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The End of Everything

The End of Everything [Kindle Edition]

Megan Abbott
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'The End of Everything is already being compared to The Virgin Suicides (and, for once, rightly so) . . . dreamy, shimmering . . . Enthralling.' --Book of the Summer in Marie Claire

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Deft, enthralling and intelligent' Kate Atkinson

Lizzie and Evie are inseparable. They walk home from school together, sleep over at each other's houses, even flirt with boys together. And they tell each other everything. Or at least, that's what Lizzie thinks -- until Evie goes missing, and Lizzie suddenly realises their friendship wasn't quite what she thought.

A novel about two young girls discovering their sexuality; about fathers and daughters; about family and friendship; about jealousy, secrets and lies, The End of Everything is a powerful reminder that things aren't always what they seem. 'A gripping and disturbing novel, a fever dream of adolescent desire and adult complicity' Tom Perrotta

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Secret.... I liked this... 26 Jun 2011
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I'm quite surprised to say that... I really enjoyed this story. When I selected it, it was really so I could read something that my wife might enjoy as well as myself... however, I could not put it down, I had to read it right until the conclusion.

The story begins rather slowly, it builds layers and fully flushes out each character. It loads the story with weight and suspense, which if you don't have a little patience you'll not enjoy, but then in the resolution of the story the flood gates open, the plot unfolds at a real explosive pace.

Some of the language employed is strong, some of the language may, for the moderate middle England reader maybe too strong. But on the whole the story is told, and is about a delicate subject (child abuse at its core).

I read the story in the evening, in bed and it left me unable to stop turning pages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed! 27 Jun 2012
"The End of Everything" has a fairly straightforward plot - the probable abduction of thirteen year old Evie Verver and the effects this has upon her family and especially, her best friend, Lizzie. However, this simple plot-line is the vehicle for the exploration of some complex ideas: the awakening sexuality of young girls and their attraction for older men; sibling rivalry; father/daughter relationships; obsession.
Although the ingredients for an absorbing read were all there, I found this novel to be irritating. I caught myself wishing that the author would "get on with it", as she described Lizzie's thoughts yet again. I also felt that Lizzie's inner voice was not that of a thirteen year old, but an older person describing these thoughts - a minor detail, maybe, but one that grated.
On the whole, for me, this was a disappointing read.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable but engrossing 22 Jun 2011
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Written in the first person, we see the story unfold through the eyes of 13-year-old Lizzie. Evie and Lizzie have been friends for ever in that close, intimate way that only happens in childhood where every secret and emotion is shared. Now, however, Evie has disappeared and Lizzie is trying to make sense of her feelings of loss, her suspicions that Evie may have been hiding something and her relationships with Evie's family who have been her second family for so long.

This book is an examination of that difficult time when childhood and adolescence meet. Lizzie is experiencing her first feelings of sexual desire and is trying to understand and deal with this. Being 13 is a long time ago for me now, but Lizzie took me back to that turmoil of emotions, that clash of innocence and knowingness, that combined sense of anticipation and apprehension of a new phase of life, and it seemed to me that the author had caught this incredibly accurately. Through Lizzie, she talks about the physical changes, the private fantasies, the struggle to understand the motivations of adults and to be accepted by them in a new way, the secrets and stresses within families.

The book is tautly written and relatively short at around 250 pages. I found it an uncomfortable but engrossing read, covering aspects of pubescent sexuality that we sometimes like to pretend don't exist. Suspenseful to the end and with a pervading atmosphere of dread, I shared with Lizzie a need not just to know what had happened to Evie, but to understand. This is not a book I will soon forget - I highly recommend it to anyone who was once a 13-year-old girl, though I'd love to see some male reviews too.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously impressed 29 Jun 2011
By Sally Zigmond VINE VOICE
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Lizzie and Evie are best friends. Both are on the cusp of adulthood. They are always together. They share everything: their hopes, fears, bodily changes, school work and even their clothes. Closeness doesn't come into it.

But when one hot summer's day, Evie goes missing everything Lizzie thought she knew is destroyed. She thinks she knows what has happened and in some ways she is right but her idea of truth is neither what others see nor is it the real truth. Truth is a complex commodity. In fact, Lizzie sees everything in every detail but she is naïve and confused in her own feelings to understand what it is she sees.

I have read many stories about the dark undercurrents of Middle America and of young girls coming of age but never one that is so subtly clever without calling attention to its cleverness. I do think, however, it's a mistake to liken it to The Lovely Bones because this is a far, far better novel. It lacks its gaucheness, its sensationalism or gruesomeness. Yes, gruesome things happen but what is most frightening are the small things such as Mr Verver's hand hovering above Dusty's stomach in the moonlight. Now that's scary.

This is an impressive novel, so light in its touch, so sure of its effects. This is the first novel I have read by Megan Abbott but it certainly won't be the last.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really the end of everything? 14 Dec 2011
By Mrs R
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I have to agree with points raised by other reviews. Overall I found this to be readable, it did have a storyline and a certain level of mystery to it which kept me interested, however I also agree the whole subject matter was uncomfortable, slightly disturbing and far too complex to be written from the mindset of a 13 year old girl. It was a bit slow at times and perhaps tried a bit too hard but it was a different subject matter so for that reason I gave it three stars and not two. Perhaps the title was a little too dramatic because everything seemed to go back to normal afterwards!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
This was a very good read, I like the fact that the story was told without being graphic and was left to the readers imagination.
Published 2 months ago by carol suckram
2.0 out of 5 stars Nearly there
This is a really good story involving young girls growing awareness of their sexuality and their relationships with boys, men and fathers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hellsbells
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read
I couldn't put the book down! The ending wasn't as good as the potential of the rest of the book however.
Published 7 months ago by EFVS
1.0 out of 5 stars not the best book
It was hard to be gripped by the book. I still think there is more to know. Not my cup of tea
Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Bogunovic
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of everything
Very good read! Get lost in the book! Would highly recommend to anyone! Can get confusing at the end but overall a must read!
Published 11 months ago by Georgina Randall
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-written and depressing
Initially, the plot seems intriguing- a 13 year old goes missing, and her best friend attempts to discover the truth, alongside her own sexual maturity. Read more
Published 11 months ago by minimabel
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
It really just didn't come together for me. There was no connection to the characters and the story line was thin and amounts to little.
Published 12 months ago by DeJayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, poignant story
Heart breakingly beautiful story of teenage girls growing up together, in the glow of one man's adoration.
So beautifully written, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Published 12 months ago by shewalla
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of everything
The writing style if this book is somewhat different from books I have read before, the style is quite unique and needs a lot of attention. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rachel Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Did my head in
Didn't like this book at all the way it was written was creepy and disconcerting and confusing, if that's the idea it worked but I got no pleasure from reading it and would not... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nimma
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