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Review: The End of Everything

June 2, 2011

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

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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50 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2011 5:03 am

    Now you’ve piqued my interest! I’ll have to check it out!

  2. June 2, 2011 5:11 am

    This sounds creepy but it looks like a good analysis of taking a second look at the things we assume are perfect. I’ve read quite a few like this, recently. Maybe I need this one, too?

  3. June 2, 2011 7:18 am

    The fact that were reading it while negotiating the airport is enough to sell me! Because it is an RA book, I would have picked it up anyway. Now I need to buy my copy soon.

  4. June 2, 2011 7:21 am

    This sounds like a great read. I will add it to my TBR list.

  5. June 2, 2011 7:43 am

    Don’ t even know how I’m going to write this review. There is a great deal to say about this book but most of it is considered spoilers!

  6. June 2, 2011 7:45 am

    LOL – I was going to say what Beth F says…. any books that causes you to read it while walking through an airport and while hailing a taxi perks my interest :)

  7. June 2, 2011 8:16 am

    I like creepy books :D I have been interested in the book for quite a while, so I am glad to hear that it’s such a good book.

  8. June 2, 2011 8:18 am

    Your review makes me want to go out and buy this book right now, except I’m not sure about the creepy. Now I’m having second thoughts. ; )

  9. June 2, 2011 9:01 am

    Your review is great – I just pre-ordered the book for my Kindle!

  10. June 2, 2011 9:03 am

    The cover makes me want to pick up the book and see what it’s all about. Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. June 2, 2011 9:54 am

    Are you seeing a lot of cover art that’s similar? This has such similar lettering to Meg Wolitzer’s The Uncoupling and I’m sure I’ve seen other similar covers…

  12. June 2, 2011 10:01 am

    Perfect review — it tells just enough about the book to give you a feel for the tone/atmosphere, and to make you wonder what the various secrets are, without giving anything away :)

    Your comment about certain aspects that may make some “uncomfortable” has given me pause tho, because there are several things that I really don’t like to read about so I tend to stay away from books with those plot lines…

  13. June 2, 2011 10:02 am

    Sounds intriguing! Makes me want to pick up a copy ASAP to find out what happened to Evie! Great post – thanks!

  14. June 2, 2011 10:37 am

    This sounds like a good read, great review!

  15. June 2, 2011 10:44 am

    I haven’t heard of this one before, but you’ve definitely piqued my interest! There are many ways to go with the ‘whole outsider looking in’ and ‘wanting what you don’t have’ ideas, so I’m interested in reading this author’s take. Plus, using the novel to get people to think about and question certain things is always a good thing.

  16. June 2, 2011 10:49 am

    I love books that are more than what they seem and that have unpredictable twists in their narratives, so this one sounds excellent to me. I am glad that you enjoyed it, and am going to take your recommendation and add this one to my wish list. Thanks for the great review, Kathy!

  17. June 2, 2011 11:01 am

    When I first saw this I didn’t think I wanted to read it but you’ve piqued my interest. Great review.

  18. June 2, 2011 11:03 am

    Yes, I’ll be reading this one. Soon, very soon. You definitely did a good job hooking us, Kathy! LOL

  19. June 2, 2011 11:15 am

    You sold me on this one. I’m a sucker for these kind of books and I’m really wanting to read this one now. Thanks for the review.

  20. June 2, 2011 11:49 am

    Oooooooh, I really want to read this one!

  21. June 2, 2011 12:07 pm

    I love how you texted Julie after you finished the book! It sounds great–I will add it to my list.

  22. June 2, 2011 12:44 pm

    It sounds really good, Kathy! I love books that are hard to put down.

  23. June 2, 2011 1:32 pm

    This one sounds really good. I think I will need to check it out.
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  24. June 2, 2011 1:52 pm

    Wow!! Talking out loud in public? Must have been REALLY good. I don’t think I’d have picked this one up on my own by the cover but it sure sounds good.

  25. June 2, 2011 2:07 pm

    Sounds eerily intriguing! Ordering from the library. Thanks for the review!

  26. June 2, 2011 2:33 pm

    The grass is never green on the other side, it just looks that way. This book sounds great! I’ll have to check it out.

    ~ Popin

  27. June 2, 2011 2:38 pm

    I’ll have to read this one for sure… my list is getting quite long.

  28. June 2, 2011 2:44 pm

    I read, probably in Julie’s BEA post, that you guys were all excited about this one. I’m interested now too!

  29. June 2, 2011 2:59 pm

    If you loved it so much, I definitely will have to check it out. I’m going to add it to my list!

  30. June 2, 2011 3:11 pm

    If this isn’t a compliment to a book, “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!” I don’t know what is!

    Running to put this on my Good Reads wish list!

  31. June 2, 2011 3:16 pm

    This sounds like a fabulous read! I’m adding it to my wish list :)

  32. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 2, 2011 3:19 pm

    My goodness! I had put a moratorium on buying any more books until I read all I have, but you’ve convinced me to add this!

  33. June 2, 2011 4:06 pm

    An oh my gosh? Now I am intrigued. And you texted at once?! I do want to read it :D

  34. June 2, 2011 5:26 pm

    It truly does sound amazing…I would have tripped if I was reading and walking at the same time…

  35. June 2, 2011 5:43 pm

    Wow. I’m going to be looking out for this book.

  36. June 2, 2011 5:48 pm

    Wow, Kathy, your whole post was a teaser. I have to read it now because I’m curious as to why you and Julie are so excited about it.

  37. June 2, 2011 6:30 pm

    this sounds like a wonderful book! i’m adding it to my wishlist immediately!

  38. June 2, 2011 8:01 pm

    If you loved it then I MUST read it! Going on my list right now and my Kindle wishlist!!

  39. June 2, 2011 9:18 pm

    I love to hear about book that couldn’t be put down. And since it is a RA book, I’ll be reading this one!

  40. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 2, 2011 9:40 pm

    Your enthusiasm has me adding this to my list.

  41. June 2, 2011 11:38 pm

    Wow, if its that good how can I not sit up and take notice?

  42. June 3, 2011 7:36 am

    This seems to have all of the elements to make for a great read. Nice review Kathy/

  43. June 3, 2011 9:21 am

    You and Julie both have me so curious about this book!! I want to know what’s so disturbing about it – but once I read it, I’ll probably regret saying that.

  44. June 3, 2011 1:59 pm

    I love feeling that way at the end of a book. You’ve got my interest piqued!

  45. June 3, 2011 3:13 pm

    Wow — I love Megan Abbott and had no idea she had a new book coming out! I must get this!

  46. June 4, 2011 7:53 pm

    Your review has me thinking “Wow have to find out what moved Kathy so much.” Going to mark it down for future since I need a moving tale to keep me out of trouble.

  47. June 6, 2011 7:41 pm

    You got me totally interested in this one! What is the story? Gotta find out!

  48. June 7, 2011 1:45 pm

    Another one added to my to-read (some day) list!

  49. June 10, 2011 10:59 am

    Great description and review, sounds like this is a must read.

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