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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442423889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442423886
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Maddeningly funny and heartbreaking. Klauss makes the end of the world feel like something to celebrate." --John M. Cusick, author of Girl Parts

"Insightful, humorous, and truthful....Already a skilled and polished writer, first-novelist Klauss offers adult and youth characters that are developed, realistic, and provocative....This book could well become the sort of came-from-nowhere, sustained hit that Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower proved to be." --Booklist, starred review

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is funny, heart-wrenching, and true. An amazing debut.” –Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

“A moving tale of the things that bring us together and thethings that tear us apart. Klauss navigates the fragile landscape of faith, friendship, and love with wit and insight.” --Carolee Dean, author of Take Me There

"Smart, honest, and thought-provoking, Everything YouNeed to Survive the Apocalypse is like nothing I've read before. What anamazing debut!" --Lisa Schroeder,author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Day Before

"Curious, funny, and heartfelt." --Albert Borris, author of Crash Into Me

"A powerful, thoughtful story about the wonders offirst love and a young man's quest to find a truth he can believe and live for. Lucas Klauss has written with courage about love and faith." --Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World

"A funny, thought-provoking look at the friends you lose and the friends you keep, the girls you get and the girls who get away, and the big questions you ask, even when they don't have answers." --Leila Sales, author of Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect

“Razor-sharp, hilarious, and so smart. Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is the book you were afraid to let yourself want.” --Hannah Moskowitz, author of Invincible Summer and Break

“High School only feels like the end of the world. What do you need to survive? Good friends, faith it will all work out, belief in yourself, and a sense of humor. Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse delivers on all fronts. I would recommend this book in your survival kit instead of bottled water and extra batteries.” --Eileen Cook, author of The Education of Hailey Kendrick and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

"Struggles with faith, family, friendship, and first love aren’t the end of the world, but sometimes they feel like it to 15-year-old Phillip Flowers. Author Lucas Klauss skillfully and honestly portrays the complexities of teenage life, as Phillip discovers that the only thing scarier than, say, a universe-imploding supercollider accident is having to pick up the pieces and find the answers—or at least the questions—when life goes on." --Michael Northrop, author of Gentlemen and Trapped

"Soulful, but sinfully funny, Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is for any reader who's ever had to deal with 'the end of the world.' (In other words, all of us!)" –Micol Ostow, author of 30 Guys in 30 Days and Family

"Maddeningly funny and heartbreaking. Klauss makes the end of the world feel like something to celebrate." –John M. Cusick, author of Girl Parts

"Apocalyptically wonderful. A smart and funny and sincere exploration of teenagers and faith." --Kristen Tracy, author of Lost It and A Field Guide for Heartbreakers

"An unflinching exploration of faith, devotion, and doubt: What do we believe in? Why do we believe it? Klauss asks us, and his characters, the essential questions." –Lauren Strasnick, author of Nothing Like You and Her and Me and You

"Transports grown-up readers back to a time of feeling young, awkward and convinced that a broken heart is essentially the end of the world." --Manhattan Magazine

"Tackles big issues [of] faith and love." --Kirkus

“A tightly woven story….This book would be a positive addition to a balanced young adult collection.” --VOYA

"Filled with smart observations and achingly funny insights. Debut author Lucas Klauss develops his characters with honesty and humor, asking thoughtful questions and avoiding easy answers. Not only is Phillip's journey of discovery an enjoyable page-turner, it's provocative enough to keep readers thinking long after they've finished the last page." -- Shelf Awareness

"Provocative....guaranteed to raise discussions." -- SLJ

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is wise about the misunderstandings we hang onto and the ways we fail to understand one another in both friendship and love.” --BookPage

"Insightful, humorous, and truthful....Already a skilled and polished writer, first-novelist Klauss offers adult and youth characters that are developed, realistic, and provocative....This book could well become the sort of came-from-nowhere, sustained hit that Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower proved to be." --Booklist, starred review

“Thoughtful…witty…well-drawn.” --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Lucas Klauss received an MFA in writing for children from the New School, and his humor writing has been featured online at McSweeney’s and College Humor—but mostly at LucasKlauss.com. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first novel.

More About the Author

Lucas Klauss was born and raised in Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received an MFA in creative writing for children from the New School. His debut young adult novel, Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse, was named an Amazon.com Best of the Month in YA and received a starred review in Booklist.

Klauss's humor writing has been featured online at McSweeney's and College Humor and was included in Splitsider's list of the Best Humor Writing of 2011. And he is a member of NYC sketch group The Bilderbergers; their videos have been on Buzzfeed, Gizmodo, Splitsider, Nerdist, The Guardian, ucbcomedy.com, and G4's Attack of the Show, among other places.

Learn more at lucasklauss.com.

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A refreshing, smart, honest, and fun read.
Elise
There are far too many moments where I felt uncomfortable with what I was reading, even if the scene above sort of redeemed the novel (for me) as a whole.
Chelsea Maya
Klauss' writing style made me feel like the character was really talking to me, confiding in me...even opening up to me.
MaryAnn

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For the sake of a pretty girl, the "vaguely atheist" Phillip Flowers finds himself attending a Wednesday night church youth group. Phillip is a high school kid filled with the usual teen angst. He hates the track team's assistant coach and thinks his two best friends have betrayed him by quitting the team. Rebekah is Phillip's newest obsession, an improvement over his usual worries about the many possible sources of the planet's destruction. Not that Rebekah is much help in that regard: she turns him onto the Book of Revelation, giving Phillip even more apocalyptic scenarios to fret about.

Rebekah's evangelical (but absent) father would be angry if he knew that Rebekah was sort of dating Phillip while Phillip's devoutly atheistic father becomes apoplectic when he learns that Phillip has been attending an evangelical youth group. Can puppy love blossom when the big dogs are determined to keep their kids apart? Or will Phillip allow himself to be converted to a new belief system because that's the way to a young girl's heart?

Just as troubling for Phillip is his friend Mark's new allegiance to two kids who regard Phillip as a loser. Phillip's other best friend, Asher, is having girl problems of his own and may, in fact, have his eye on Rebekah. To top off his list of troubles, Phillip is having difficulty coming to terms with the loss of his mother, and it doesn't help that he's continually embarrassed by his father.

There's a not-so-hidden message in this book: that nonbelievers can be just as annoying as believers when they attempt to convert others to their inflexible ways of thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat on February 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I admit, I purchased this book because it had Apocalypse in the title and I liked the cover. I didn't even read the synopsis (which is something I almost NEVER do). When I started reading it, I realized it was not something I would normally chose for myself, but the beginning was good so I kept going.

Phillip is a bit of a weird, but otherwise pretty average teenage boy. Living with his father and brother, he has two best friends and is in training for the school cross country team when he meets the "unconventionally hot" Rebekah whilst hiding behind her mailbox. When she invites him to an unspecified meeting, Phillip instantly accepts - without realizing it is a church youth group to which he has been invited.

With an extreme atheist father and his mother having died a few years earlier, Phillip isn't really sure that church is for him, but with the promise of spending more time with Rebekah, he gradually becomes more and more involved with youth group.

Now I have to say, religion is not my thing. As a theme through a book I don't have a problem with it, as long as the book doesn't become too "preachy". In Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse this is how religion is used - as a theme to tie in the story of Phillip's coming-of-age.

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse is well written, and gives (what I can imagine) is a good insight into the mind of a 15 year old boy who has just met his first real girlfriend, is dealing with inevitable friend dramas, doesn't understand his father and is trying to understand more about the world around him and the people in it. As a character, Phillip was likeable in that geeky-boy kind of way and his gradual realization that no one can know or understand everything was interesting to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ok, so to start things off, this book is absolutely not about the actual apocalypse, so if you think this is going to be an end of the world, survival, zombie infestation type book...it's not, BUT this book was a pleasant change from zombies, vampires, werewolves and everything else supernatural. We follow the main character, Phillip Flowers, as he attempts to figure out who he is and what his beliefs are. Told in first person view (my personal fav, as you all know), Klauss has incorporated humour into a novel that deals with issues that have plagued many teens, whether it be religion, or relationships with family and friends. Klauss' writing style made me feel like the character was really talking to me, confiding in me...even opening up to me. I really enjoyed his telling of this story in a teen's perspective. Klauss did a fantastic job of writing how Phillip, a male teen, expresses his feelings and thoughts. For example, it was interesting to see Phillips point of view when it came to asking out girls, and with dealing with his emotions. One of my favorite aspects of the novel was how some of the chapters Klauss writes were lengthy and detailed with events and conversations, where other chapters are very short and to the point, but was written with so much emotion.
Klauss introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters, and allows the reader to experience the emotional ups and downs of friendship and love. You can see that Klauss has put in so much personality into these characters, that there is no way that they cannot make an impact on the reader. We are lucky to experience Phillip's first kiss, his inner conflict with religion, how and where he draws his strength to continue on the path he chooses, and how he deals with the many revelations revealed to him along the way.
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