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Until the End

(Final Friends #1-3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,450 ratings  ·  169 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 a murderer on
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 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
Circa Girl
Jul 31, 2014 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 ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This really should have been a 2 star read. I thought about DNF’ing this book so many times, but I will admit, I had to find out what happened. So In turn, I’ll give it 3 stars.

I dunno. Maybe I’m too old to have read this. ALL of the characters in this book, except Nick and the Rock annoyed the ever living piss out of me. I disliked them all so much, I wanted to stab my eyes out with a rusty fork. And I have teenagers the same age as these kids!!! My teenagers don’t even act like that lol

May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Just like a modern day Agatha Christie. However it was loooooooonnnggg and really didn't need to be presented as three novels. But how it unfolded was really interesting, until the end reveal which was a bit of a letdown. So was good, then bad, and overall it was passable.
Carol Storm
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Did not finish, but I did read the entire first novel of the three books included and I'd like to share some thoughts.

When I picked this book up I was expecting a Fear Street or Goosebumps type read, but aimed at teenagers. The strange thing about it is that it was much better than I was expecting, as far as characters were concerned, but much worse as far as thrills and horror.

There are a bunch of teenagers introduced in the first book, and I really connected with several of them. There's a
Oct 11, 2012 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
Feb 18, 2012 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.
I read the whole book which has got to be over 700 pages. I thin k it is close to 850 actually. Huge book but worth ever y page.

So this is broken into three parts and I really enjoyed each one, with part one being my favorite and part two being my least. Part three of coarse is the conclusion and man what a ride Pike takes us on!

One thing I want to make clear. This is an any age book. As long as you like mysteries, do not mind reading about high school kids and like or do not mind long books,
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Until the End by Christopher Pike was at first, let me tell you, an exceptional read. The first time I received this book as a gift and tried to read it, it was a complete failure so I decided this time round I would read it and not give up halfway or something like that. After nearly a week of intense reading, I have to say Until the End has exceeded beyond my expectations because it's hell of a good book. It focuses on high school students from their sophomore year all the way throughout to ...more
Carmen Shaw
Oct 15, 2011 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 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 ...more
Mari Johnson
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this book will change your life. So incredibly well written, great story, A MUST READ.

I remember reading this the first time and I just had my eyes glued to the pages during all of the school day. Eventually the principal came up to me and said "What is that book, you've been reading it nonstop." May I remind you, principals rarely ever interact with students. If you are considering reading this book, I give you my word that it is a fantastic piece of art that you will not be able to
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 ...more
Fatima Souane
Nov 05, 2012 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 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
Feb 14, 2016 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.
Nov 26, 2010 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 07, 2011 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.
Aug 18, 2015 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!!).
Jan 01, 2015 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.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Until the End by Christopher Pike is his original trilogy titled Final Friends. Until the End contains the three books: The Party, The Dance, and The Graduation. The Party and The Dance were both originally released in 1988 and The Graduation came out in 1989. I wish they would have kept the original Final Friends title, because it’s an actual line in the book and I think it ties the trilogy together a bit better.

When I found Until the End at a bookstore during some travel, I squealed. No lie.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been trying to read this book for 7 years. At first I thought I just hated the writing style. I also had started reading the book at such a bad time in my life that I figured I'd never get to read through it all.

I restarted it multiple times, never getting through half of the first book (since this is actually three novels in one) I only read through The Party once the very first time I read it. I couldn't put it down this time however. Partly I wanted to actually finish it. I mean it has
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I expected to flat out detest this book because of how outdated the majority of descriptions were for the all the characters. However, I found myself still entrenched in the mystery of it all, just like when I first read it. As an adult, I was able to see Pike's craft. Some sentences were jarring and at times the POV roved in ways that worked for the story but at times distracting. This time, I read this book as a reader and a writer and I enjoyed the ride. I actually want to read his adult ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok the plot is thin so temper your expectations accordingly. However, this is one of those books you will enjoy the journey as the characters navigate through school, relationships, responsibilities and murder (?).

I also enjoyed the various sub-plots that was weaved into the story - Jessie and Sara plotting to lose their virginity was especially entertaining.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this book again after more than 10 years.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was good, at times I didn't like that it switched from person to person with each chapter, but it was only because the anticipation at the end of the chapter was so good that I would speed read to find out what happened to that person which would be in a few chapters ahead. 3 books in one was good so I didn't have to go searching for the others. The ending I couldn't predict, I liked that it was unexpected the way things happened. Overall worth reading.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 STARS
Great mystery and psychologically interesting characters (athough I didn't get emotionally attached to many of them). Over all, the trilogy is a little too long for my tastes, and the epilogue is almost unbearably sappy, but it's a quick read and the mystery absolutely compelled me to reach that satisfying ending.
Emily DeMooy
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have read it twice and I loved it the second time as much as I did the first! It was really the first mystery I had read since "The Westing Game" in the seventh grade and it was so exciting!
Riley Mayer
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I really enjoyed the characters and the progression they all went through throughout the book. I thought the plot itself was slightly absurd at times but other then that, I enjoyed the storyline.
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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

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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