Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review: No Parking at the end times

Book Review:  By Sarah Ice

 No Parking at the end times
By: Bryan Bliss

General Information: 

Title: No Parking at the End Times
 Author: Bryan Bliss
Copyright Date: 2015
Genre: YA contemperary
Pages: 272
Price: $14.02
ISBN: 9780062275417

Synopsis: "Abigail’s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they've lost everything. She’s left to decide: Does she still believe in them? Or is it time to believe in herself? Fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will connect with this moving debut.

Abigail doesn't know how her dad found Brother John. Maybe it was the billboards. Or the radio. What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation. Or the next, or the next. Her parents shouldn't have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the "end of the world." Because of course the end didn't come. And now they're living in their van. And Aaron’s disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right. But maybe it’s too big a task for one teenage girl. Bryan Bliss’s thoughtful, literary debut novel is about losing everything—and about what you will do for the people you love."

Cover: The cover was really pretty because of all the fog. The colors really goes well together. It does go along with the book; even though they didn't say what color the van was. 

Theme: Throughout the book the theme was really clear because the whole book seemed to revolve around it. The theme was that family is the most important thing in someones life! No matter what happens family will always be there for you whatever hardship you are going through.

Point of View: It was in first person; spoken from Abigail. She was the main character. 

Intended Audience: This book was written for young adults. It seemed like it was a reality show you were reading. That it could be happening right now. It was just right now teens, not written below them but not above them either.

Author Style: Bryan Bliss didn't have any distinctive writing styles but he was not descriptive at all. Writing like this can be a pro or a con. Yes it was easier to read because only the details that were needed were written but sometimes there were not enough details. 

Characters: The main characters were Abigail, her parents and her brother. Abigail was written really well and I enjoyed reading her. One of her biggest qualities was that she was very optimistic but that lead her to be borderline annoying. Something that I couldn't stand with her is that she could never make a decision. By the end of the book she grew up and became a better woman though.
Her parents were written well but not the best characters. Abigail's mother didn't really play a part in the book so there is not much I can say about her. The father was sort of the 'villian' of the book. I didn't like him at all and thought he was an idiot. The last character is her brother - at the beginning of the book I didn't like him at all but then by the end of it he had some qualities that I could like.

 Plot: There were a lot of things that happened within this book but none of them were 'WOW' moments. If your looking for action or some huge remarkable book then skip this one. 
This book did flow very well and a worthwhile read but once I finished it, it didn't leave me with anything. The only thing I can really say is that it was kind of dull compared to other books I normally read. 

My Opinion: I liked this book but not one of the best. My first statement after finishing the book was that I liked it but that's it. It didn't leave me with any message or any feelings. I feel like there was enough stuff happening but there should have been some great moments that make me not want to put it down. I read it all in one day because it was so short as well. Like I have said before - if you are looking for action or mind changing books then this is not for you. 

Score:Image result for 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book?  Yes
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