Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday

Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday

Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Gone and What is the What When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, ...

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Title:Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday
Author:Natalie C. Anderson
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0399547614
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday Reviews

  • Cathy
    Mar 18, 2019
    The cover is eye-catching and the title is intriguing. Although this is a work of fiction, I hope this will be a ladder to some memoirs like A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. A book is only as good as the next book that it leads a reader to. That is the only wa...
  • Brian
    Dec 04, 2018
    Abdi lives in Somalia and has to deal with some horrific stuff. The book flashes back between the present as the past as we learn about Abdi's brother, Dahir's abduction from his own home and into a radical religious group hellbent on getting revenge on non believers. Abdi is recruited...
  • Alicia
    Dec 01, 2018
    My feelings-- hmm. It's a tough one because the topic is on point and it's both representative of a global issue, the battles of religion and politics, wars in which children are used and abused among horrific violence and destruction with glimmers of hope. But clocking in at 500 p...
  • Laura (midorireads)
    Apr 25, 2019
    *I no longer have this book on hand because I've already returned it to the library, so this review will be based on what my brain managed to remember of it.* This is the second novel from Natalie C. Anderson, and having now read both of her books, I think it's safe to say that I'm ...
  • Fallon
    Jul 21, 2019
    4 Stars for prompt Abdi is only thirteen-years-old when his older brother Dahir is kidnapped from school by Al Shabaab a local jihadi group. Three years later, Abdi himself is kidnapped, but this time by the CIA, who forcibly recruit him after several days of torture, and threats a...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Jan 26, 2019
    I liked this one even more than the authors previous book. I think there are several memoirs that would pair with this one. My only real hesitation is that it always makes me pause when author writes realistic fiction about a place and people that she has not been to nor is her own....
  • Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
    Jan 15, 2019
    Read the full post on between-the-shelves.com! Wow, let me first say that Let?s Go Swimming on Doomsday tackles an extremely difficult subject. For many, it?s a window into a culture not seen in YA lit. Abdi struggles with what happened when he was a part of Al-Shabaab. We get h...
  • Tally
    Feb 23, 2019
    This book was amazing. This is a story about Abdi and him wanting to reunite his family after being separated due to war in his country. This story is told in two different timelines, "then" and "now". I loved how the timelines ended up connecting towards the end because you would re...
  • Jessica Haney
    Jan 28, 2019
    4.5 stars ...
  • Bang Bang Books
    Feb 01, 2019
    I really liked City of Saints and Thieves and I wanted to like this too but... If you follow my reviews, you'll know that I don't enjoy on-the-nose style of writing. That means I don't like the type of writing where the reader isn't allowed to think-it's all black and white. Where e...
  • Staci Vought
    Jul 18, 2019
    I flew through all 400+ pages...it took me a few minutes to get acclimated to the set-up of the story, but then I loved seeing it all come together. What a powerful story, and I?m sure it is sadly realistic. It was well-plotted and the characters fleshed out, realistic, and compellin...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Jul 13, 2019
    Let?s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson, 447 pages. G. P. Putnam?s Sons, 2019. $19. Language: R (90 swears, 8 ?f?); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13; BUYING ADVISORY: HS - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Abdi is a sixteen-year-old Somali boy whos...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Mar 05, 2019
    Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday was nice. I'm glad Abdi and Dahir didn't die at the end. I'm glad none of them died. All the good guys made it. Abdi, Dahir, Sam, Muna, Bashir and Safiya all survived. ...
  • Warda
    Jan 04, 2019
    Not many books that I know off that are set in my motherland. I am intrigued by this. ...
  • Johannes
    Mar 20, 2019
    I liked how the author played with time and sequence in this solid, plot-driven thriller about a young boy who rescues his older brother from Al Shabaab. ...
  • Priscilla (Bookie Charm)
    Feb 09, 2019
    I tell myself I've chosen to live but the water knows the truth. Waves brush my arms- soft as shroud linen. The water knows. I have to die. 4.5 stars* Let?s Go Swimming on Doomsday had me hooked from the first page. Well from the cover art actually because this has to have on...
  • Toni
    Jul 21, 2019
    Heart pounding action and all too real. This book brings attention to the very real climate in which children are forced to be soldiers, and the atrocities that are occurring today in the name of religion. ...
  • B.
    Jan 07, 2019
    Thank you very much to penguin teen for advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly cannot stress enough how much I loved this book. I?ve had a string of slightly disappointing reads recently, but within minutes of starting this book, I was hooked. Th...
  • Kiki Cole
    Jan 20, 2019
    This book was definitively difficult to read. With its topics of violence, sexual abuses, and religious terrorist groups, this Somali based story gave no air to breathe. Every page felt like a constant struggle where I even felt on edge and as if eyes were watching me. For Abdi, our br...
  • Shanah
    Jan 05, 2019
    For this review and many others, please visit - https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com As soon as I saw the GORGEOUS cover and read the synopsis ? I knew that this would be a book that would leave a lasting impact. I wasn?t wrong! This book FAR exceeded my expectations! I read...
  • Angela
    Nov 18, 2018
    The cover art alone... ??? I need this book ...
  • Alyse Stolz
    Mar 29, 2019
    Good Lordt Natalie C. Anderson can write. This book had me from the first minute until the last. I love the characters and the redemption. And the cover is gorgeous. ...
  • Adelina
    Sep 18, 2018
    WHAT. THE. FUCK A young adult novel focused on a member of an ACTUALLY EXISTING terrorist organization WHAT THE FUCK? AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS THIS IS JUST WRONG? ...
  • Meera Rajeev
    May 21, 2019
    What?s the one show where you can watch a team of forensic investigators uses cutting-edge scientific methods and police work to solve crimes? CSI MIAMI! (Well, technically any of the 3 CSI shows, but that?s beside the point). CSI Miami was a gruesomely intriguing show that many en...
  • Tucker
    Jan 05, 2019
    A book about child enslavement, kidnapping and war. Just what I need when I'm depressed and anxious. ...
  • Krutika Puranik
    Feb 06, 2019
    { Book Recommendation} ~ Let's go swimming on doomsday. ~ The Black and white Kindle cover does not do justice to how pretty the actual book cover is. I have been reading such amazing books lately and this one falls under the bucket of 'Must read' category. Let's go swimming on doo...
  • Kaitlyn
    Jul 22, 2019
    This book was definitely something that stuck with me for a long time after I read it. I won't bother with a description, as you likely already know what the story is about, but here are some strengths and weaknesses that stood out to me: Strengths: -The writing. There were so many b...
  • Jesse bowtiesandbooks
    Feb 20, 2019
    Synopsis: Abdi is 13 when his older brother is kidnapped at school by a terrorist organization. 3 years later, Abdi is kidnapped and tortured for 3 days in a cell by the CIA, who give Abdi a mission: infiltrate Al-Shaabab and gather information on his brother, who is very much aliv...
  • Fatou
    Mar 01, 2019
    Wow wow wow wow!!!! Words cannot describe how much I adored this book, but I'm going to try to formulate my thoughts later in order to tell you why you should read it!!! As a Somali, I never really saw myself portrayed as a human being in popular media, so this book is a godsend! I am ...
  • Seroxx83
    Feb 02, 2019
    Oooh,hard one to rate! I liked it,I think it?s realistic in so many ways, but I doubt there are many «happy endings» in real life... i know it?s not a nonfiction or memoir, but a YA , but still the ending was a bit «easy» ...