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The End of Everything

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  4,409 ratings  ·  851 reviews
Thirteen-year old Lizzie Hood and her next door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. They are best friends who swap bathing suits and field-hockey sticks, and share everything that's happened to them. Together they live in the shadow of Evie's glamorous older sister Dusty, who provides a window on the exotic, intoxicating possibilities of their own teenage horizons. To Li...more
ebook, 389 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published 2011)
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a moment alone, i would steal a peek in dusty's room, clogged with the cotton smell of baby powder and lip gloss and hands wet with hair spray. her bed was a big pink cake with faintly soiled flounces and her floor dappled with the tops of nail polish bottles, with plastic-backed brushes heavy with hair, with daisy-dappled underwear curled up like pipe cleaner, jeans inside out, the powdery socks still in them, folded-up notes from all her rabid boyfriends, shiny tampon wrappers caught in the ed...more
Dan Schwent
Teenage neighbors Lizzie and Evie are thick as thieves. When Evie disappears, Lizzie's world is shaken to its foundations. Who was driving the maroon car Lizzie saw circling the block when Evie was abducted and does he have a connection to Evie's disappearance? And will Evie be found alive?

I initally discovered Megan Abbott through her noir works like Queenpin, after hearing people mentioning her in the same breath as Christa Faust. While her latest books haven't been noir, she sure paints a dar...more
Evie goes missing on May 28th. I finished this book on May 28th. Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln and Lincoln's was named Kennedy. Weird, right?

Can you remember the first time you ever had the wind knocked out of you? I was about ten. I was playing with my cousins out in their front yard. There was this fence that ran about 2 feet off the ground that we liked to walk along, imagining tight ropes and balance beams. It was during one of these wobbly walks when my ten year old body lost its balance and I came crashing down hard upon that low fence. It caught me right across my stomach where my diaphragm lives.

In a swift "whoosh" all the a...more
Megan Abbott really hit this one out of the park.

Everyone's favourite noir pixie takes a step out of her comfort zone with this fantastic contemporary novel. As an award winning aficionado of classic noir tropes, utilised to great effect in period pieces Die a Little, Queenpin and others, Megan Abbott demonstrated her writing style to great effect but with The End of Everything she has taken further leaps towards greatness.

No longer confined by her research in to 50s Americana The End of Everyth...more

I just finished this and honestly don't know how to process it. It was one of the most powerful, quietly disturbing books I've ever read. There is so much there and it leaves you wondering, with so many questions.

I didn't know if I wanted to read this or "Across the universe", so I thought I'd read a chapter of each and then read the more interesting book. I started reading this and forgot "Across the universe" was even an option.

Some people may not like this. Some people may think it mo...more
There are probably thousands of "missing child" books out there, and even the most poorly written never fail to terrify. It must be because there are few more horrifying thoughts swirling around the mind of a parent that the dark image of having your child leave home one day and never return.

I will never forget that heart-stopping moment years ago when the school bus pulled up out front and my son DID NOT get off. The phone rang as I was reaching for it, and when I heard my son's voice informing...more
I can't decide how to rate this book - very good? Very bad? It certainly is well-written and has some beautiful prose, some very good descriptions of the confusing times when you are 13 and everything in the world seems to be shifting and changing. I stayed up way too late to finish it in one go because the book gave me a sense of mounting dread that made me want to read on.

At the same time, it is extremely disturbing. I can't make up my mind whether what bothers me is the limited, self-centered...more
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James Thane
This book represents a significant departure for Megan Abbott and is really more a literary novel than it is a crime novel. Two thirteen-year-old girls, Lizzie Hood and Evie Verver, are next-door neigbors and best friends in the suburban world of the 1980s. They share everything, including their deepest secrets. Lizzie's father has recently abandoned the family, and Lizzie idolizes the Verver family. She is especially drawn to Evie's father whom she believes is virtually perfect.

The two girls' i...more
Everything about this book looked promising and I picked this book up fully intending to become engrossed in it. I was disappointed to say the least. The choppy writing bothered me from the start; Abbott was trying to say too much by saying too little and it simply didn't work.

It was really Abbott's portrayal of Lizzie that ultimately put me off completely. What 13 y/o would deal with the alleged abduction of her lifelong best friend so casually? Lizzie should be upset. She should be doing ever...more
Jo Anne B
Ewww! The End of Everything normal. What a disturbing book. I thought it sounded interesting- a 13 yr old girl goes missing and her best friend tries to help find her. I didn't expect a book about young girls in love with their father. Who could even write a book on that topic without throwing up. That is how I felt the whole time reading this book.

I kept reading the book because it was well written (albeit about gross subject matter) and I wanted to find out the truth about the missing girl. It...more
I feel ripped apart after reading this novel. Ripped apart and turned upside down. I only feel that after reading something great and moving. Holy cow this novel took me to places so uncomfortable I was actually squirming in my chair. Like my fellow goodreader's this is such a strange book to say that you loved, it feels inappropriate, which is perfect given the subject of this perfectly balanced novel. I could not put this book down, and then at the end I couldn't finish it, I had to go away an...more
Huh? If you like a book where you have to read between the lines, try to figure out the innuendos, and keep re-reading passages to see if indeed you did miss something, then this is the book for you.
The only reason I finished it was because it was a super fast read.
The premise of the book is intriguing, which is what made me pick it up at the library when I stumbled upon it. I think it could have been a good creepy story, despite the subject matter and what the author was trying to make us see.
(Note: 2 1/2 stars.)

Original review published on The Book Smugglers HERE

Warning! This review contains spoilers!

13-year-olds Lizzie and Evie are next-door neighbours who have been friends their whole lives and are so close, they have no secrets and sometimes they can’t even tell their memories apart. Lizzie, the narrator of this story, is fascinated by Evie’s seemingly perfect family, especially her glamorous older sister Dusty, a beautiful boy-magnet girl and accomplished sportswoman and above...more
Rod  Norman
What a sublime & mystical trip this was.It was as if you are searching for a truth in a fog shrouded field. It's told through the voice of a 13 yr. old girl whose best friend has disapeared. This is an event set in the 1980's,and a change of pace for Megan who owns the 1920-1940's. The story is told in a calm matter of fact and reflective manner, and the pacing in the begining is a little slow. However, the reader is rewarded for their patience over the last half of the book. You will not wa...more
Megan Abbott knows how to write a hell of a gut-punching book. I've been a fan of hers for some time now, and "The End of Everything" only increases my respect for her writing ability.

In TEOE, Abbott takes a common tween/teen experience, the crush on the older man, and mercilessly exploits that teenage fantasy to show the true horror of possibility. That friend of your father's, or friend of your school companion, the one you secretly hoped would fall in love with you even before you knew what y...more
Exceptional. Megan Abbott's portrayal of two young girls on the knife edge of puberty is simply breathtaking and awe inspiring. Lizzie and Evie, inseparable in all ways since birth have their bond tested when Evie falls victim to a predator - ruthlessly snatched from her urban surroundings. However, the waters, though disturbed grow even murkier as the story unfolds with hidden truths and whispered secrets casting a subtle light on a shadow of doubt. 'The End of Everything' is all encompassing;...more
Oh, okay. I see. This is Megan Abbott’s jam. She likes to write sexy coming-of-age stories about smooth-legged teenaged girls who toss their tresses and emit from scents from the surface of their lips and their pores. Girls who have a sexual power they are first learning to wield. Girls who catch the eye of inappropriately aged dudes, either purposefully or not.

In “The End of Everything,” Lizzie and Evie are next-door neighbors and besties. They are both dazzled by Evie’s older sister Dusty, th...more
Aug 29, 2011 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: modern noir fans
Recommended to Ed by: previous fan of author
I'm a fan of Megan Abbott's previous retro-noir titles, and this one takes even bigger risks and longer leaps. Noir is nasty and painful, both in abundant supply here. Life in this 1980s suburb may appear placid on the surface, but the 13-year-old narrator Lizzie soon reveals a toxic mash of pediphilia, incest, and depression. The layered story, poetic diction, and sensitive handling of the tough material are among the hallmarks I admire at work. For some reason, I was reminded of Margaret Milla...more
Ca-reep-y! I 'm sure I said after reading Dare Me and I'll say it again. Megan Abbott gets teenage girls. The recklessness, the self-involvement, the teenage-girlishness. The main characters are two thirteen-year-old girls. There's Lizzie, who lives with her older brother and divorced mother. No Dad in the picture. Her mother does have a new beau who visits her late at night, sneaking in and out while the kids (supposedly) sleep. He's not part of Lizzie's life. Evie lives next door. They've been...more
I absolutely loved this book! I chance upon it at the end of last year at my library on the "recent additions" shelf and just took a chance, and WOW was I completely bowled over. It is hard for me to describe just WHY I loved it so much, but I just totally and completely identified with Lizzie and could just feel everything she felt. I think that Megan Abbott has some deep, intense insight into what it's REALLY like to be a young girl, just on the cusp of where you start going from being "awww,...more
What I love most about Megan Abbott is the way she portrays very normal things with a built in implication that if you pull back the curtain you will find worms, beetles, creeping things - behind every sparkling piece of beauty is something rotted through. Every glorious sunshiny day hides something you wouldn't want to bump into at night. People talk about writing not telling, showing. Megan Abbott takes it one step farther - you can't see the worlds she builds, you can only feel them, you can...more
MaryJude Schmitz
I am not sure if this book would have the same effect on you if you have never been a 13 year old girl, but this book brought so much back for me. We are taught at a very young age that the way to get attention and "love" from boys is with our bodies. At 13, we do not have the control over boys our own age with our bodies as we do with the older boys or men so we turn our sights to them when we want love. I remember shamelessly flirting with the young men that worked with our youth group, sittin...more
Eva Mitnick
Told from the point of view of 13-year-old Lizzie, this is about the apparent abduction of her friend Evie.

The story takes place in the 1980s, and though the 13-year-old narrator tells of events in the present tense, there is no feeling that this is a 13-year-old voice. Lizzie's choice of words, her sentence structure, and her preoccupations all give the feeling is of an adult looking back at a very intense and life-changing time.

One of the main themes running through this novel is the awakeni...more
ReaganArthur, 07/2011

Book Review by Linda S. Brown

Abbott starts her latest novel, THE END OF EVERYTHING, with the freshness of shiny swimsuits on little bodies turning cartwheels in the summer grass, two best friends for ever and ever.

She finishes with the darkness of the aftermath of a young girl’s abduction and events that bring a series of surprising revelations.

The opening scene is luminous and evocative of so many summer evenings: shrill kids’ vo...more
If you've read a few of my reviews, you'll know by now that coming-of-age is my favorite genre. Specifically, I adore coming-of-age novels set in suburbia and, more importantly, written for an adult audience. You'll see a wide array of novels shelved as "young adult" on Goodreads, when in many instances the reader really means that the book is coming-of-age. Coming-of-age does not always equal young adult, and this difference is of great importance to me when choosing books. Megan Abbott's novel...more
Ruth Turner

I didn't particularly like this book, and by the time I reached the half way mark I was bored.

To me the writing seemed choppy, the repeated words were irritating, the dreams were pointless and added nothing to the story and I felt no connection with any of the characters. In fact, Lizzie annoyed me more and more the further i read.

I persevered because I wanted to know how it ended, and that didn't impress me either.

Kevin Fanning
1. oh my god

2. This book starts out Fun. Then it gets Really Good. Then it gets Mysterious. Then it gets Creepy. Then it gets Weird. Then it gets Horrifying. Then it gets Absolutely Terrifying.

3. A lot of reviews talk about this book as a mashup of The Lovely Bones and The Virgin Suicides. And that’s what I thought too, almost all the way through the book. But by the end I realized that was just a trick. It’s very easy to want to see this story through the veil of The Virgin Suicides, the hazy s...more
Chris Rhatigan
This is good as everyone says it is. Abbott takes a plot you've seen on every TV crime show--a suburban teenage girl goes missing and a middle-aged pedophile is suspected of taking her--and blows it up. Where the typical crime show would have clear heroes, villains, and innocents, Abbott's world is thoroughly gray. The characters are complex, but ultimately (for the most part) good people.

And Abbott remembers what it's like to be thirteen years old--the uncertainty, the excitement, the feeling...more
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Megan Abbott is the Edgar® award-winning author of the novels The End of Everything Queenpin, The Song Is You, Die a Little, Bury Me Deep and her latest, Dare Me (July 2012).

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, Detroit Noir, Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year, Storyglossia, Queens Noir and The Spee...more
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