Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! In this episode, we take a long look into Janet’s middle-school psyche, the hairstyles of manic pixie dream boys, and one of the most acclaimed young adult books in a long while: Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle.
Also discussed in this episode: religion, gender roles, fundamentalism, the rapture, road trips, unrealistically wonderful boys with tousled brown hair, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, John Green, mix tapes, best friends, and God.
Not discussed in this episode: Wait is “Rainbow Rowell” actually her real name, does anyone still make mix tapes anymore because those ruled, realistically terrible boys with neatly combed blond hair, Mike’s middle school experience wherein he was the popular captain of the football team, Mike’s propensity to tell obvious lies about his past.
(Does anybody want to be Janet’s best friend?)