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Title: The End of The World as We Know It
Author: Iva Marie Palmer
The Breakfast Club meets The War of the Worlds in The End of the World as We Know It, the latest release from Alloy Entertainment (The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, 666 Park Avenue, Gossip Girl)
They wanted to party like it was their last night on earth. They just might get their wish….
Meet the four most unlikely heroes ever:
Teena McAuley: Queen Bee, first-class problem solver, resident heartbreaker.
Leo Starnick: UFO conspirator, pizza delivery boy, all-around slacker.
Evan Brighton: Baseball all-star, extreme virgin, Teena-worshipper.
Sarabeth Lewis: Straight-A student, weekend hermit, enemy of the color pink.
When Teena locks Leo, Evan, and Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn’t plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it’s up to them to save the world….
The End of The World As We Know It is certainly an unique story to be told. What initially stood out for me when I was deciding whether or not I should read it, were the references of The Breakfast Club and The War of the Worlds; as both are two of my favorite movies! Let me just tell you this now, if you like either of those movies than you will love this book!
The End of The World as We Know It is told in alternating points of view from four very different teenagers from different social circles. I especially liked Sarabeth and Leo they were my favorite right from the start. Though I have to give Teena props she had the major character growth, Evan was alright as well. I’m glad that despite their differences and the dire end of the world circumstances they all found a way to come together, fight back and still have some humor left.
I absolutely loved the aliens as well (as weird as that sounds). They weren’t just cute green aliens or human-like aliens. They’re purple, slimy & coffee smelling other worldly creatures that capture and kill people. I liked how original all of the action filled moments was. It’s not just shooting them with a gun and that’s it, I don’t want to give anything away but the only way to kill them is very different than what you would think.
This book was hilarious and very action packed! I never knew exactly what would happen next. I found myself laughing out loud at times and sitting on the edge of my seat at other times. When a book can make you do both you know it’s something special! Iva-Marie Palmer did a fantastic job and I am looking forward to reading more from her! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Everybody give a warm welcome to Iva Marie Palmer!!
Hi Megan, thank you so much for having me drop in on the blog! I’m thrilled to be here. I loved your interview questions and I hope I’ve done a good job with them.
1. Describe yourself in three words?
I’m not big on hardcover, because it’s so much harder to tote around and I often carry more than one book with me. Therefore, it follows that I love reading ebooks because I can carry so many with me at once, but I still crave physical books. Some books I have to have in tangible form. I like the element of discovery that comes with looking at someone’s stocked bookshelves. Still, I’m not at all sad to think my book will remain a pure e-book, unless the publisher decides otherwise. I like being part of this whole the-future-is-now thing.
3. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I tend not to have one favorite but to favor certain people from moment to moment as I devour their work. But if I’m picking an author whose work has really struck me and has stuck with me a long time, I’d go with two: Judy Blume, for the endurance of her work. She creates such real characters that they last. And Meg Cabot, for great characters, an amazing output, and her stellar sense of humor. I so admire writers who can make me laugh out loud. And, though I’m still working my way through his work, I’m a big admirer of Stephen King for his book On Writing and for the fact that he is such an appreciator of other people’s work. I’m a big believer in the notion that you have to read a lot to be a good writer.
4. If you weren’t an author what would you be doing?
Well, I have a day job as a web editor for one of Disney’s websites but I think if I could do it all again, I would have gone to school for my masters in library sciences so I could be a children’s or teen librarian.
5. What inspired you to write The End of The World As We Know It?
I wanted desperately to write something that felt like the teen movies I grew up with – where relationships mattered more than sheer shock value or silly, gross-out jokes. I wanted a big story that still felt small enough to happen to anyone. And I wanted to write something that felt like it was speaking to me-at-16, with all of the concerns and craziness that came with that age.
6. Which of your characters is most like you?
I like to say I’m the love child of Leo and Sarabeth. I’m more bookish and quieter like Sarabeth but in groups where I’m comfortable, I’m more a joke cracker like Leo.
7. Are the characters in your novel inspired by people in your life? If so, how and why?
Each one has bits and pieces of me in them, bits and pieces of people I’ve met or heard about but mostly they just came out of my brain. I try to start totally fresh with every character. So I don’t consciously base characters on anyone I know, because I’m afraid then I’ll try too hard to stay true to the real person, instead of the character.
8. List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?
I’m reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and so far, it’s so good and I’d recommend it. Song of Fire and Ice, the first book of The Game of Thrones series, surprised me. I rarely read big, saga-y books like that, but the characters are so wonderfully written and the intrigues so intriguing, I think I’m going to read the rest of the books. I also thought that The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach was a great, thoughtful read without pretension.
9. What do you think makes a good story?
I’m a strong believer in it all starting with your characters. If you don’t care about your characters – I’m not saying you have like them, just care about them – then I think it’s hard to find the story. Your story is in your characters, so find your characters, care about them, and you’ll write a better story. Also, profuse amounts of caffeine at inopportune times has always helped me.
10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
If you are writing, you are no longer aspiring. You are a writer. And I think the best advice I can give is to sit down and to write. Stay with the empty document on your screen or the empty page in your notebook for longer than you feel comfortable. Don’t believe in writer’s block; the words are just waiting for you to find them. That sounds really profound, and I didn’t mean it too. Guess I’ll have to hang it above my desk. J
Thank you so much for having me! I hope I’ve done your questions justice!
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