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Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has a very good memorable main idea that in this scenario was illustrated very well. I Recommend this bookPublished on February 9, 2014 by Hailey
I'm a little confused after finishing this book. I liked parts of it and couldn't wait for other parts to get over. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Britt R.
With all the dystopian books flooding the market, it's easy to mistake this novel for a story about the end of the world. It's not. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Sherrie Petersen
This is a stunning book. The story entwines several taut, engaging threads, and I was hooked, surely like most people, from the first few pages--that's saying something, for... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Michael Acree
Phillip is a strange kid. Or a very normal one. Starting with his meeting Rebekah, Phillip is soon besieged with the drama of life. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Kimberly M. Huynh
A few warnings before the real review:
First Warning: This book is most definitely about the apocalypse, just not in the literal sense. And... Read more
As a reader, I don't require a personal connection to a work of fiction, however, in this case the connection I felt augmented my reading experience. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by AnneS
This book hooked me by the second page and I couldn't put it down. Although it is labeled a young adult novel, as a 30 year old, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Ryanuga
I really enjoyed this book. Klauss tackles serious topics like death, religion, tolerance, and awkward teenage first love all while keeping a sense of humor and really drawing his... Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by RJFloyd