Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Hmm. What Is Going On Here?

 It's The End Of The World And I'm In My Bathing Suit by Justin A. Reynolds--I absolutely love the title. I love the cover. The book's main character, Eddie Gordon Holloway, is engaging and has a good voice. I like the basic concept--a kid who is caught in some kind of scifi situation while having nothing clean and dry to wear except the bathing suit he happens to have put on that morning. Kids left on their own to deal with with some kind of scenario like this has certainly been done before, but the bathing suit and the voice make this one attractive.

Eddie, though, tends to go on...and on...and on. About doing laundry. About his family. About doing laundry.About any number of things. And doing laundry. The laundry situation explains why Eddie is home alone during what appears to be a pivotal moment, at least locally. But I believe I was at the mid-point of the book before that pivotal moment even began to approach. This is the first volume in a serial, and it is definitely very introductory.

Could There Be A Reason For That?

Eddie has ADHD. ADHD has raised its head in my extended family and is having a look around. Thus it is a subject that interests me and that I may have to learn a great deal more about.

Not being knowledgeable about the subject at this point, I was left wondering as I read this book about the significance of ADHD in Eddie's life. Is Eddie's drifting away on tangents a representation of how the ADHD mind works? Is that what's going on here?

Or am I reading too much into this?

If the next book in the serial has as terrific a title and cover, I would be willing to give it another go, mainly because the story has barely started. 

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

This was exactly my thought. I am buying it, but I'm curious to see what my students think. Their biggest peeve is "nothing happens", and the amount of laundry...hmmm. Also, who has that much underwear? I had questions. So many questions.