Me at the End of the World is narrated by seventeen-year-olds Hannah and Leo after they wake up one day to find the rest of the world gone. At first, they both think they’re all alone, but then Hannah stumbles upon Leo playing guitar. From then on, the two are inseparable as they try to figure out what happened to them and what they want to do next.

My Thoughts:

He was a punk. She did ballet. What more can I say? You and Me at the End of the World starts exactly like that. And yes, Hannah and Leo both secretly like the other, but are afraid to admit it because they don’t think the feelings are returned. Plus, they’re the last two people on Earth, so rejection would be awkward and isolating. That doesn’t stop them from trying to make each other smile while the world is probably ending.

Something that really nagged at me for a good portion of You and Me at the End of the World was wondering where all of the cars went. When Leo and Hannah are on their way to the music festival place, his is the only car on the road. But when they arrive, they mention there being cars everywhere, including the tour bus they were looking for. Shouldn’t there have been cars blocking roads, or wherever they were when people disappeared? If not, then why was the tour bus where it was? This is kind of cleared up toward the end, but only indirectly.

I did figure out “the twist” pretty early on. Hannah and Leo have plenty of theories on where everyone else went and why they’re the only two left. My theory was essentially the one thing they didn’t come up with. Of course. I did still enjoy the reveal though, because it was a little different than how I imagined it going. I was a bit let down by one little detail. It could have been expanded on more, or just left out completely. As it was it was just kind of…blah and felt super dramatic for a one line thing.

In the end, I did enjoy You and Me at the End of the World. It was fun and cute. The middle does drag a bit and goes off course. But the ending was sweet.

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