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Until the End (Final Friends #1-3)

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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 a murderer on t
Paperback, 846 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published December 31st 1993)
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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
Ernest Oh
Jun 17, 2012 Ernest Oh rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2014 Circa rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2012 Adelina rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 11, 2012 Alyn rated it liked it
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
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
Carmen Shaw
Oct 23, 2011 Carmen Shaw rated it liked it
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
Jan 28, 2012 Maddy rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2016 Karol rated it liked it
Shelves: series, borrowed
It was a very interesting ending. Not something I expected to happen, though events seemed kind of bunched up or randomish.
Aug 18, 2015 Gene rated it liked it
Shelves: frustrating
Thoroughly confusing until the end (SEE WHAT I DID THERE? And it wasn't even on purpose at first!!).
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
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
Jan 18, 2015 Melody rated it liked it
Before Stephen King eclipsed all other authors in my heart, there was another. One I think of as my "pre-Stephen-King" and that was Christopher Pike. I devoured all of his books I could get a hold of in high school. The other big horror writer of the day was R. L. Stine and I don't remember what it was that I preferred in Christopher Pike. I think I liked how some of his stories were less "evil dead cheerleader" and more "bizarro sci-fi murder mystery". With time travel. And lizard people evolvi ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2012 Fatima Souane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
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
May 16, 2012 Jada Simone rated it liked it
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
Sep 21, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This is a reread for me. I originally read this maybe even twenty years ago when I was a preteen and loved it. Oh, how I had a crush on Michael Olson. Loved him. I was thinking about my favorite books when I was a kid and became nostalgic. I chose Final Friends not just because I really liked it back then, but because I thought I still might like it and it held up surprisingly well. Granted I have far too fond, fuzzy memories about these books (they were three separate books when I first read th ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Always entertaining, and certainly takes me back to my preteen years when all I read was Christopher Pike books. I liked having all three books in one volume, although the book was a bit bulky.
Oct 21, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Oct 22, 2011 Stina Lindenblatt rated it liked it
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.
Betsy Whitehead
Mar 20, 2015 Betsy Whitehead rated it liked it
I LOVED Christopher Pike books as a teen. When I saw he has also written some Young Adult books, I had to give it a try! I requested this book from the library. I didn't realize that the three books bundled together we're really just ONE book! By that I mean that while there are three books, the first two end with no answers - cliffhangers, really, so it is necessary to read ALL THREE to get to any resolution. I did not find the ending as suspenseful as I remember Pike books being. In fact, it w ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
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
Jun 19, 2016 Tyler rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This 3-part book started off a little slow, but by about half-way through The Dance I was starting to feel more drawn to the storyline. The last section, The Graduation, was probably my favorite as I was more immersed in the suspense of what was happening.

Michael is by far my favorite character in Until the End. His background, personality, loyalty, determination, and research/logic skills were very intriguing to me. The small spin-off storylines that occurred in this book were not nearly as int
Dec 23, 2015 Cristi-Lael rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, own
I've been going through and reading all of Christopher Pike's books again. I read many of them 20+ years ago in high school and wanted to see if they still had the magic they had when I was 15. The short answer is no, not really. Don't get me wrong, the thriller part of the story is still thrilling enough that I look forward to getting to the end to find out the truth, but the characters tend to drive me crazy with their personal lives. This book is a perfect example of that. While I loved the d ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Julianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Highschoolers man
Recommended to Julianna by: ME actually browsing the book aisle oh gosh
Well.. this was different..

Until the End was really my first leap into this genre. I really loved the mystery aspect. You know those books that are so predictable you could bet you would already know what the next page read? Man I hate those books personally. But this, oh golly. At some points, yeah okay sorta "YES I KNEW IT" but at the same time.. PLOT TWIST.

Originally I bought the book nearly a year ago, picked it up, read a chapter, got bored and put it down. Story of my life. I actually had
Jul 15, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 06, 2011 Michelle. D. rated it liked it
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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
Nov 09, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
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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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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Other Books in the Series

Final Friends (3 books)
  • The Party (Final Friends #1)
  • The Dance (Final Friends #2)
  • The Graduation (Final Friends #3)

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