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This is no ordinary apocalypse... Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he's the only one left), but he's also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah's. Stuck with only each other, they explore a world wit This is no ordinary apocalypse... Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he's the only one left), but he's also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah's. Stuck with only each other, they explore a world with no parents, no friends, and no school and realize that they can be themselves instead of playing the parts everyone expects of them. Hannah doesn't have to be just an overachieving, music-box-perfect ballerina, and Leo can be more than a slacker, 80s-glam-metal-obsessed guitarist. Leo is a burst of honesty and fun that draws Hannah out, and Hannah's got Leo thinking about someone other than himself for the first time. Together, they search for answers amid crushing isolation, but while their empty world may appear harmless . . . it's not. Because nothing is quite as it seems, and if Hannah and Leo don't figure out what's going on, they might just be torn apart forever.


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This is no ordinary apocalypse... Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he's the only one left), but he's also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah's. Stuck with only each other, they explore a world wit This is no ordinary apocalypse... Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he's the only one left), but he's also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah's. Stuck with only each other, they explore a world with no parents, no friends, and no school and realize that they can be themselves instead of playing the parts everyone expects of them. Hannah doesn't have to be just an overachieving, music-box-perfect ballerina, and Leo can be more than a slacker, 80s-glam-metal-obsessed guitarist. Leo is a burst of honesty and fun that draws Hannah out, and Hannah's got Leo thinking about someone other than himself for the first time. Together, they search for answers amid crushing isolation, but while their empty world may appear harmless . . . it's not. Because nothing is quite as it seems, and if Hannah and Leo don't figure out what's going on, they might just be torn apart forever.

30 review for You and Me at the End of the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This is a tough book to rate because I liked YOU AND ME AT THE END OF THE WORLD but I wasn't keen on the ending and I can't really say why without delving into some pretty major spoilers, and since the book doesn't come out until July, I don't want to spoil it. The short of it is, Hannah is a young ballerina who wakes up to a silent world that no longer has any people in it. She thinks she's completely alone until, inexplicably, she hear Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This is a tough book to rate because I liked YOU AND ME AT THE END OF THE WORLD but I wasn't keen on the ending and I can't really say why without delving into some pretty major spoilers, and since the book doesn't come out until July, I don't want to spoil it. The short of it is, Hannah is a young ballerina who wakes up to a silent world that no longer has any people in it. She thinks she's completely alone until, inexplicably, she hears the sound of music and finds school heartthrob, Leo, testing out a guitar in a music store. The silent city of Houston is ominous and the only people they have are each other. It feels natural, then, that they would turn to one another for comfort and solace as the emptiness becomes increasingly sinister and they try to figure out where they are-- and where everyone else went. For most of the book, the mystery element kept me turning pages, wanting to find out the twist. I also thought the forced proximity element was a reasonable path to take to try and circumvent the usual "is it instalove?" dilemma (even though I would say, yes, it still does feel like instalove, but at least it sort of makes sense now). I did not like the ending at all, however, and both characters fell a little flat to me. I loved that Leo wasn't quite the playboy everyone assumed he was (he's deep) and the message that part of growing up is separating your parents' plans and ambitions for you from your own. There were some good things in here but it just ended up feeling way too cliche and disappointing. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 2 to 2.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    Loved this book and these characters! It was totally character driven which is my jam, along with cool mysterious things entwined! You get the paranormal mixed with contemporary and oh so much swoon! Ballet, music, romance, and so much more!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thescorpion.bibliophile

    Oh WELL... If I could describe this book only with emojis it would be this!!! 💓😌😽🍿🥺🥳 I can't decide if I liked this book or I'm disappointed a lil bit - MAYBE BOTH!!! It was tough to rate this book becuase the story is somehow thrilling and refreshing, I was expecting more from it! Both the character are a lil bit sweet but at the same time their personality are a bit bland! Both of them wanted something to happen between them but couldn't initiate that!!! Which was super frustrating 😂 The first hal Oh WELL... If I could describe this book only with emojis it would be this!!! 💓😌😽🍿🥺🥳 I can't decide if I liked this book or I'm disappointed a lil bit - MAYBE BOTH!!! It was tough to rate this book becuase the story is somehow thrilling and refreshing, I was expecting more from it! Both the character are a lil bit sweet but at the same time their personality are a bit bland! Both of them wanted something to happen between them but couldn't initiate that!!! Which was super frustrating 😂 The first half was pretty slow and I almost thought about DNFing it! The second half was a fast paced BUT at the same time, the story doesn't make much sense and so many things happened that I couldn't keep track between two scenes! I like the way it ended! Somehow nicely!! But so much could have done with this story and plotline. I didn't hate this story- but I didn't adore it either! Overall, it was a fun read 😸

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Lesperance

    If I were to review this book in person, it would mostly be a lot of incoherent, delighted yelling and flailing. I flew through this book in just a few sittings and missed my bedtime two nights in a row because I just HAD to find out what was happening. Without giving too much away, this story has an amazing speculative element that doesn't quite reveal the genre until you get to the end. Which I found amazing and surprising and unusual in the best possible way. I loved how Hannah and Leo had su If I were to review this book in person, it would mostly be a lot of incoherent, delighted yelling and flailing. I flew through this book in just a few sittings and missed my bedtime two nights in a row because I just HAD to find out what was happening. Without giving too much away, this story has an amazing speculative element that doesn't quite reveal the genre until you get to the end. Which I found amazing and surprising and unusual in the best possible way. I loved how Hannah and Leo had such contrasting personalities, yet that was what drove their attraction and actually gave them the pieces they needed to grow and stretch as people. The romance was beautifully done, with an expertly paced slow build and some legitimately swoony moments. I'm basically going to throw this book at everybody I know as soon as it comes out (in a non-aggressive way), so be warned!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Davis

    I finished this one a few months ago and I’m STILL thinking about it. I was hooked from the beginning by the need to know exactly where everyone went, but I was really drawn into the story by the slowly blossoming bond between Hannah and Leo. Their fears, desires, and flaws were so well fleshed out that these characters really sprang off the page for me. By the end, I was so truly invested in their lives that their own personal fates mattered more to me than the question of what happened to ever I finished this one a few months ago and I’m STILL thinking about it. I was hooked from the beginning by the need to know exactly where everyone went, but I was really drawn into the story by the slowly blossoming bond between Hannah and Leo. Their fears, desires, and flaws were so well fleshed out that these characters really sprang off the page for me. By the end, I was so truly invested in their lives that their own personal fates mattered more to me than the question of what happened to everyone else. But WOW, that ending!! Bourne manages to so beautifully balance the tension of suspenseful external happenings and quiet scenes of character development, and everything comes together in such a natural, incredibly satisfying way - for both the character arcs and the overall plot. I can’t wait to read everything this author has to offer in the future!

  6. 5 out of 5

    SHOMPA

    Absolutely poor execution and immaturely written. The main story? Totally different! And I did not find any actual/real apocalypse! Sadly the concept of this book had so much potential but didn't quite deliver what was expected. 😕 Absolutely poor execution and immaturely written. The main story? Totally different! And I did not find any actual/real apocalypse! Sadly the concept of this book had so much potential but didn't quite deliver what was expected. 😕

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish

    It's no exaggeration to say that this book cured my 2021 reading slump, a feat even Ace Of Spades couldn't manage. I fell in love with everything about Leo and Hannah, passing cups of tea with them, jamming out on the Galaxe with them, and surviving the storms with them. I just loved this book. Leo and Hannah are perfectly opposites of each other, the punk lead singer and the pristine ballet dancer. While trying to navigate the empty world around them, they learn from each other too. The empty wo It's no exaggeration to say that this book cured my 2021 reading slump, a feat even Ace Of Spades couldn't manage. I fell in love with everything about Leo and Hannah, passing cups of tea with them, jamming out on the Galaxe with them, and surviving the storms with them. I just loved this book. Leo and Hannah are perfectly opposites of each other, the punk lead singer and the pristine ballet dancer. While trying to navigate the empty world around them, they learn from each other too. The empty world isn't as important to the story as I thought it would be, but I was so invested in Leo and Hannah that I didn't care. While the empty world may not be the focus, that doesn't mean that it isn't well developed. In reality, it's terrifying, the weather changing at a moments notice, and you may wake up at 11am and discover it's still dark. The mystery of what is happening in this place and the fear of what might happen next brings Leo and Hannah together, in a way that makes sense. I was never quite sure of what was really happening, as the weather quickly became chaotic and Hannah started losing feeling in her hand. This story was surprisingly scary, and kept me guessing right to end. I did guess some of the story due to a slightly similar book that was released last year, but I think I enjoyed this one more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    nicole

    Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Please excuse me while I try not to JoyPuke all over myself. Absolutely loved it, could not put it down, ignored all of my last weekend before Christmas responsibilities to see it through. Searing, soaring, steamy and dreamy — best paired with a hair metal playlist.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Wexler

    This book grabbed hold of me and didn’t let go until the very end. Brianna Bourne expertly weaves unforgettable characters with gorgeous prose and a tightly woven plot. Hannah and Leo are the last two people alive in a post-apocalyptic world. Hannah is a type-A ballerina and Leo is a messy rocker with a soft side. They each grow and learn from each other as they try to navigate their new world. I can’t go into any more specifics about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away! I comple This book grabbed hold of me and didn’t let go until the very end. Brianna Bourne expertly weaves unforgettable characters with gorgeous prose and a tightly woven plot. Hannah and Leo are the last two people alive in a post-apocalyptic world. Hannah is a type-A ballerina and Leo is a messy rocker with a soft side. They each grow and learn from each other as they try to navigate their new world. I can’t go into any more specifics about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away! I completely fell in love with Hannah, Leo, and this spellbinding novel. Brianna Bourne is a debut author to watch and I can’t wait to get my hands on what she writes next!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marti Leimbach

    I LOVED the story of this engaging #YA dystopian low fantasy novel. It is exactly what it says on the label: a boy and a girl who get to know one another at the literal end of the world. The novel opens with the unlikely pairing of Leo, a cool and daring rockstar at only 17, and Hannah, who he teases for being too self-contained and calls “Ballet girl”. The unlikely couple have been roaming solo in an emptied out city of Houston, all alone at what appears to be the end of the world until their ch I LOVED the story of this engaging #YA dystopian low fantasy novel. It is exactly what it says on the label: a boy and a girl who get to know one another at the literal end of the world. The novel opens with the unlikely pairing of Leo, a cool and daring rockstar at only 17, and Hannah, who he teases for being too self-contained and calls “Ballet girl”. The unlikely couple have been roaming solo in an emptied out city of Houston, all alone at what appears to be the end of the world until their chance encounter. Leo encourages Hannah to have fun. “The world is ours! Please tell me you’ve done something fun. Please tell me you’ve left your house.” In fact, Hannah hasn’t. She only met Leo on one of her only dashes into bookstore to grab something to read. Mostly, she hides in her home, scared for her family who has disappeared. Scared for everyone who has vanished. And scared for herself. The attraction between these two apparent opposites — Hannah who is more prim, tame, structured, and the product of ambitious parents — and Leo, who despite being ultra-cool can’t believe in himself, is instant…and mutual. They grab his old Pontiac and away into a vacated city. NOBODY is anywhere, not even 911 answers. It’s an adventure, to say the least, and one that is full of blossoming romance but also a weird feeling that both characters have: they’ve been here before. The novel is told in alternating first person points of view, and author, Brianna Bourne, does a stellar job with both characters. The ending may be a point of discussion with some readers. Some will love it, some may not. But for this reader, the book was a triumph. Begins with a bang and carries you through. I read this fabulous young adult novel quickly and with great delight!

  11. 4 out of 5

    jenn

    “it’s idiotic. i’ve known leo for two days. #instalove. i’ve seen it. i’ve judged it.” and i’m judging it now. just because a book points out it’s instalove doesn’t make it any better. i wanted to love this one so much, because the concept sounds so cool!!! you wake up one morning and there’s nobody left on earth and then you find someone and they are Very Attractive™️?? sign me up!! but the plot fell so flat, hit all the clichés on all the wrong notes, and the only thing i truly enjoyed was the “it’s idiotic. i’ve known leo for two days. #instalove. i’ve seen it. i’ve judged it.” and i’m judging it now. just because a book points out it’s instalove doesn’t make it any better. i wanted to love this one so much, because the concept sounds so cool!!! you wake up one morning and there’s nobody left on earth and then you find someone and they are Very Attractive™️?? sign me up!! but the plot fell so flat, hit all the clichés on all the wrong notes, and the only thing i truly enjoyed was the romcom he was a punk, she did ballet aspect. but that’s literally… that’s literally the entirety of the character development. this book was dual pov, and that was actually done super well, i’m usually not a huge fan but it worked in the author’s favor. neither character was favorited. our female character, hannah, does ballet. she does ballet and is honestly so boring. throughout the story, she realizes some painfully obvious things about herself, and it’s a huge plot point, even though i saw it coming from miles away. leo, our male character, is a punk guitarist. the author tried way too hard to make him completely shut out the world, he was constantly like “i cant have feelings”, and honestly was sort of annoying. 90% of his internal monologue is also him literally being sexually attracted to hannah, and though horny teenagers in ya are realistic, it still felt shallow. the plot was definitely somewhat thrilling, and there was a lot of small moments that were super cool!!! and then the big plot twist came, and i totally predicted it, and it kinda ruined the story for me. the author could have done so many cool things with this story, and it fell so flat. this really wasn’t for me and i wouldn’t recommend it, but it releases on july 20 if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself!! content warnings (large spoilers ahead): blood, injury, hospital, coma, car accident, marijuana (mentioned), alcohol (mentioned)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The world is ours for the taking! You & Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne takes, twists, and toys with that little phrase to create a dazzling reading experience like no other. It’s a sweet, rockin', apocalyptic romance that had my full attention and whole heart from the first line to the last. I mean it! The opening scene is in a bookstore. Haha…Ms. Bourne had me at hello. Once upon a time…a girl and boy wake up alone. I mean alone, alone. The whole city of Houston is empty and silent The world is ours for the taking! You & Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne takes, twists, and toys with that little phrase to create a dazzling reading experience like no other. It’s a sweet, rockin', apocalyptic romance that had my full attention and whole heart from the first line to the last. I mean it! The opening scene is in a bookstore. Haha…Ms. Bourne had me at hello. Once upon a time…a girl and boy wake up alone. I mean alone, alone. The whole city of Houston is empty and silent except for Hannah Ashton (aka Ballet Chick) and Leo freaking Sterling. They have the city to themselves. But how? What happened to everyone else? Theories pile up, hope dwindles, and stranger than strange things begin to happen in this new empty city. Can Hannah and Leo figure out the mystery of what happened? Can you? I know, I know too many questions. Let’s backup and talk about what we do know. First we have Hannah, a ballerina with the no-hair-out-of-place ballerina bun, rigid posture, and drive to match. Hannah is all about ballet. No distractions allowed. That’s what everyone sees anyway. And then we have the “deliciousness that is Leo Sterling”. He’s got the good looks, the ever present guitar strapped to his back, and the slacker, not a care in the world reputation down pat. The boy is all about fun and distractions. That’s what Leo wants people to see anyway. But Hannah and Leo are much, much more than the roles they play. Aren’t we all? Maybe the last two people in the world can see past the rumors, posturing, and assumptions though. Maybe they can find a balance with each other. “It’s not often you find someone whose beats per minute matches yours.” Hannah and Leo, Leo and Hannah. These two characters felt so layered and alive to me. Their highs and lows, faults and funs were all on display! They escaped the emptiness of their world by creating a safe, quiet place together to talk and share and be there for each other. Bourne pulls together a highlight reel of romantic moments here that is just dazzling! OH-MY heart kind of moments! The heat and anticipation and danger all add up and up! I was so caught up in it all. Leo and Hannah’s will-it-or-won’t-it happen chemistry hit me hard. It’s fast and instant, but real and swoony all at the same time. It’s like an 80’s ballad blasting in your heart! I could listen to Leo strum his guitar and Hannah pull words out of the air and create all night long. It’s an intoxicating little bubble of two. “We experiment with soft touches, our skin whispering together in a thousand small ways. It’s a breathless dance. A brush of the tips of our noses. A nuzzle under her jaw. All the intoxicating tease leading up to a kiss.” I love the language in this book. It felt like Bourne merged words and music to create her voice and writing style. Movement and sound and fun blended together to form new meanings and words. Like Leo’s signature “shredtastic!” Or lines like “full-on power chord of a smile”. Or the way Leo’s laugh is described as “a whole-body, bright jolt of a thing”. I loved the energy in the words, in the suspense, and in the romance. It was electric! You & Me at the End of the World brought a new energy to my reading world. A full power blast of passion and creativity. The story reads like a topsy-turvy mystery date that urges you to step out of your day to day patterns and “paint the sky!” I highly recommend this beautiful book and journey. It’s full of carnival rides, 80s rock, happy trails, and Thunderchicken. Haha…You have to meet Thunderchicken! :) Plus you have to find out what happened. Why are Hannah and Leo the last two people in Houston? I wouldn’t have missed this read for the world. Hope you don’t either.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Singrey

    This book has a killer hook. Imagine waking up to an empty city. No people. That's what happens to Hannah, until she finds the only other person left in Houston. Leo, the gorgeous bad boy musician who she vaguely knows from school, but would never hang out with. Leo skips school, parties and has a new girl every week. Hannah only dates fellow ballet dancers because they understand that almost all of her time has to be spent practicing to be the best. It may have taken an end-of-the-world-type ev This book has a killer hook. Imagine waking up to an empty city. No people. That's what happens to Hannah, until she finds the only other person left in Houston. Leo, the gorgeous bad boy musician who she vaguely knows from school, but would never hang out with. Leo skips school, parties and has a new girl every week. Hannah only dates fellow ballet dancers because they understand that almost all of her time has to be spent practicing to be the best. It may have taken an end-of-the-world-type event to bring them together, but they're great for each other. Leo encourages Hannah to let loose, and Hannah may actually teach Leo to have real feelings for someone. But first they need to figure out what happened to all the other people. Bourne is an expert at the tease! This book has super hot chemistry for a ya novel. Leo and Hannah long for each other, but just as soon as they're about to finally explore all their feelings, something happens or one or the other pulls back. Multiple times. But they're so perfect together, that you're just rooting for them to get their act together and end up together, before it's too late. I don't want to spoil anything, but their world keeps getting stranger and stranger, and they both deal with that in different ways. The pacing is perfection! Bourne takes the readers on a journey from love scene to creepy paranormal scene, giving you just enough to keep you fully invested in the romance and hooked on the mystery! This one is an instant favorite, and I can't believe it's her first book! I'll definitely buy whatever else this author writes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lori Kaufmann

    Loved this book! It's a totally new take on the boy-meets-girl trope combining a bit of a dystopia, mystery and first-love. It won me over with its fast-paced plot, intriguing setting and lovable characters. Sweet, smart, and fun. Highly recommend for all young-ish readers! Loved this book! It's a totally new take on the boy-meets-girl trope combining a bit of a dystopia, mystery and first-love. It won me over with its fast-paced plot, intriguing setting and lovable characters. Sweet, smart, and fun. Highly recommend for all young-ish readers!

  15. 5 out of 5

    azurebllue

    Hol-ly crrap i liked this way more than i thought i would at first i nearly didn't finish it bc it felt like i was reading some wattpad story (more on that in a sec) but i was trapped in a car for twelve hours and this was the only book i had downloaded so i'm actually glad for that okay so, the romance was so cute and fluffy i really liked the slow burn even if it was a little frustrating the plot was engaging and kept me guessing and re-guessing which i wasn't expecting! i was scared that we w Hol-ly crrap i liked this way more than i thought i would at first i nearly didn't finish it bc it felt like i was reading some wattpad story (more on that in a sec) but i was trapped in a car for twelve hours and this was the only book i had downloaded so i'm actually glad for that okay so, the romance was so cute and fluffy i really liked the slow burn even if it was a little frustrating the plot was engaging and kept me guessing and re-guessing which i wasn't expecting! i was scared that we wouldn't get any answers and be left with big plot holes but luckily that wasn't the case i actually really liked both the characters and i thought they worked well together as a couple the writing was actually surprisingly poetic at times and the symbolism woven throughout were fun to find and connect okay back to my earlier comment about it feeling like a wattpad story or something: leo is described as a "bad boy" (first off i hated that he was straight up called a bad boy in the first place. felt like a sixth grader was writing) so what makes leo a "bad boy" per se? well, he wears leather, sings in a rock band, has a tattoo, parties, drinks, hooks up with girls, and smokes a crap ton of weed. it was just soo cliche. honestly, if i met a guy like that in real life (as a high schooler in present day) i would ask myself "this guy cannot be for real, right?" i don't even know how to describe it, but i really didn't enjoy that i felt as if his character was a mix of Riverdale characters and any male vampire from Twilight 😑 BUT he's a great character that really doesn't fit that persona at all. now hannah. classic "good girl" also could be called the classic "always prepared and has a plan mom character that's never done wrong" (again, she's described directly as being spoiled and perfect) what makes her a "good girl?" well, shes got good grades, is pretty, dances ballet 6 hours a day and is seemingly pretty perfect at it, and she doesn't even curse. her character was just straight up annoying at some times, especially in the beginning before her character development. also, (and i will admit i was a little upset to figure this out) i related to her a lot. why was i mad at this you might ask? because i thought she was annoying at first 😑 but i ended up admitting we would be good friends in real life anyway, it was all just very cliche "bad boy and good girl fall in love" BUT their character development is REALLY well done. i genuinely enjoyed watching them fall for each other and learn from one another. i was really proud of both of them in the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nimrah Nazim

    3.5⭐ It's not that I didn't like it, it's just I would've loved it more as a teenager!! It was super cute to read tho... 3.5⭐ It's not that I didn't like it, it's just I would've loved it more as a teenager!! It was super cute to read tho...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Reads

    Having read a few ‘end of the world’ novels recently, You & Me at the End of the World is by far the best. It differs from the others in that the ‘end’ has already happened, there is no prior panic, no what-ifs… Hannah and Leo wake up one day and realise they are the only ones left in their city. We see their journey towards understanding what has happened and where everyone has gone. I read this in just over a day, which proves to me that it is engaging, and I didn’t want to put it down (my read Having read a few ‘end of the world’ novels recently, You & Me at the End of the World is by far the best. It differs from the others in that the ‘end’ has already happened, there is no prior panic, no what-ifs… Hannah and Leo wake up one day and realise they are the only ones left in their city. We see their journey towards understanding what has happened and where everyone has gone. I read this in just over a day, which proves to me that it is engaging, and I didn’t want to put it down (my reading has been a bit slower lately, taking me about a week per book usually). I found the main characters of Hannah and Leo to be relatable and realistic, their thoughts and actions plausible given their circumstances. The insight into each character’s mental health and method of ‘coping’ was intriguing, including how they came to understand and help each other, their personalities complimenting the other, even though they came from very different backgrounds and perspectives. I really enjoyed the pace of the plot and thought it was fantastic. I don’t want to give too much away but seeing the characters grow and boost each other as people, along with the ‘will they won’t they’ in terms of romance, and the outcome when they understand everything that has happened to them was excellent. This is a fantastically entertaining read that you can easily lose yourself in and not want to put it down. Thank you to Harriet Dunlea at Scholastic UK for the arc to review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    At the start of You & Me At the End of the World, high school student and ballet dancer Hannah finds herself in a book store in Houston. It’s been five days since she woke up to find herself completely alone in the city. Confused and still trying to process what happened, Hannah finds comfort in the bookstore that was owned by a friend of the family. While in the bookstore she hears music coming from the shop next door and peeks in to see a classmate, Leo Sterling, playing guitar. Hannah is scar At the start of You & Me At the End of the World, high school student and ballet dancer Hannah finds herself in a book store in Houston. It’s been five days since she woke up to find herself completely alone in the city. Confused and still trying to process what happened, Hannah finds comfort in the bookstore that was owned by a friend of the family. While in the bookstore she hears music coming from the shop next door and peeks in to see a classmate, Leo Sterling, playing guitar. Hannah is scared and then intrigued to see another person. Hannah and Leo bond while trying to navigate their attraction to each other in a stressful situation. They explore empty Houston by cruising around in Leo’s car, but it’s not all fun and games because right away they notice strange things happening. Shadows lurk in corners, the weather is unusually violent and a heavy feeling of instability cover both of the teenagers. I’m already a huge fan of any post apocalyptic stories and I really enjoyed the twist at the end of the novel. However, the twist isn’t what makes this book so special. The slow buildup of the romance between the two teens is not only realistic but handled really delicately. Falling in love in the middle of what looks like a world changing event may not be on the minds of most but I think author Brianna Bourne lets the story unfold naturally. Bourne also weaves teenage anxiety in the story with Hannah obsessively dancing every time a scary event happens. As the tension in the book builds, Hannah finds herself questioning everything about her own life and interests as it relates to what people expect her to do compared to what she actually wants to do. You & Me At the End of the World is an entertaining novel that shows just how young love and a brief encounter can transform a life. Note: This is a young adult novel and there are mentions of marijuana use and Hannah shows signs of OCD with her dancing. For more reviews: https://thisblisslife.com/tag/books/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha Rajurkar

    This book blew me away. Slow-burn romance is my weakness, and there is plenty of it between Hannah and Leo and their sizzling chemistry. The speculative fiction elements (Hannah and Leo discover that they are the only two people on earth, and they must unravel the mystery surrounding this unfathomable truth) were so fresh and inventively constructed. I reveled in the author's immersive, evocative writing style, and the end pretty much exploded my brain in the best possible way. I loved this genr This book blew me away. Slow-burn romance is my weakness, and there is plenty of it between Hannah and Leo and their sizzling chemistry. The speculative fiction elements (Hannah and Leo discover that they are the only two people on earth, and they must unravel the mystery surrounding this unfathomable truth) were so fresh and inventively constructed. I reveled in the author's immersive, evocative writing style, and the end pretty much exploded my brain in the best possible way. I loved this genre-bending beauty--I cannot recommend it enough. I am now waiting impatiently to read everything that Brianna Bourne writes next. A stunning debut.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Holly Green

    This book is swoon and suspenseful, and a joy to read! I loved exploring the empty city with Hannah and Leo, watching them fall for each other.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    It looks as though most reviewers other than me really loved this book. I enjoyed the premise of two adolescents seemingly facing the end of the world together, but the story lost my interest about halfway through and I had to force myself to finish it. Sorry! I just couldn't stop thinking about why the main characters never gave each other more than a passing glance before all of this happened and what exactly they had in common. I also felt so frustrated that it took a near tragedy to get them It looks as though most reviewers other than me really loved this book. I enjoyed the premise of two adolescents seemingly facing the end of the world together, but the story lost my interest about halfway through and I had to force myself to finish it. Sorry! I just couldn't stop thinking about why the main characters never gave each other more than a passing glance before all of this happened and what exactly they had in common. I also felt so frustrated that it took a near tragedy to get them to face the truth about themselves, but perhaps that is true to life. The book opens as Hannah Ashton contends with a world that is all-too silent. She has no idea where her parents or everyone else has gone or why the streets are so empty of their usual traffic. After all, Houston is typically bustling as its citizens head various places. While exploring Literary Devices, a local bookstore, in search of reading material to pass the time, Hannah hears music coming from the next door store. She follows her ears to the source, which turns out to be Leo Sterling, a guitarist for a local band. Although the two of them attend the same high school, they run in different circles, and Leo regards her as nothing more than Ballet Chick while all she knows of him is that he has a reputation as a heartbreaker. Both have theories about what's happened with the most likely one being that both of them are dead. Having no one else around, they decide to spend time together and explore the city, each one sharing special spots and secrets with the other. Leo realizes that he's his own worst enemy due to his unreliability and his cavalier treatment of others, and Hannah finally admits that her dancing brings her no joy and is actually her mother's dream. Instead, she loves writing. For me, the book loses steam once the truth about what's been happening in Hannah's world is revealed. The author cleverly embeds hints all along, but the book's conclusion and easy resolution of all the problems left me disappointed. Maybe I have just read too many YA titles in which a Good Girl meets a Bad Boy, and everything changes for both of them. Or perhaps I'm just an inveterate cynic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Thanks to Scholastic Inc and Brianna Bourne for providing Kid Lit Exchange with this advance copy of You & Me at the End of the World. To be released July 20! First and foremost, this is a YA novel. High school senior, ballerina, and voracious reader Hannah wakes up one morning to discover that every other living creature has disappeared. Five days later, she finally ventures out of the house to find some new books to read. And that’s when she finds the only other person in Houston- Leo, also a s Thanks to Scholastic Inc and Brianna Bourne for providing Kid Lit Exchange with this advance copy of You & Me at the End of the World. To be released July 20! First and foremost, this is a YA novel. High school senior, ballerina, and voracious reader Hannah wakes up one morning to discover that every other living creature has disappeared. Five days later, she finally ventures out of the house to find some new books to read. And that’s when she finds the only other person in Houston- Leo, also a senior at her school. While Hannah and Leo try to figure out what has happened - death, apocalypse, the rapture - they learn how to live and view themselves differently than they ever have. Leo helps Hannah loosen up and have some fun and realize that perhaps ballet is not her journey. For her part, Hannah offers Leo genuine concern and care, things he has never received in his young life. Leo begins to evaluate the comfort zone he has sunk into - music, drugs, and earning his rep as a player. As Hannah and Leo navigate new emotional territory, things happening in the world around them become increasingly bizarre. No spoilers here, but there is a twist and if you pay close attention to the foreshadowing, you just might figure it out. I didn’t 😆 Look for it in bookstores in July!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    What a wild story! I had no idea what was happening to leave them alone. I had theories and thoughts of what could be going on but I honestly never imagined how it would all unfold. I can honestly say I have never read a book like this before and it was amazing! I toyed with giving it 4.5 stars, but it just made me smile when all is said and done and it deserves all the stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heather Truett

    This was a really cool book. I am forever wondering about visiting places when they’re empty or scoping out good spots to hide/live in case of apocalypse, and this fed into those fantasies. I did figure out what was happening but it took me a while. And I enjoyed the puzzle along the way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Collins

    I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I expected a weird YA dystopian novel, but this was so much more. Two teens, Hannah and Leo, get to know each other in deserted Houston. They don't know what has happened to other people, but they're glad to have found each other. Hannah is a serious ballet student, and Leo is a singer/guitar player in an 80s tribute band. The two couldn't be more different, but they can't deny they have a connection. Soon their world seems scarier as the weath I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I expected a weird YA dystopian novel, but this was so much more. Two teens, Hannah and Leo, get to know each other in deserted Houston. They don't know what has happened to other people, but they're glad to have found each other. Hannah is a serious ballet student, and Leo is a singer/guitar player in an 80s tribute band. The two couldn't be more different, but they can't deny they have a connection. Soon their world seems scarier as the weather begins to change and the days seem to get shorter and shorter. Hannah and Leo were well-developed characters with some great dialogue and inner thoughts. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review Title: You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian Rating: 3 Stars From what I can gather this is a dual perspective novel following Hannah Ashton and Leo Sterling during the apocalypse, like 28 Day Later style where everyone just vanishes so I am intrigued. At the opening of the novel we know through Hannah that five days ago basically everything and everyone like people and animals disappeared and she has lived for the past five Book Review Title: You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian Rating: 3 Stars From what I can gather this is a dual perspective novel following Hannah Ashton and Leo Sterling during the apocalypse, like 28 Day Later style where everyone just vanishes so I am intrigued. At the opening of the novel we know through Hannah that five days ago basically everything and everyone like people and animals disappeared and she has lived for the past five days thinking she is the only person in her city as she hasn’t gone beyond that. Hannah is very anxious about the situation and upon visiting the bookstore owned by a friend’s family she meets Leo. She knows Leo from school even though they don’t run in the same circles and she is delighted as there is another person. Leo is just as delighted even if he doesn’t show it at first because he like Hannah has felt an increasing anxiety stemming from being alone all the time. The first interaction between the pair is extremely awkward as neither can believe it is happening, Hannah is also a little dumbstruck by the fact the only other living being she has seen in five days is one of the hottest boys at school and someone she might have had a crush on for a long time. We can immediately see that each has pre-set ideas about what the other one is liked based of their knowledge from other people not knowing that person themselves. I did like the fact both have anxious tics, Hannah acts out her ballet choreography with her hands to calm herself down where as Leo uses music but he bounces his leg a lot which was nice to see in both a male and female character. As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel, Hannah and Leo form an immediate bond stemming from the fact both of them have been alone for five days which is uncommon for them as they are used to being surrounded by people. They decide to stick together and Leo encourages Hannah to do things she wants to do rather than what her schedule has always demanded she do. Hannah isn’t sure what she wants to do so they travel to a nearby festival that was supposed to be taking place so Leo can locate a guitar belonging to a singer he knows as claim it for his own. During this time both of them get to know each other a little better, Leo is surprised by Hannah’s knowledge of music despite her classical background mainly because of her father and Hannah is coming to see Leo as shy, awkward boy rather than the confident singer he projected at school and on stage. However, we do get the sense that something more is going on as they constantly reference the weather which is extremely warm for April even by Houston standards. Both also experienced a loss of memory on the days leading up to and the day of the disappearances, Hannah also has something else going on. When she gets into Leo’s car, the aptly named Thunderchicken, she feels something hard on the seat and an image of gun hardened into the shape of Italy pops into her mind and that is exactly what she sees when she looks down but she doesn’t say anything about it yet as they don’t know each other well enough for that conversation yet. Leo, however, is feeling an attraction to Hannah that she also feels but both ignore it for now which I liked as there wasn’t this insta-love situation being given to us. I also liked the fact that Hannah is presented as being internal awkward while Leo is outwardly awkward as this is usually reversed in contemporary romance novels. As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel, Hannah and Leo are getting closer but both have their own insecurities and secrets that they don’t want to share with the other as they have only really known each other for 12 hours. However, strange things keep occurring first with the it suddenly going dark and then being bright again which they believe might be an eclipse. During their time at the abandoned show they ride some of the carnival rides, however, during this they experience sudden and drastic changes in the weather which Hannah believes might be an invisible tornado but the gusts of wind seems to rhythmic for it to be completely random acts of weather and I am itching to know what has really happened and what is causing all these strange events. With it seemingly turning to night time at only 5 in the afternoon they decide to head back to Hannah’s place together since she has a spare room to accommodate Leo and the fact that neither of them wants to be alone. At Hannah’s place they have some tea while she shows him around the house and the class difference between them becomes apparent even though it doesn’t really matter given the situation they are in. It is also here that Leo warns Hannah not to get to attached to him which upsets her even though she doesn’t show it. Leo doesn’t do this because he doesn’t like Hannah it’s because he is used to disappointing people when their expectations of him are too high and he doesn’t want to disappoint her. Leo also clearly has some abandonment and commitment issues due to his neglectful parents and this reputation as a bad boy that he is almost expected to live up to. Hannah has a similar issues with dancing as her mother seemingly pressured her into it as a child as her own career as a dancer was cut short due to injury and the only times her mother every showed affection towards her or praised her was when she excelled at ballet. As we approach the halfway mark in the novel, I was getting a little bored with the back and forth interactions between Hannah and Leo and I wanted to focus more on the strange circumstances rather than the relationship between them. We see Leo trying to keep his distance from Hannah even asking her not to get attached to him when it is already pretty clear that both of them are attracted and attached to each other given the circumstances. However, this clear shift in the dynamic between them put Hannah on edge and she uses dancing to try and escape from reality. I did like how Hannah in insecure about her feet as it is well known that ballet dancers can end up with major problem due to the walking and dancing on blocks. The pair spends some time together when Leo watches Hannah dance before they see a light in the distance moving over the town. Hannah believes it is a searchlight on a helicopter looking for them but Leo isn’t optimistic about it, by the time they drive into town and the light passes over them it disappears immediately followed by them being hit with a literal wall of rain. They take cover in the local museum and Hannah realises something must have hit her in the face as it is becoming badly bruised but being in close proximity to Leo isn’t helping her attraction to him. As they wander around they discuss the ballet exhibit but they find a painting Hannah falls in love with and they decide to take it. This sets off the alarms but that isn’t their only problem as the museum seems to be flooding, they manage to get out and make it back to Leo’s car where they decide to head to Hannah’s grandparents to see if they can escape the freak weather there. Hannah is upset throughout this as she was looking forward to being reunited with her family and friends and it is taking its toll on her. At this point I was getting a little bored with the repetitive nature of the characters actions, I wanted something to change externally where maybe Hannah and Leo find a clue to what is going on or something to happen with their relationship to make it more exciting for the reader. As we cross into the second half of the novel, things started to get very strange and twisty. I honestly thought that this book was going for a more sci-fi, dystopian-esque kind of vibe but it ended up being pretty much fantasy and contemporary fantasy is just something that doesn’t work for me. I don’t really want to talk about the second half of the novel in depth because of the conflicting feelings I have about it. On the one hand, I love both Leo and Hannah but on the other hand their characters did start to bore me by the halfway mark and feel a little flat. The plot and premise of this novel also seemed really interesting but it took almost the entire first half for the book to begin going anywhere and then it went wild. Going wild isn’t a bad thing some books like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy do it really well but this didn’t work. To go in the direction Bourne wanted this needed a lot more groundwork and buildup in the first half that was sacrificed to make the relationship between Leo and Hannah seem less like insta-love when Hannah herself comments that it is insta-love and all that effort was wasted on it. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about You and Me at the End of the World, I think back when I was a little younger this would have been a book I greatly enjoyed but as a 24 year old I expect a lot more from my fantasy novels and the mixing of genres here just didn’t work for me on a personal level, if I want a fantasy book I want it to be 100% fantasy not taking place in a contemporary setting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    (Energy)

    Hannah’s been in a world where she suspects she’s the only one living. She’s come across neither human nor animal; even the squirrels and birds are gone. She spends her days practicing ballet and hiding from the silence outside. When she finally ventures out of her home, she runs into Leo, a boy she’s seen around school. With dreams of making it big in music, Hannah’s presence surprises Leo as he also thought he was the last one living. While they have a lot of theories about what is going on, t Hannah’s been in a world where she suspects she’s the only one living. She’s come across neither human nor animal; even the squirrels and birds are gone. She spends her days practicing ballet and hiding from the silence outside. When she finally ventures out of her home, she runs into Leo, a boy she’s seen around school. With dreams of making it big in music, Hannah’s presence surprises Leo as he also thought he was the last one living. While they have a lot of theories about what is going on, they aren’t entirely sure. We follow them on their adventures in this new world. At first, Hannah was a hard person to like, but that’s just because we have such opposing personalities. She was too rigid with very little imagination. That’s why running into Leo is perfect. He helps bring out the lighter side of life for her. It was then that I started to really like and relate to her. I loved the fun they have together, the perspectives they each bring to the varying situations. I highlighted so many things while reading that resonated with me or just left me with a really good feeling. With a fun, dystopian-esque premise, this book ticks a lot of boxes, easily fluctuating between light and fun, to emotional and feel-good moments; a super fun read. Thank you, Scholastic Books and Terminal Book Tours, for sending this along!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    Caught somewhere between Dystopian, Romance and Mystery, You & Me at the End of the World was an entertaining thrill ride. I got serious What Dreams May Come (the Robin Williams movie from the 90’s) vibes and I loved it! Hannah & Leo were the definition of Opposites Attract, High School romance. She’s the All-American girl next door, ballet dancer, while he is the popular boy who doesn’t do well in school and is in a band. What I loved about it was that I DID NOT know what was going on for over ha Caught somewhere between Dystopian, Romance and Mystery, You & Me at the End of the World was an entertaining thrill ride. I got serious What Dreams May Come (the Robin Williams movie from the 90’s) vibes and I loved it! Hannah & Leo were the definition of Opposites Attract, High School romance. She’s the All-American girl next door, ballet dancer, while he is the popular boy who doesn’t do well in school and is in a band. What I loved about it was that I DID NOT know what was going on for over half of the book, but started to get clued in to it at the same time as the characters. A lot of mysteries, I can tell you what’s happening from the beginning! So that made this a much more enjoyable experience.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Oh wow, I am in tears! This is one of the best books I've read. I don't even have the words to explain how much I loved it! When they finally kissed at the end I burst out crying, it was just like FINALLY! It was perfect. *chefs kiss* if I could rate this a thousand stars, I would! Oh wow, I am in tears! This is one of the best books I've read. I don't even have the words to explain how much I loved it! When they finally kissed at the end I burst out crying, it was just like FINALLY! It was perfect. *chefs kiss* if I could rate this a thousand stars, I would!

  30. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    3.5 rounded up for this uniquely imagined YA romance. Ballet obsessed Hannah wakes up one day all alone in a deserted Houston until she runs into Rock musician Leo, the seemingly only other person in the city (world?). The two teens are unsure what’s going on (are they dead, has there been an apocalypse? They don’t know and neither do we). Embracing the unknown the two form a friendship, fighting a mutual attraction and unexpected curveballs in this, at times, hostile world. I really enjoyed get 3.5 rounded up for this uniquely imagined YA romance. Ballet obsessed Hannah wakes up one day all alone in a deserted Houston until she runs into Rock musician Leo, the seemingly only other person in the city (world?). The two teens are unsure what’s going on (are they dead, has there been an apocalypse? They don’t know and neither do we). Embracing the unknown the two form a friendship, fighting a mutual attraction and unexpected curveballs in this, at times, hostile world. I really enjoyed getting inside both Leo’s and Hannah’s heads in this dual perspective narrative. Hannah learns how to deal with her anxiety and appreciate that there’s more to life than ballet, while playboy Leo learns to take a chance on love and a meaningful relationship. This book is best read without trying to question things too deeply (we do eventually get some answers though). Recommended for fans of They both die at the end or Take me home tonight.

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