All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher | 1 Minute Reviews

Despite being a bit mentally wobbly, I’ve whipped through this emotional book over the last two days. It was just the sort of heartfeels family drama that I needed.


Lenny’s father is dying of cancer. It’s a truth she’s not quite willing to admit or face, but she knows its true. Her mother is becoming obsessed with wellness and homeopathic remedies, her sister is awol at College and her best friend Julian is coordinating a stage performance ode to Georgia O’Keefe.

The only things holding her together are her endless lists of ways the world can end, her bunker and Dr. Ganesh, the handsome oncologist looking after her dad.

From the moment I opened the page, I loved Lenny’s voice. She feels like a real teenager struggling to cope with huge life changes on her horizon, while teetering on the edge of a breakdown. While not specifically named as obsessive compulsive disorder in the book, it’s nice to see OCD being discussed along the lines of intrusive thoughts and compulsions.

Lenny’s attempted seduction of Dr. Ganesh reminds me of being an awkward teenager trying to win the affections of men far too old for me, and the moments in his office later in the book just ripped my heart out.

This book pulled on my heartstrings, but also its incredibly funny. I found myself laughing out loud on a few occasions, and I’m really looking forward to reading more from Abby Sher; perhaps she is the American Holly Bourne?

You should get it here.

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Thank you to Hot Key Books for sharing this copy with me.

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