Synopsis from Scholastic:
Twelve-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway has concocted his most genius plan ever to avoid chores especially the dreaded L-A-U-N-D-R-Y. If he can wear all the clothes he owns, he’ll only have to do the laundry once during his school break.
On the day of the highly-anticipated Beach Bash, Eddie’s monstrous pile of dirty laundry is found by his mom. And Eddie’s day has just taken a turn for the worst. Now he’s stuck at home by himself, missing the bash, and doing his whole pile of laundry. But mid-cycle, the power goes out!
With his first load of laundry wet and the rest of his stuff still filthy, he sets out to explore the seemingly empty neighborhood in his glow-in-the-dark swim trunks, flip-flops, and a beach towel. He soon meets up with other neighborhood kids: newcomer Xavier (who was mid-haircut and has half his head shaved), Eddie’s former friend Sonia (who has spent her entire break trying to beat a video game and was mid-battle with the final boss), and siblings Trey and Sage (who are dealing with major sibling drama).
As they group up to cover more ground and find out what happened, they realize that their families aren’t coming back anytime soon. And as night falls, the crew realizes that they aren’t just the only people left in the neighborhood, they might be the only people left anywhere.
About: It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit is a middle grade fiction written by Justin A. Reynolds. It was published on 4/5/2022 by Scholastic, paperback, 304 pages. The genres are middle grade fiction, dystopian, and contemporary. This book is intended for readers ages 8 to 12, grades 3 to 7. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit on 4/1/2022 and DNF at 26% or page 82 on 4/17/2022. A lot of slang English in this story. The main character, Eddie, constantly talking to readers, and often away from the story. I just want the story to carry on. But at this stage, it’s just him doing laundry in the basement. Not exciting. He’s complaining about his mom’s many laundry rules. He complains about his older brother making fun of him. He wanted to wish himself an only child. I’m just not interested in this story anymore.
This book started with Eddie, 12 as he talked to readers about his plan to not do his chores. One of the chores he disliked most was laundry. He planned on wearing everything he has in his closet to delay doing laundry for the remainder of the summer. His older brother who he called Bronster, a combination of brother and monster, because his brother always picked on Eddie. His stepfather was actually one he tired of the most because he’s very “enthusiastic” and amped up in the morning. Too early for Eddie to be wide awake to join in on any excitement yet. At the end of summer, he’s ready to go to the annual Beach Bash and his laundry plan has been working because he’s down to his last piece of clothing, swimming short in time for the beach. Except before leaving for the beach, an unexpected event occurred with Eddie’s mom.
Sorry but I have to DNF.
About the Author:
Justin A. Reynolds has always wanted to be a writer. Opposite of Always, his debut novel, was an Indies Introduce selection, a School Library Journal Best Book, has been translated in 17 languages, and is being developed for film with Paramount Players. He hangs out in northeast Ohio with his family and likes it, and is probably somewhere, right now, dancing terribly. His second novel, Early Departures, published September 2020. You can find him at justinareynolds.com (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram page and info obtained from Edelweiss).
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