The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

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“Maybe the earth will continue to spin, and the stars won’t implode for a bazillion more years, but I know, with a certainty my stupid brain has done its best to ignore, that this moment — right here, with the people I love most — is not going to last.”

Title: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl
Author: Melissa Keil
Why you should read this book: Because it’s about the end of the world in a lot of different ways.

Summary from Goodreads:

Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:
Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.
As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

“I guess it’s easy to dream about things that are abstract, or impossible.”

What a nice book!! I’m starting to really love Melissa Keil, I want more books by her. I loved Life from outer space and I loved The Incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl.

It’s a sweet story about the end of the world…well, not really but close enough. This crazy late night tv nobody tells the world the apocalypse is coming the last day of the year and the only town that will be spared is a little city in Australia called Eden Valley. Alba (real name, Sarah Jane) lives there with her mother, they own a bakery, she has good friends, and a super best friend, Grady (real name Domenic).

School is over, summer is here, Christmas is on its way, choices have to be made and apparently the world is going to end. Alba is having difficulties deciding what is it she wants to do with her life in the future. She loves drawing comics, she created Cinnamon Girl who looks like herself; Cinnamon Girl is not really a superhero but she isn’t a regular girl either, Alba doesn’t know what she really is. That doubt is eating her from inside out. She has a beautiful life she loves in Eden Valley, quiet and relaxing surrounded by people she loves, she is scared of moving on, she doesn’t want to face the unknown. The outside world is a scary place to be in!

After crazy guy’s apocalypse video went viral, lots of weird people started showing up in Eden Valley, waiting for the world to end. They are a lot, partying everyday, not showering, being crazy and philosophical. Her quiet city is not quiet anymore, everything is over the top, she can’t draw, she can’t think straight, her best friend Grady is drifting away from her, hiding things, being a little weird around her. Alba doesn’t know what to do with her present or with her future, it’s all one big mess.
Then one day her childhood second best friend, now tv heart throb, Daniel comes back to Eden Valley and he is dreamy and almost a totally different person. Sometimes Alba can still see the little chubby kid who used to play with Grady and her when they were little.

I kind of guessed what was going on with Grady, it was frustrating because, what if I wasn’t right? I didn’t want to be heartbroken, lately so many books have left me heartbroken and at some point I was going to pause the book and leave it there for a couple of days. I was hurting a little bit. I related to Alba a lot, her thoughts were so close to home, I had the same things in my head for a long time, sometimes I still have, I gave up. I’m not sad about it, I’m overall a happy person, I pick the happiness from wherever I can, it’s what keeps me sane. I wish I were braver, though. Alba has the same things going on in her head, the big unknown is so scary, she is going to miss everything she already knows and loves. Changing is so difficult, leaving what you already know and you’re accustomed to is like jumping in the ocean from a cliff: you know is going to hurt at first and maybe it is going to leave you in so much pain, but guess what? Maybe after the scary beginning is going to be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

I love how this book was about so many little things and then again, it was about one big thing, growing up, the uncertainty of the future, life in all its complexity.
I loved this book!

Call me Curry Girl, I kick butts with my mind because, let’s be honest, I’m not athletic at all! 😀

Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a really nice story that many can relate to.
Rate: 5/5

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