This is Not the End

This is Not the End

by Chandler Baker


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This is Not the End by Chandler Baker

If you could choose one person to bring back to life, who would it be?

Seventeen-year-old Lake Deveraux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on your eighteenth birthday or lost forever.

You only have days to decide.

For each grieving family, Lake is the best chance to bring back their child.

For Lake, it's the only way to reclaim a piece of happiness after her own family fell apart.

And Lake must also grapple with a secret--and illegal--vow she made years ago to resurrect someone else. Someone who's not even dead yet.

Who do you need most?

As Lake's eighteenth birthday nears, secrets and betrayals new and old threaten to eclipse her cherished memories. Lake has one chance to save a life...but can she live with her choice?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484750247
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 261,025
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Chandler Baker grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband, though her heart remains at the beach. She strongly believes that writing quality improves vastly if done while staring out at a large body of water and daydreaming. Chandler is the author of the young adult thriller Alive, as well as the High School Horror series. You can visit her online at

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This is Not the End 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ClaraReads More than 1 year ago
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
THIS IS NOT THE END is a story full of emotions, heartbreak, but also hope and reconciliation as one girl tries to decide who to resurrect on her 18th birthday. It's a powerful story, with complex characters, full of friendship, family, and love. Perfect for contemporary young adult readers looking for a unique story of self-discovery. This story was definitely intense in parts! It tugged on my heart and brought my emotions to the surface. There were a lot of tough issues and choices. Lots of heartache. Lots of friendship and love to balance it all out. I really enjoyed the characters and how there was so much more to them than how they first appear. I figured out the big twist half-way, but not how all of it happened. Seeing Lake and her family have to work through things and mend so much was rough, but also felt real. All their jagged edges and all the broken pieces of Lake's friends' lives were difficult and messy. As it should be. It made the sweet moments, the insights, the way the characters came to grasp with things... that much sweeter and hopeful. The ending then finished things off perfectly. In the end, was it what I wished for? An enjoyable, bittersweet read that shows the messiness of life and the joy that can be found in living it. Content: Some swearing (including the f-word), innuendo, some crude references, drinking, drugs, suicide. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Jean Book Nerd Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
LuluRoadsideReader More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for something super sci-fi and devious, this is not for you. More contemporary than anything else, This is Not the End by Chandler Baker is a very interesting YA book that I initially disliked but really ended up enjoying it by the end. The reasons for which will likely be made in a spoiler vlog in the next day or two. That said, yes, there is something devious, and yes, there is a kernel of sci-fi, but where the heart of the story lies is with Lake facing her truths and the truths of expectations unknowingly placed. The premise, I have to be honest, feels a little flawed. That there is a procedure that can bring people back to life, but can't actually be modified to help the living is weird. I know, sci-fi, suspension of belief, but there has to be something there to make it rational, and for me there wasn't. Then, to limit that choice of resurrection to someone on their 18th birthday and only then, is just weird and feels arbitrary. Why 18? I suppose, for the story's sake, it needs to be 18, but in general, it just doesn't seem realistic. Aside from the unrealistic premise, the story was actually really, really good! I was completely absorbed by it, right there with Lake trying to decide WHO she should resurrect, and then trying to figure out WHAT was actually going on. I had figured out a major spoiler fairly early on, but Baker still managed to surprise me with it as I hadn't guessed the entire truth. Untangling the relationships Lake has with her family, friends, and boyfriend was well written. It felt so realistic, which is what ultimately won me over -- because I could see these characters as actual people and actual situations. Ultimately, This is Not the End by Chandler Baker isn't about a cool sci-fi premise, or about some shadowy black market world. It's about people, relationships, and how they all face their traumas and deal with the repercussions. Solid pacing, good use of the dual time framing technique, and incredibly human characters all make this a solid recommendation from me. // I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title. //
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
What an impossible choice Lake has, knowing she can bring her dead best friend or boyfriend back to life but not both. Can you imagine the pressure that comes with that, never mind the twist of having promised her one resurrection to someone else? At first blush, having the technology to allow a resurrection seems a remarkable opportunity but perhaps it really isn't. Think about would you select one person if you've had multiple losses leading up to your 18th birthday? Lake has a tremendous sorrow, no doubt, but how is it possible that she could feel an almost instantaneous connection with a guy she just met? That budding romance didn't sit right with me but I still have a lot of empathy for Lake because she's a nice girl who cares, a very normal girl, and I wanted her to find some kind of resolution that gives her comfort. Lake's brother, Matt, is another compelling character, not always in a good way but his bitterness is understandable, and the dilemma he causes for Lake gives this story a strong sense of the ethics involved in some of our medical and scientific advances. It also lets us see how Lake has been a sort of second-hand citizen in her own family, certainly something that would affect anyone's psyche, especially considering the plan her parents have in mind. In the end, can whatever choice she makes please anyone, including herself? Betrayal is a core element here and we see that certain people are, or were, not what they seemed, and the misperceptions that plague us all played a huge role in this very intriguing story. Those misperceptions lead to some very surprising twists, a fitting way to bring everything to a close and, all in all, I found This Is Not the End to be a most interesting and engaging tale.
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
Please Note: I received an advance reader's copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way. When I started reading This Is Not The End, by Chandler Baker, I really didn't know what to expect. Was this going to be a story of love and loss? About making the most of the life you have? A mystery? A tale of one messed up family? Well, the answer is all of the above. I was blown away by this book. The author took some risks with my emotions as they were tossed around like a load of laundry! But the overall effect was one of a book that was meaningful, and kept me on the edge of my seat. What I Liked: Layered Story: There is a lot going on in this story. This whole society has been turned upside-down by breakthrough technology that "resurrects" a dead person. Because of how controversial this is, the use of resurrection is strictly controlled. A individual has one opportunity to resurrect one person (or decline to) on their eighteenth birthday. Many people think this is a great idea, while others decry it as unnatural. How this affects Lake, her family, and the families of her two dead friends is at the heart of this story. Is resurrection the answer to one's prayers? Or is the chance for a second life preventing some from moving on after a loss? This is not just a choice that will affect Lake. So many are touched by her choice. But is that a fair burden to put on someone just turning eighteen? Characters: Lake is a complicated girl. On the surface, many envy her good looks and the close relationships she has with her best friend, Penny, and her boyfriend, Will. But take a closer look and you see a girl with big problems. Ever since her older brother's accident (which has caused him to be a quadriplegic), her parents are too consumed with Matt's care to be there for Lake. She is left out of every family decision, and is told (not asked) that she will resurrect Matt, who would come back to life without his spinal chord injury. They actually plan to have him killed just before Lake's birthday (what a birthday memory)! Besides all the ethical issues, Matt is a complete jerk to Lake. When Penny and Will are killed, she feel no compunction whatsoever to use her resurrection on one of her friends, leaving Matt out. There is more going on with Matt than meets the eye. Why is he so resentful of Lake? If someone is literally holding your life in their hands, why would you antagonize them? There actually is a strong reason for his anger, which I was gasping over when I figured it out. Impossible Choices: How in the world is Lake supposed to choose between resurrecting Penny, Will, or her brother? The pressure from all three families is intense, with fights breaking out at funerals, offers of money, and guilt trips galore. Her classmates are actually betting cash on who her pick will be! When Lake tries to ascertain what her friends would want, she starts to uncover some truths she would rather not know! Were Penny and she really as close as she thought? Did Will really love her? There is also the distinct possibility that if she doesn't resurrect Matt, her family will disown her. How can she choose? What I Was Mixed About: I was put off my Matt's decision to end his life, rather than live as a quadriplegic, and even more so by the parents eagerness to help him. Do they want to help him so he can live his best life, or are they tired of taking care of him?