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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
Shaun David Hutchinson
Simon Pulse, 2018
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Wow, I loved The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza! I was NOT expecting to enjoy it at all. Why? Because the first book that I read by Shaun David Hutchinson was fml, which I did not finish. (Normally my DNFs get one star. Fml got zero.) So I thought Hutchinson's books just weren't for me.

Well my work friends LOVED We Are the Ants, but I stubbornly refused to read it. Elena Mendoza sounded like my style, so I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad that I did. There was fantasy, action, mystery and just the right amount of romance. Perfect! With this type of story, it would be really difficult to have everything fall apart at the end of the book, but I liked it just as much as the rest of the story. It was a good solution to Elena's conundrum. Because I liked this book so much, I'm going to give Hutchinson's other books a chance.