No Parking at the End Times

No Parking at the End Times

by Bryan Bliss

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No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

Abigail's parents believed the world was going to end. And—of course—it didn't. But they've lost everything anyway. And she must 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's parents never should have made that first donation to that end-of-times preacher. Or the next, or the next. They 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 for the "end of the world." Because now they're living in their van. And Aaron is full of anger, 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 debut novel is about losing everything—and about what you will do for the people you love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062275417
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,149,941
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bryan Bliss is the author of We’ll Fly Away, Meet Me Here, and No Parking at the End Times. He holds master’s degrees in theology and fiction and works as a curriculum designer and developer. His nonfiction has been published in Image Journal, along with various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two children.

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No Parking at the End Times 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This as a very predictable book. It would make a good tv movie. But..if you are looking for a book that is a fast read, uncomplicated, and enjoyable this is good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book I read it all in 2 days. I recommended it to so many people and they loved it.
mamelotti96 More than 1 year ago
I don't know about you all, but these past few months have been one crazy ride. To be quite honest, I don't think I have been to the library more than 5 times to pick up books to read for fun this whole school year. So, I ended up going a couple weeks ago, and left there with a bunch (literally I had like 12 books) of random books that I was going to read for fun. That's what I love about the libraries. You can go in looking for one book and come out with five others that were not planned. No Parking At the End Times was one of the 12 books I picked up on the first round. Since I can be honest with you guys I can say this book was mediocre for me. If you have read this and loved it let me know down in the comments. Maybe I'm not reading into things too much or just completely missed something, but I would love to see other opinions of the book.  The book talks about how the parents of Abigail and Aaron sold all they owned and decided to move to California where Brother John lived. Through his radio talk shows and other correspondence, Brother John made Abigail and Aaron's parents and many others that the world was going to end on a particular day, and they could only be saved if they came to California and prayed with him. Brother John gave me the creeps from the very beginning. I understand that the family had fallen on hard times, but to sell everything you have left and leave your extended family behind to go follow a man you don't know at all besides listening to a radio show and seeing him on billboards seemed a bit extreme for me. If anything all of that screamed IT'S A SCAM to me. I got a feeling Abigail's mother didn't want to go or stay as long as they did, but remained faithful to her husband even during the times when I wanted to shake him by the shoulders and slap. I give her credit for being positive and remaining a loving mother and wife. The father was basically brainwashed by Brother John.  Th ending was heartfelt, but unfortunately that couldn't erase the negative feelings I had towards this book. No Parking At the End Times does talk frequently about God and how one's belief will get you through whatever life throws at you. It's not thrown in your face in hopes to suffocate you, but it is definitely there on every page, so if that's not your cup of key then I'd pass this one up. 
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Wow, I really liked the beginning of this book. I thought I was actually in the van for a while and then at times, I thought I personally knew one of the kids in the story for when I was growing up, I was church rat. While many of my friends were out in the street playing, or doing sports after school, or having sleepovers on Saturday night or sleeping in on Sunday mornings, I was at church. I spent a lot of time at church and at church functions. I didn’t realize what “things” I was missing out on until I was in my teens and then I started to whine, so when I started to read this novel, I thought for sure this book was written for me. Abigail and her brother Aaron are headed to California with their parents for the world was coming to an end, according to Brother John. All their worldly possessions were in the van and their parents are committed to God’s plan and Brother John’s ways. Abigail knows her family is not normal and that is what she likes about them. Immediately, I love the tension between this family. The parents are committed to the church, their love of God and they have their path set on what Brother John says. Aaron is Abigail’s older brother and he is not buying any of it, he is secretly committed to getting back home and hopefully taking his little sister Abigail with him. Abigail is torn between her love of her parents, her brother and God. Abigail feels that perhaps God is watching and testing them, these fears are plaguing her and tearing her up inside. The author’s writing style is smooth and lucid and the words flow right off the page. There are times when I am transported back to the church pews of my childhood and I am listening to Brother John talk of salvation and as the words scroll in black across the white pages, I can feel the energy of the congregation and the anticipation as they await he words he feels in his heart. As the story progressed, I felt that the story lost its momentum, the energy died and with me, I was left disappointed as I loved the beginning so much. 3.5 stars “You choose if you are happy. Only you can let somebody take it away from you Abigail.”
originstory More than 1 year ago
Bryan Bliss' first novel, No Parking at the End Times, is about faith in many forms - religious faith, children's faith in their parents, a person's faith in themselves. The narrator, Abigail, find herself at the center of these faiths unable to surrender fully to any of them. At the start of the novel, Abigail and her family are living in a van on the streets of San Francisco after selling all of their possessions to join a charismatic preacher predicting the end of the world. The end does not come and Abigail's family must find a way to sort out their, apparently misplaced faith. The book tackles big issues in an interesting way. Bliss has complex view of belief and responsibility. He never takes an easy way out on these issues. The reader is allowed to decide for themselves. His take on parent / child relationships is ripe with greater insights to come. I hope he continues to write about these things.
Mindovermatter1901 More than 1 year ago
Abigail's family is falling apart, they've lost everything, their money, their possessions, their home. One minute they're living in South Carolina, the next they find themselves in San Francisco living out of their van, giving any extra cash they might stumble upon to Brother John.  Brother John, he said the world was ending, he said he knew how to prepare people from the end, for the ultimate unknown. But so far all Brother John has done is take everything from Abigail and her family.  When Abigail's twin brother Aaron tells her he's planning on leaving San Francisco and heading back to home she's hesitant to follow, but it doesn't take long for Aaron to change her mind. Their father isn't going to change, Brother John isn't going to change and their situation isn't getting any better.  Torn between family loyalty and self preservation Abigail must choose to have faith in herself and whatever higher power she believes in in order to survive.  Amazon - Barnes and Noble  - Book Depository ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This was a very interesting read, it was really short so I flew through it in one sitting but it did leave me thinking afterwards.  Mostly about how angry it makes me that their are people in this world who use religion as a way to con people out of their life savings.  I couldn't help but shake my head at Abigail's father and think to myself "Who would believe this man? How stupid do you have to be?" But you see it on the news all the time, con artists are smart and conniving and most of the time they get away with it.  I was hoping for a slightly more fast paced book when I started this and although I finished it rather quickly there were some parts that dragged on for me.  I feel like it could have been a little more suspenseful, especially towards the end, and I wouldn't have minded a couple more chapters.  But all in all it was a lovely debut and I look forward to seeing what comes next from this author.  Until next time,  Ginger  In compliance with FTC guidelines I am disclosing that this book was given to me for free to review.  My review is my honest opinion.
BiblioJunkies More than 1 year ago
Review: Even as an adult it is sometimes hard to admit the failings of our parents. And if it’s hard for an adult, imagine how difficult it is for a young teen that is 100% dependent on their parents and who should be able to trust that their parents will nurture and care for them. This is the reason that Abigail is so bewildered with her situation. Because after her parents have sold everything to help Brother John spread his message about the End of Times and then traveled cross country to witness said event (which, of course, never happened) Abigail can’t help but wonder if her parents have failed her and her twin brother, Aaron. As the reader, the obvious answer to Abigail’s question is a resounding YES. Her parents have given away everything. Betting on the fact that the end has come and there is no reason to worry about anything else. Now, they are living in their van and depending on the generosity of churches and shelters to feed them until God has decided the end is here. Their neglect is reflected in Aaron’s behavior – he’s disappearing from their van every night and they don’t ever notice he’s gone. It’s also reflected in Abigail’s internal struggle. Slowly, Abigail realizes that they haven’t just lost the physical things. She and Aaron have also lost their parents. And if they no longer have their parents, what will she do in order to survive her current situation? This is such an overwhelming circumstance for anyone to be in, let alone a 16-year-old. And getting the help she needs isn’t easy when the two adults you should be able to trust the most are no longer emotionally available. I knew what this was about going in and I knew I was taking a chance. For me, personally, anything related to religion and/or faith has the distinct possibility of making me twitchy as I flashback to my religious upbringing as a child/teen. But this book was remarkably thought out. What I appreciated most is Bliss’ depth of understanding. His obvious empathy and ability to put himself in both Abigail and Aaron’s shoes. This wasn’t a book that tried to either encourage or denounce faith/religion. Instead, it is a book about parental failure and one girl's struggle to reconcile that failure with her desire to live and do what’s right. No Parking at the End Times is a very thoughtful book and an excellent addition to the YA contemporary world. It opens up a lot of questions for discussion and it is one that I will be adding to my bookshelf for not only myself but for my kids as well. Nat