No Parking at the End Times

No Parking at the End Times

Bryan Bliss / Feb 27, 2020

No Parking at the End Times Abigail s parents have made mistake after mistake and now they ve lost everything She s left to decide Does she still believe in them Or is it time to believe in herself Fans of Sara Zarr David Levi

  • Title: No Parking at the End Times
  • Author: Bryan Bliss
  • ISBN: 9780062275417
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Abigail s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they ve lost everything She s left to decide Does she still believe in them Or is it time to believe in herself Fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will connect with this moving debut.Abigail doesn t know how her dad found Brother John Maybe it was the billboards Or the radio What she doesAbigail s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they ve lost everything She s left to decide Does she still believe in them Or is it time to believe in herself Fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will connect with this moving debut.Abigail doesn t know how her dad found Brother John Maybe it was the billboards Or the radio What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation Or the next, or the next Her parents shouldn t have sold their house Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the end of the world Because of course the end didn t come And now they re living in their van And Aaron s disappearing to who knows where every night Their family is falling apart All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right But maybe it s too big a task for one teenage girl Bryan Bliss s thoughtful, literary debut novel is about losing everything and about what you will do for the people you love.

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      • Bryan Bliss

        Bryan Bliss is the author of No Parking at the End Times He holds master s degrees in theology and fiction and shockingly found a professional job that allows him to use both of those degrees His political philosophy degree, however, is still underutilized His nonfiction has been published in Image Journal, along with various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children, both of whom wish he wrote books about dragons Or wizards.You can visit him online at bryanbliss and on Facebook and Twitter.


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    1. Disclosure up front: I am a pastor of an Evangelical Church.In my opinion this book fairly represents the delusional misplaced zeal that characterizes a portion of the American Church. History not included in the Book (no spoilers)- The "end of the world scenario" that is conveyed in this book is fairly new as far as the last 2000 years of Christian History go. No Christians fathomed this craziness until the 1800's, where a deluded soul named John Darby started a cult around this belief in Scotl [...]


    2. This wasn't the book for me. But I can appreciate that other people are going to love it. I read it quickly, maybe because I was determined to finish a book after so many comics. I'm not sure. But I personally did not love this. And I'm kind of sad about that. I've had pretty rotten luck with new release books this year. So here's the thing: The blurb literally tells you pretty much everything you need to know. There is not a big mystery to figure out here. There is not some deep, emotional prob [...]


    3. Look, let's just get straight to the point. Was I mad by the end of this book? Not quite. Did I still have a lot of questions, like how some loser conned more than two dozen people into giving him pretty much everything? Fuck yes. But more than that, I was disappointed. I felt so underwhelmed by every aspect of No Parking at the End Times, even during the parts where there should have been a lot of religious insight,fuck, any kind of insight, I got nothing. You're better off skimming a pamphle [...]


    4. “Belki de sevgimiz ve inancımız birbirine karışmış kocaman bir yumaktı, onları umduğumuz gibi kolayca birbirinden ayırmak mümkün değildi.”🎀 4/5 🎀Son zamanlarda okuduğum, konusu en farklı kitaplardan biriydi. Kıyametin yakında kopacağına inanan bir baba, tüm varlığını satıp, işini gücünü bırakıp çocukları ve eşi ile beraber Rahip John’un yaşadığı yere gitmeye karar veriyor. Kitap ise ikiz çocuklarından biri olan Abigail karakterinin ağzından a [...]


    5. This is an EXCELLENT read about family and faith. It's exceptionally respectful and thoughtful and Abigail's voice is outstanding. This explores homelessness in a really unique way, along with poverty and belief. More to come, but this is a stand-out debut novel. Pair it with Blake Nelson's The Prince of Venice Beach, Melissa Walker's Small Town Sinners, and also Holly Cupala's Don't Breathe a Word. (The comparison to Rainbow Rowell in the description is painfully off-base. The one to Sara Zarr [...]



    6. SPOILER FREE Abigail is in a tough place. Her mom and dad have just sold there house, furniture, and there stuff, got in their van and drove off to New York with nothing but a little money, her parents and her brother so they could join this Doomsday cult.When you first meet Brother John, right off the bat I could tell he was "off". I do have religious beliefs, so I know how pastors act and this definitely isn't the way. He was shouting and dancing but then right out of the blue he just drops. S [...]


    7. Много раз сталкивалась по жизни с людьми, попавшими во всякие секты и потерявшими все, и всегда безумно жалела родных этих людей, пострадавших едва ли не больше "виновников торжества".Эта книга - как раз про таких родных. Причем самых беззащитных - несовершеннолетних детей. [...]


    8. No Parking at the End Times is Bryan Bliss’s debut novel, and it’s a knockout. Where many stories of the rapture in YA happen prior to it happening, this takes place after the failed event. There’s been a really interesting trend in YA lately with rapture stories — perhaps because it’s a realistic and natural progression after the wave of dystopians — but this isn’t really a story about the rapture. It’s much more a story about family and togetherness, with a unique take on homel [...]



    9. 1.5 starsWell, that wasunexpected. I did not quite realize exactly what I was getting into with this book! It was almost entirely focused on religion and God, and that is not something that I personally am interested in reading about in my fiction, so I was quite surprised and disappointed when I realized how God-y it was going to be. The blurb makes this book sound a lot better than I personally think it is. I thought it was going to be one of those "cult" books, which is typically something th [...]


    10. Richie’s Picks: NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss, Greenwillow, February 2015, 272p ISBN: 978-0-06-227541-7“Chapter six and verse elevenIf you want to get to HeavenYou’ve got to ask the man who owns the PropertyYa gotta dance your danceAnd do your actAnd get His Big Attention that’s a natural-born fact”-- Todd Rundgren, “Eastern Intrigue” (1975)“I am not surprised this is where we found them, but I cannot square it in my mind. When would’ve they realized it had been ho [...]


    11. Bryan Bliss’s debut novel opens after a predicted rapture fails to happen (which, refreshingly, sets No Parking at the End Times apart from apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic premises so popular in young adult fiction today). Since 16-year-old Abigail’s family sold their belongings and moved across the country in anticipation of the end times, they are effectively homeless on the streets of San Francisco. Abigail is torn between relying on the judgement of her parents—who still trust the guid [...]


    12. This will be officially my 1000th book on GR!!! (There might be more as I haven't listed nearly half the manga I've read butybe another time) So, let's cut it short as I've got to study. I'm a born catholic and I might not agree with eveything I hear in church (when I go occasionally that's it).This got me quite hard. I'm used to having hardcore discussion about christianity mostly with my father but even my very believer father rejects the idea of fanaticism. Which is exactly the main theme her [...]


    13. What happens when your dad loses his job, becomes obsessed with religion, sells everything, packs up the family in the van and drives across the country so that you can join Brother John and his congregation when the Rapture occurs? That is exactly what twins Abigail and Aaron are wondering now that they are penniless and living in their van, post-Rapture (or more specifically, post-non-Rapture). Their parents are still convinced that the world is about to end and they have to remain in Californ [...]


    14. This is a story about a sixteen-year old girl named Abigail. Abigail's parents sold everything they owned in South Carolina, packed a van, packed Abigail and her twin Aaron, and headed to San Francisco following the call of a preacher named Brother John who is preaching the end of the world. Their father is the most fervent in his support of Brother John. He didn't lose faith when the world didn't end as Brother John predicted.The family is living in the van and going from church to church for t [...]


    15. No Parking At The End Times was an interesting and intriguing story of a family who's Father sells all of their worldly possessions to make their way from North Carolina to San Francisco to join the congregation of a Brother John whom they donated all their money to and who believes the world is about to end, when that doesn't happen the family find themselves poor and living in their van, having to line up for free food wherever they can, in-between praying and mass with Brother John.Twins Abig [...]


    16. I enjoy reading books that explore issues of faith and that's why I picked this. But this book wasn't so much about faith as about a family victimized by a con artist preacher, a guy who convinces people the world is coming to an end and that they need to give him all their money. This isn't religion, just fraud.Perhaps I'm just cynical, but given the information the book offered, I found it hard to accept the underlying scenario: two seemingly rational adults (the POV character's parents) give [...]


    17. I won this book through and I'm glad I did. It's an interesting read regarding a family of four, the parents and a set of 14 yr old twins, a boy and a girl. The father decided that he had a calling from the Lord through a questionable radio evangelist, Brother John, that they needed to get from North Carolina to San Francisco before a certain time because the end was coming. So they sold all their belongings and took only the bare necessities and headed to Brother John so they wouldn't be left [...]


    18. Beautiful book, excellently written, about family, survival, and the power of forgiveness. I would recommend this book to everyone.


    19. 3.5 stars. What a weird little story. This book was not what I expected, I really thought I was getting a story about a family traveling across the country. I had no idea this book was going to talk so much about faith and God. I personally don't have a strong faith, I respect that do so this book kind of taught me a lot about how much people really cling to their faith. How it some people take faith and use it for their personal gain. It was very interesting, thought provoking and actually real [...]


    20. 3.5 starsWhen I think about those who are less fortunate, I'd wonder how it happened to them. What made them be homeless? It's true we take life for granted. Not only that, but more often than not, we take for granted what we have that others need. Food, water, heat, a bed. The list goes on.For Abigail and her family, they have hit rock bottom. And by that, I mean they're living in their van, washing themselves in restrooms, having to go to church to get meals, and to top it all, they're stuck i [...]


    21. In Bryan Bliss’s first novel, Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, must cope with the consequences of their parents’ decision to sell all their belongings and travel to San Francisco for what they believe will be the end of the world. When the Apocalypse predicted by evangelist Brother John fails to occur, Abigail’s family is left in limbo, washing in public bathrooms and eating in soup kitchens. Frustrated by his parents’ inability to break away from Brother John, Aaron tells Abigail of [...]


    22. Abigail and her family had recently sold their house due to a decline in money. But what the parents had done made Abigail's brother, Aaron, angry. They had given their money to a pastor named brother John. In which they went to his Chechen every night. Aaron left every night, which worried Abigail. But one day she decided to find out where he went every night. She came with him, and when they reached their destination, there was a bunch of teenagers around Aaron's age. Apparently Aaron had a gi [...]


    23. Blech. The ending was way too tidy and convenient. I appreciate the author taking on tough subjects like cults and homelessness, but I wish there hadn't been such a disgustingly saccharine ending.


    24. Maybe a 3.5. Intriguing topic, loved the sister/brother relationship. I received a lovely finished copy of this book in the mail from Harper and honestly it wasn’t one I had been interested in previously, BUT after reading a few reviews and my intrigue in cultish behavior. I decided to give it a try. It’s a fairly shorter YA so I thought what could it hurt? While this wasn’t one that I LOVED I still immensely enjoyed it! I really enjoyed the relationship between the sister and brother, the [...]


    25. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a thought-provoking story about the way some people use people’s faith against them for their own gain.I liked Abigail and Aaron and I felt so sorry for them. The way their father had taken everything from them, and still wanted to take more was so frustrating for them. In my opinion they did well to put up with their parent’s eccentricities for as long as they [...]


    26. Abigail and Aaron never thought that the End Times would mean living homeless out of their parents' van in San Francisco. Since (shocker!) the Rapture doesn't come when the doomsday cult leader, Brother John predicts, Abigail is torn with loyalty to her parents and the spiritual disillusionment resulting from a con artist preacher. Abigail's struggle to continue have faith in her parents who should know better is heart-wrenching. She ultimately has to take responsibility for herself even if she [...]


    27. Unfortunately, I could not connect to these characters at all. The voice sounded the same among all of them. There wasn't anything really unique to set them apart. This bothers me a lot since the blurb says this book is for fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell who are brilliant writers of emotional connection. Bryan Bliss touches the subject of homelessness that is not talked about enough, but links it with an extreme form of religion that seems a little skewed. Everything you n [...]


    28. This wonderful novel covers the rapture, and it not happening. Parental responsibility, and the lack thereof. Faith, and losing faith. The homeless, and the meaning of home. Since the cover of the book says, "We are not okay," I was concerned with the turning of each page: Would Abigail, her twin brother Aaron, and their parents be okay? My emotional reading journey followed this family's life in their van, and in the end, all of the paradoxes in the story found a balance in love.


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