Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

A Novel

Book - 2013
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It's the spring of 1987 and 17-year-old Stephen Shulevitz has less than three months left in high school in the small town in rural Nova Scotia where he's spent most of his life. But as Stephen prepares to leave Riverside behind he falls in love with exactly the wrong person. And just like that everything changes. What follows is emotionally devastating but Stephen survives with his compassion and sense of humour intact and, at the end, he is ready to accept himself and take steps towards finding happiness on his own terms.
Publisher: Dublin : Hachette Books Ireland, 2013.
ISBN: 9781444743968
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm

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Mahrukh_0
Aug 23, 2017

The writing in the book is perfectly amazing!! And there's so many emotions that this book brings out! For instance, there's this one instance where the mc is feeling really sad and conflicted, so instead of being in the conflicting environment, he finds himself just walking away, in the rain - and I just love how everything is described after that and it's great.

I just really love her writing style. The voice is just so pure, rich and raw. Its honestly talent, to write like this.

5 stas and recommended!

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derikam
Mar 30, 2015

This book was unexpectedly amazing! It has so many of the things I usually hate in books (self-harm, violence, homophobia and just general teen angst) but I loved it so much. What I loved, other than the happy ending, was the rawness and how real the characters were. I was rooting for the main character the entire time.
You should read it!

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everydayathena
Jan 19, 2014

I'm disappointed to see that someone gave such a damaging rating to this novel, without any justification. I'm pretty sure that the reviewer was passing judgment on the theme of the novel, and not the quality of the writing. Bigotry is so sad...I'm a high school teacher and teacher-adviser to our school's Rainbow Alliance. I always try to have a few good reading recommendations on hand for the students in our club (as well as the students in my English classes). This was an enjoyable coming-of-age novel; what I liked best about it was that it wasn't as 'pushy' as Parrotfish (I enjoyed that novel, too, but felt like the author was continually hammering me over the head with a political message). I liked the fact that this novel simply normalizes the coming-out and coming-of-age experience, making it part of a new generation of lit not only for LGBTQ youth, but for all adolescents. The large majority of my students don't even bat an eyelash any more when homosexuality is discussed; I'm glad to see a novel that doesn't do this, either. As always with a good teen novel, I've recommended it to our teacher-librarian and it is now sitting on the shelf of our library. I look forward to more novels by Janet E. Cameron.

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everydayathena
Jan 19, 2014

everydayathena thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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