The Summer the World Ended

Riley McCullough thought her best friend getting ‘dragged’ off to Puerto Vallarta for the first two weeks of summer vacation was the end of the world―at least until the bombs fell.

Life in suburban New Jersey with her mother is comfortable, not to mention boring, to an introverted fourteen-year-old. As if her friend’s surprise trip didn’t suck enough, her ‘best summer ever’ falls to pieces when she’s sent across the country to stay with a father she hasn’t seen in six years.

Adjusting to a tiny, desert town where everyone stares at her like she doesn’t belong proves difficult, and leaves her feeling more isolated than ever. To make matters worse, her secretive father won’t tell the truth about why he left—or what he’s hiding.

Her luck takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who shares her interest in video games and contempt for small town boredom. Alas, her happiness is short lived.

To escape nuclear Armageddon, she shelters with her dad in a bunker he’d spent years preparing. After fourteen days without sun, Riley must overcome the sorrow of losing everything to save the family she still has.

Series: n/a
Genre: post-apocalyptic, family drama, mental health
Intended audience: 16+ (some mature language)
Available from: AmazonAudiobook Signed Paperback

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A participant in a blog tour asked me to put together a playlist for the book, so here it is 🙂

Evanescence – Hello (Chapter 2)
Crimson Glory – Lonely (Chapter 3)
Matthew West – Save a Place for Me (Chapter 4)
Velvet Revolver – Fall to Pieces (Chapter 5)
Dierks Bentley – Every Mile a Memory (Chapter 6)
Ben Howard – Oats in the Water (Chapter 8)
Kamelot – Abandoned (Chapter 9)
Offspring – Bad Habit (Chapter 12)
Green Day – 21 Guns (Cast version) (Chapter 16)
Lifehouse – First Time (Chapter 17)
Alice in Chains – Down A Hole (Chapter 19)
Secondhand Serenade – Is there Anybody Out There (Chapter 26)
Pink Floyd – Is there Anybody Out there (Chapter 27)
Goo Goo Dolls – Better Days (Chapter 30)
Lacuna Coil – Trip the Darkness (Chapter 32)

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