The End of Everything: A Novel

The End of Everything: A Novel

by Megan Abbott


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The End of Everything: A Novel by Megan Abbott

Thirteen-year old Lizzie Hood and her next door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. They are best friends who swap bathing suits and field-hockey sticks, and share everything that's happened to them. Together they live in the shadow of Evie's glamorous older sister Dusty, who provides a window on the exotic, intoxicating possibilities of their own teenage horizons. To Lizzie, the Verver household, presided over by Evie's big-hearted father, is the world's most perfect place.

And then, one afternoon, Evie disappears. The only clue: a maroon sedan Lizzie spotted driving past the two girls earlier in the day. As a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the Midwestern suburban community, everyone looks to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth, prowling nights through backyards, peering through windows, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie's world. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder if she knew her best friend at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316097826
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 180,294
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Megan Abbott is the Edgar-award winning author of four crime novels. She has taught literature, writing, and film at New York University, the New School and the State University of New York at Oswego. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University in 2000. She lives in New York City.

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The End of Everything 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
tommysalami More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected. Coming from the excellent, but far more standard thriller The Last Child by John Hart, I was surprised and even disturbed at the depths of brutal honesty our narrator, 13 year old Lizzie, will go. Her best friend and near twin Evie disappears one day after school. Lizzie thinks she saw a car. Soon she is investigating on her own, but this is not the story of a young gumshoe. As she inserts herself into the grieving family of her friend, we learn that not everything is what it seems... or even what Lizzie thinks it seems. A profoundly disturbing look at the dangers young women face on the verge of womanhood, and a story that will defy your attempts to predict its outcome.
McGuffyAnn More than 1 year ago
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.
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
I really don't want to give anything about this book away, so I apologize for being vague. All I can say is that there were several events, decisions, and actions in this book that made me so anxious that I had to stop reading and talk to my cat about it. I usually don't discuss books with my cat so this was monumental behavior on my part. At times my anxiety and frustration levels were so high that I didn't know if I could finish the book at all. This author really knows how to write a compelling story and I will definitely be reading more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and i dearly fell in love with it!!!!!! I got it from my local libary and took it to school everyday my teachers where soo suprise that i wouldnt put it down, i would soooo recomend it !!! It will keep you guessing to the end!!
kaitlynlenhart More than 1 year ago
This book was really good-couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
fbr More than 1 year ago
I won't take you through the plot line. I'll tell you how it feels. Sometimes, no often, it's driven by a sexual obsessiveness. Edgy and lurid, it's impelled by a twitching nervousness, you can sense it, you can feel it, you're tempted, but you're not really sure what lies underneath it, but you know it's moving fast, and you're pretty sure, it's not going to end well. Other times, you say, its just a story about a young girl, trying to insert herself into things, trying to be smart, trying to be important, just trying to join in, crying out, "Look at me, I'm here", I'm here". But, the voice is too high pitched, too excited. I think a big step forward for Megan as an author. Although granted, it's not for everyone, Megan always teeters on the edge.
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Hard to follow
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No meaning to it
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Confusing ,that's all
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The best book i have ever read. I couldn't put it down!
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bookwormmom4 More than 1 year ago
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.