A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Eddie shares advice he learned from his therapist about managing his ADHD and making mistakes.
Everything about you is powerful, and you decide how much power to give to what you consider your weakness. No matter how bad things get, it won't lessen the good. Best friends can work through their fear together.
Positive Role Models
Eddie uses what he learns in therapy to help others. He's open about his mental health and isn't ashamed. He's supportive of his friends and is there for them.
Eddie has ADHD and takes medicine for it. He also goes to therapy. The main characters are Black and there isn't a stereotypical portrayal. There's a Black athlete who's insecure about his skill, and he talks about how he feels pressure to succeed. Many of the kids play video games. Characters call out sexism and ageism.
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Violence & Scariness
Eddie's older brother bullies him by smacking a pile of clothes out of his hand and pouring honey in his bed. Eddie and his friends play-fight and tease each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Eddie has a crush on a girl from school and imagines their interactions. He's shirtless for the entirety of the book, and there are comments about his body type and nipples.
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Eddie and his brother call each other names like "weasel," "rat person," "dork," and "gerbil." Eddie calls his stepdad "WBD" (for Wanna Be Dad) and calls his dad who passed away his real dad.
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of Froot Loops, TikTok, Superman, Pop-Tarts.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Eddie takes medication for his ADHD twice a day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit, by Justin A. Reynolds, follows Eddie Gordon and his "genius" plan of getting out of doing his laundry over the summer. His plan involves wearing every item of clothing he owns so he doesn't have to do laundry until he runs out. This leaves him with only a bathing suit left to wear during the book. As a result, Eddie is shirtless, and there are comments about his physique and nipples. When Eddie's mom discovers his laundry, the avalanche falls on her, and a pair of his underwear falls on her head. Since the clothes have been sitting all summer, there's an odor. The scene teeters between gross and funny. Eddie has a crush on a girl from school. He daydreams what he'd say to her, but she never appears. Eddie and his brother call each other names, and his brother bullies him by smacking a pile of clothes out of his hand and pouring honey in his bed.
Is It Any Good?
Funny rants and antics abound in this apocalyptic tale. It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit has plenty of laughs thanks to the narrator, Eddie Gordon. He begins by "hooking the reader up" and starting the chapter count at 100, so even readers that just start reading can say they're on chapter 100. It's an inventive way to start the book and introduce readers to the protagonist. Eddie has a unique and engaging voice and he speaks about many topics, from lamenting laundry conspiracies to fibs parents tell to his ADHD diagnosis and treatment. There's a lot of kid humor, burping, and dad jokes for readers to enjoy.
As entertaining as Eddie's rants are, there are a lot of them. The plot's pacing is slow, with most of the focus being on Eddie's musings. The to-be-continued ending will either leave readers wanting more or feeling disappointed that more wasn't resolved during the book.
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