Emily Barr – Things to do Before the End of the World




Emily Barr has a powerful and compelling new book release out this month, her fourth young adult novel, Things to do Before the End of the World. The new release will be published by Penguin on 13 May.  Emily has written eleven more novels for adults, one novella, and three books for Young Adults, published in the UK and around the world.


The Synopsis by Penguin reads

Timely and powerful; the new coming-of-age thriller from the bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks.

1. Live your best life.
2. Uncover family secrets.
3. Trust no one

What would you do when you hear the news that humans have done such damage to the earth that there might only be a limited amount of safe air left – a year’s worth at most?

You’d work through your bucket list, heal rifts, do everything you’ve never been brave enough to do before?

Olivia is struggling to do any of this. What it is she truly wants to do? Who does she want to be?

Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more.   And as the girls meet up for a long, hot last summer, Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having an effect on her.

But Natasha definitely isn’t everything she first appears to be . . .

I walked home. I kept hearing footsteps behind me, but every time I turned around, no one was there.


The Guardian newspaper has written a review for young adult books that has included Emily Barr’s new book Things to do Before the End of the Worldhttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/06/young-adult-books-roundup-review

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