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The End of Everything: A Novel

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Innocence Lost

Lizzie and Evie have been friends their entire lives. They share everything, from clothes to sports to thoughts and secrets. They have carved out places in sports, equaling the boys on that playing field.

Now, at 13, everything is changing. They watch Evie's 16 year...
Lizzie and Evie have been friends their entire lives. They share everything, from clothes to sports to thoughts and secrets. They have carved out places in sports, equaling the boys on that playing field.

Now, at 13, everything is changing. They watch Evie's 16 year old sister as she blossoms into a beautiful and feminine being, and her effect on the males in the neighborhood. The boys, other kids, adults, families, or perhaps it is their perception, their awareness that is changing.

Lizzie realizes that Evie is changing, as she herself is, too. Their discussions and secrets have taken on new tones, new topics. When Evie disappears suddenly, Lizzie still feels the connection and a responsibility to find her friend. Her bond with Evie's family gives her strength, but is also a source of mixed comfort and pain.

Lizzie has many revelations and grows up in unexpected ways in Evie's absence. She realizes things about Evie, herself, and the ways of the world. These things drive her to find Evie, but they also put an end to many things that she felt, believed, and thought she knew.

Megan Abbott has written a book that explores the frightening dark side of adolescence, regarding sexuality and what is the end of innocence. The truth is that when we lose our innocence, we lose our childhood.

posted by McGuffyAnn on June 29, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not worth the time!!

This book was LONG and drawn out. I read a lot and it took me forever to finish this book. I finished it because I try to finish every book I read, not because I wanted to find out what happened. The premise of a child being open to such violation, and her best frien...
This book was LONG and drawn out. I read a lot and it took me forever to finish this book. I finished it because I try to finish every book I read, not because I wanted to find out what happened. The premise of a child being open to such violation, and her best friend longing for the attention - just seemed ridiculous to me.

posted by LibraDiva on September 23, 2012

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

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    Not my favorite book, but I didn't hate it either. Made me think about how I remember my 13th year and my best friend. This is a story that just makes you wonder.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

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    Great beginning but then falls flat

    I was totally drawn into this book, but the ending was very anticlimactic and disappoiting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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