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The End of Everything

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  12,699 ratings  ·  1,659 reviews
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor, Evie Verver, are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom, presumably, there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books
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Susan I had to check the description when you asked this question because I thought no way is this a book for kids. But has Young Adult listed under…moreI had to check the description when you asked this question because I thought no way is this a book for kids. But has Young Adult listed under it???

I am usually quite permissive in what I let kids read. I am not upset by cursing or sex between teens or drinking and drug use. But I wouldn't even want my 20 year old daughter to read this. It gives an awful description of teen girls that I wouldn't want boys or girls to read. And the creepy "romances" between middle schoolers and middle aged men? Yuck. (less)

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Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
Jul 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Debbie "DJ"
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This is the first Megan Abbott book I have read. While this may be more of a 4 star book, it gets a 5 from me! I simply adore Megan Abbott! The beginning of this book had me all smiley and nostalgic. Never have I heard girl pubescence so exquisitely described. The scabs and bruises, the racing abandon, the deep desire to know of the elusive adult secrets. And damn, if Abbott didn't take me right down the road of these secrets. It gets dark, very dark.

The story is told by 13 year

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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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, s
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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?
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5 stars.

I read Dare Me by Megan Abbott earlier this month and, since then, have been collecting everything she has even penned in the hopes of binge reading all of them over the coming months. Both Megan Abbott and the dark contemporary genre are quickly proving to be my new favourites.

When Lizzie's next door neighbor and lifetime best friend, Evie, is abducted everything Lizzie thought she knew about herself, her friend and life in general is called into qu
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it

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 li
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Megan Abbott – you ain’t right . . .

A blurb by Tom Perrotta on the cover of The End of Everything says the following about Abbott: “Megan Abbott writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity; her story grabs hold of you and won’t let go.” I can’t think of a better way to describe what makes me love reading Megan Abbott’s books. She writes with such urgency, as if the words are clawing their way out and her tales are told with extreme efficiency – every page is used to its maximum capacity
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Everyt
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The End of Everything features some more messed up teenage girls, just like You Will Know Me. I think these young ladies were even worse.
I had fun reading this strange, mysterious, psychologically focused novel.
James Thane
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book is brilliant. It's like corduroy or velvet - you can feel it. But, sometimes you don't want to feel it.

The book is the first-person POV of a 13 year old girl whose best friend goes missing. The two girls live next door to each other and are practically inseparable, so everyone is looking to her for answers as to what happened to Evie. We live in this pre-teen's head, Lizzie, as she tries to figure out what happened to her friend.

This gives us an unreliable narrator and we are forced t
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 voi
This review talks generally about both Dare Me and The End of Everything and originally appeared on my blog Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.

Before I start with my thoughts on Meg Abbott’s writing, I should state that from what I can gather, she writes two kinds of books. One are pretty old fashioned hardboiled noir books with female-centered stories of feminine power and violence and appropriately stylized covers, all shadows and curves. The latter are books centered around the fairly privileged lives of mid
Jul 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 m
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
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Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
(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 sport
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The End of Everything is an incredibly dark, mysterious novel and so unsettling in places. So much so that my heart was pumping so wildly from the intensity, I had to break every so often to get myself under control. Reason being was that the main characters are 13year old girls. They have found themselves in the center of a horrific crime, and caught the eye of a very sick man. They have a mentality of a child. No thought process went though in what they did; just impulsive decisions and/or fol ...more
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Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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How do I feel about this book?

I feel like I need to take a shower. Even a week later. I feel grimy, I feel dirty and I feel like that is exactly what Megan Abbott was going for when she wrote this.

To tell you the truth I disliked this for the first half. I nearly put it down. I don't generally do *mysteries* because I just need to know what happened NOW. None of this it floats off at the back of my mind somewhere, only to disappear out of my grasp at the last second bullshit.

But after taking ages to make it halfway, I positi
Yigal Zur
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
beautifully written. very creepy subject -love of young girls to grown up men. but Abbott making it in amazing way, with deep understanding of emotions of girls on the verge of being women. it took me a while to get into it but once in it got hold till the spin in end. great work of writing.
Bill Kupersmith
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My new book choices had been a succession of unsatisfying false starts so I read a book that needed revisiting by an author I love. And it didn't hurt that I've just finished the first draft of a novel about field hockey players. I’d read The End of Everything before Megan Abbott published her brilliant Dare Me, which taught me that you're on your second or third reading before you begin to find out what her novels are actually about. I’d first read The End of Everything as a “girl-is-missing” s ...more
Ben Brown
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The End of Everything” was Megan Abbot’s first “suburbia thriller,” a genre that she would eventually go on to make quite a name for herself in with subsequent novels “Dare Me,” “You Will Know Me,” and “The Fever.” While “The End of Everything” doesn’t quite reach the heights of Abbott’s later works– you can tell, after having spent much of her earlier writing career crafting period piece noir thrillers, that she’s still figuring out how to successfully translate her ideas (particularly regardi ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very disturbing topic but beautifully written. I had happily forgotten what it was like to be 13. I hope I can forget again.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading through some of the reviews for this book and other books written by this author, I think people either get Megan Abbott or they don't.

Personally, I felt this was phenomenal. Two books came to mind while reading this book...The Lovely Bones and Memories of My Melancholy Whores.

The story starts with the abduction of a 13-year-old girl named Evie and is told from the perspective of her best friend Lizzie. It's part coming of age, part crime drama, part mystery.
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Megan Abbott is the Edgar®-winning author of the novels Die a Little, Queenpin, The Song Is You, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything, Dare Me, The Fever and You Will Know Me. Her next book, Give Me Your Hand, will be published in July 2018.

Abbott is a staff writer on HBO's THE DEUCE. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles
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