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Until the End (Final Friends #1-3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,652 ratings  ·  130 reviews
It’s the start of the school year, and the popular girls have decided to throw the best party, one their friends will never forget. But hooking up and hanging out are the farthest things from their minds when the unthinkable happens: Someone doesn't make it out of the party alive.

The death is declared a suicide, but nothing quite adds up. Convinced there’s
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Paperback, 846 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published December 31st 1993)
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Hayden Casey
The problem with UNTIL THE END is also its greatest asset: it really should've just been one book.

UNTIL THE END, also known as the omnibus (three-book-in-one set) of the Final Friends series, is a nearly-900-page whopping tome that barely fit inside the UPS box in which it was shipped to me. While I did end up enjoying UNTIL THE END, it wasn't until the third and final book that I realized so. The first two books were quite shoddily constructed, making me think the series was written toward the
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Ernest Oh
I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I liked the genre of the book: romance, mystery, young adult. Secondly, it was very well crafted in terms of both the plot and the characters. Many people seem to disagree with the latter, however, stating that they could not finish the book because of their dislike towards certain characters, Jessica (main protagonist), for instance. I however, strongly disagree with that opinion and also think that one does not have the right to 'review' a ...more
Sonia See
Favourite series!!! This book has been one of my favourites and the series has been my most favourite of Pike! I recently picked up the books again after 8 years and I loved them as much, if not more! I developed a personal attachment to the characters. I loved Michael in every single way, and also how Jessica evolved. An all time favourite - I love how he plays with the characters! He made me feel like I was there and I belonged to the surroundings! I would pick up this series and read it anyti ...more
Adelina
This book is excellently written. I could not put it down. Every chance I got I read it. When the mystery of who killed Alice is revealed, it is a little confusing to understand but if you read that section once or twice again, it becomes clear. Throughout the book, my guess on who it was changed almost every chapter. You won't be able to put this book down because Pike keeps you guessing till the end.
Alyn
This is book is three books in one so it is really thick. It is told from multiple points of views so if you don't like books like that then don't bother reading this book. It might confuse you like it did some people. I wasn't confused though but then I'm used to reading books with multiple view points.

The different points of views are from these characters:

Jessica - A Senior. New to the high school. Typical popular female interests such as cute guys and being homecoming queen.

Michael - A Senio
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Cici
I bought this book thinking Big book. $8? Hell yes! I was hoping for a good book, or three books. I could only get past the first and that was pretty hard. I got a little lost from all of the this-character here-that-character-there-cant'-forgot-about-that-character. I can't even remember all of their names! There were just so many of them.
The book is supposed to be like this. "It’s the start of the school year, and the popular girls have decided to throw the best party, one their friends will
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Carmen Shaw
I really liked the ending of the book. It definitely made up for the rest. Overall, I'll give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it had the romance, the action, the mystery, and suspense. It kept me interested. I would say there were definitely slow parts. There were parts that you didn't really understand why they were in the story at all, but by the end everything clears up and you finally understand why it was included in the story. The main character, Jessie, annoyed me at first because she ...more
Maddy
this book is an easy but you do have to think all the way through. this book keeps you wondering until the last couple of chapter when the big secret is revealed. i also found this story very sad because i could connect with one of the main characters in the book and her relationship with her friend. i think this relationship is a very relatable to most people so it will touch home with many. when you start this book it is almost impossible to put down because of how it gives you clues to the se ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)
Im still reading but I don't know if I'm going to make it! It's really boring and the characters are completely unlikable. With as many as there are you'd think there would be a few that I could gravitate to, but I really can't stand any of them. Michael is okay, but he's got to be the dumbest smart kid that there ever was. Another thing is that for a GIGANTIC book I think it is written for preteens because the writing is too young for my reading level. We'll see if I can get through it. I reall ...more
Circa
I re-read this series recently for nostalgia sake since Christopher Pike is the author whose work got me into reading. I'm surprised so many people found the characters unlikable because I feel the author's development of the various characters in the series is one of the best traits of the books. Even the shallow characters like Jessica change significantly over the course of the book and witnessing their coming of age and identity transition is very powerful. I also love his subtle inclusion o ...more
Nicole
This specific book has the trilogy all in it, so you don't have to go buy the second book and then the third book as you keep reading. There is romance in this along with intense drama but I read in a just a couple days, I couldn't put it down. The author made everything feel so realistic I could picture it all in my head. There was definitely a plot twist at the end I didn't think was happening, the ending got very dramatic but still very good and intense. I would recommend it to anyone who lik ...more
Fatima Souane
The reason why this is a big novel is because it has three books put together: The Party, The Dance, and The Graduation. I believe that this book was fantastically written and well done! Michael was so smart. Jessica and Michael are my favorite character. I strongly recommend this novel. I am glad i finished it in three days!
Jada Simone
After the first few chapters I was going to give up Christopher pike has a unique way of writing and I think this book is different from what he normally writes but the end was both surprising and fantastic I recommend that if you're reading this book you should just tough it out and read to the end
Jason
i love this story.. a combination of 3 books. a high school murder mystery set in the 80s'. great writing for a young adult book. and an absolutely amazing story. one of my all time favorites.
Stina Lindenblatt
It's actually more like a 3.5 stars. I would have ranked it higher, but the first half of the book is kind of slow. I couldn't put it down once I got to GRADULATION.
Stephanie
Im still reading this book right now and I'm on page 281, just started "The Dance" part and it's an alright book. The only reason I won't give it 4-5 stars is that there is to much descriptions about everything I find myself scimming over paragraphs just to skip to the part where the story picks back up and stops describing something. Also.. how many times is the author going to say "Far-out" I just think of 70's hippies everytime I hear it and he's used it like 8 times.

I'm going to continue the
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Jessica
Those hoping for this to be the new Lying Game will be sadly disappointed. The premise is that it's a locked room murder mystery-- which is something that the author seems to forget half the time. Instead it's a high school drama (Who is sleeping with who!?) that just-so-happens to have a murder occur. The writing itself didn't knock me out of the ballpark, though the language befitted the characters-- adolescent. A few of which were fairly forgettable. I had to ask myself a few times "Which guy ...more
Michelle. D.
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Megan
Mar 01, 2012 Megan added it
Until the End by Christopher Pike is a of murder, mystery, and suspense. The book follows many characters who are all classmates at Tabb High School. When sophmore, Alice McCoy, decides to throw a pasrty that no one will ever forget, she certainly achieves her goal. The night of the party, hundreds of people show up, many of them uninvited, but when the party begind to die down, someone is murdered. Michael Olsen, a senior who is considered to be a genius by the whole school, is determined to so ...more
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At first glance this 846 page book was overwhelming. I didn’t realize that it was a trilogy and it took me by surprise. This story opens at the beginning of senior year for a group of 4 friends – Alice and her sister Polly, Jessica and Sara – that have had to transfer from one school to another one due to low enrollment at both schools. Amidst having to redefine the popularity hierarchy they decide that having a party with the 30 m
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Courtney
Until the End is a combination of three books that make a trilogy. When two schools from neighboring towns combine, the popular girls decide to throw a party to mix everyone together. Every thing seems to go perfect, until one girl doesn't make it out alive. The girls friends are devastated, and they all handle the trauma in a different way. Michael, the dead girl's closest guy friend, is set on solving the mystery and figuring out who murdered her. As Michael gets closer to finding the truth, b ...more
Pauline Rouse
After reading this book, I silently asked myself if i could somehow regain the day I spent reading this book. I wasted a day of my life. Whenever i start a book, no matter how horrible it is, I always finish it. There were so many bad things about this book, and I will gladly list a few.

-The whole book was based on the mysterious murder of Alice McCoy, even though there was hardly any interrogation or detectives. The whole book was basically about a bunch of dingbats attempting to scurry up the
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Lori Kircher
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Emmanuelle Chicandard
I read Until the End by, Christopher Pike. This book is about a group of teenagers. It starts off when they go to a party at their friend Alison’s house. Suddenly the party takes a turn for the worst when they find Alice dead with a gun in her mouth. The classify it as a murder but some don’t agree like Michael. He was a good friend of Alice’ and he thinks it was murder. The group tries to go with their lives but are still trying to figure who killed her.

The theme of this novel is if you belie
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Bria Epps
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Carlee
Umm where do I begin..

First of all, I just wanna say this book is FANTASTIC!
(Keep in mind that I am still in the process of reading the last portion of the book.)

I read this book for a solid 5 hours last night and COULD NOT put it down!!

It's a GRIPPING story filled with drama, suspense, lots of mystery, and even a little romance (but not enough to make it a cheesy novel).

I would HIGHLY recommend this book for ANYONE!
Unless, you know, you just don't have very good taste. :P
Spencer Chang
It's just mediocre. I was expecting more mystery solving, but the author spent most of the time writing about romance. And I didn't fell for those characters, most of whom did't seem real to me. Most the people seemed to think the third one was the better one of all three, I have to say otherwise. I was pretty disappointed about the ending part. There were no surprise and its happy ending was too far-fetched.
Yet I gave it three stars because overall the story was not bad I just won't recommend i
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Stephanie Lawrence
This book was hard to pick up at first (because of the length!) but after about fifty pages it became a page tuner. It took me awhile to adjust to everyone being rich spoiled teenagers (well not everyone, but jessica and Polly and Alice, and sarah) but the suspense captured me and I finished it in about four days!
Marissa Williamson
This trilogy is my all-time favorite of any trilogy I have ever read. I have read these books more than a dozen times. The characters are so interesting, their relationships captivating. There isn't a chapter that doesn't keep the pages turning. Micheal is my favorite character of any book I have ever read, this series makes you feel like you know him personally. Sarah is an unforgettable character, the trilogy would not be the same without her. Her witty, stubborn, and screw the rules attitude ...more
Petra
If you are looking for a book that is based on High School kids and party's then here is your book!!
It has a mix of romance and adventure as it takes you through Jessica's life.

"Until The End" is one of my favourites and I'm sure it will be one of your's as well!!

Thanks Christopher Pike!
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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