Review: The End of Everything
Thirteen-year-old next-door neighbors Lizzie and Evie are best friends. Lizzie is being raised by a single mother and she can’t help but envy the perfect family life that Evie has. When Evie disappears one day, Lizzie is the last person to have seen her. Suddenly, everyone, especially Evie’s wonderful father, is looking to Lizzie for answers. Desperate to please him, Lizzie finds herself searching for clues, and what she finds shakes her and makes her realize things aren’t always what they seem.
I finished The End of Everything by Megan Abbott as I arrived in New York. This book is so good, I couldn’t put it down and literally read it as I walked through the airport and finished it as I stood in line for a taxi. I said, “Oh my gosh!” as I closed the book and got a couple looks, but I didn’t care. I grabbed my phone and started texting Julie (Booking Mama) about it because I knew she had just finished the book too. Both of us had a lot to say about this book!
Evie appears to have the perfect family – from an athletic older sister to a wonderful, attentive father. Evie’s mom kind of lurks in the shadows, but that’s okay since her father is larger than life. Lizzie’s parents are divorced, her older brother all but ignores her and her mother is involved with her new boyfriend. Lizzie longs for a family like Evie’s and wants nothing more than some attention from Evie’s father. The story is told from Lizzie’s point of view, and even though there were times I thought she was a little too mature for a thirteen year old, I thought she was the perfect narrator.
When Evie disappears, Lizzie finds everyone looking to her for answers since she was the last one to see her. Lizzie is desperate to find something, but not for the reasons you’d suspect. The answers she finds are almost as disturbing as the questions.
I thought Abbott’s writing was terrific – I was hooked on this book right from the start and didn’t want to put it down. Even though it’s somewhat creepy and explores some issues that generally make people uncomfortable, I loved The End of Everything. It’s a book that will really make you think and question what you see.
Challenges: Reagan Arthur Books Challenge