The End of Everything – Megan Abbot

Have you ever had the experience of reading a book and being sure throughout most of the book that you know excactly what’s going on, and then you get to the end and you realize that you actually have no clue if you really know what the author is talking about? That was how I experienced The End of Everything.

The book is written by Megan Abbot, published July the 3rd 2011. Megan is born in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. She received her Ph. D. in English and American literature from NYU. Megan gets lots of positive reviews from different newspapers, magazines etc.

“A sensitive, unconventional tale about the infinitely complex mystery of sexual awakening that lingers in the mind long after the book is finished.”

“Already being compared to The Virgin Suicides (and, for once, rightly so). …Dreamy, shimmering, enthralling.”
The End of Everything is a dark, twisted story that will echo in the back of your mind for a long time after you have finished it. The book is about two thirteen-year old girls; Lizzy and Evie. They are inseparable. They tell each other everything, and know each other bone-deep. At least, that is what Lizzy thinks.

One day, Evie mysteriously dissapears, and Lizzy, who is the last one to see her, is directly seen as the head withness. Lizzy starts searching for clues and soon finds out that she did not know Evie as good as she thought she did. A few days after the disappearance, Lizzie remembers something that directs the investigation towards a local man who has also disappeared. It is not clear early on whether these two events are connected.

The book is told in the present tense from Lizzy’s point of view. Because of this, you have a direct connection with Lizzy from the beginning till the end. Both the time and place of the book are left behind, I assume Abbot did this on purpose so that the readers would focus more on the people at the heart of the story.

The good thing about The End of Everything is, that it is catchy. This book really is a page turner. Especially at the end, when the book makes an unexpected twist. From then on you want to find out every detail of what has happened.

I personally think Abbott could have made it more thrilling from the beginning. It has it’s ups and downs. Sometimes it gets really exciting but then it is just the same for two to three chapters; nothing really happens. But this really was my only remark. The book is well written, the story line is good, and the end is totally unexpected. If you like thrillers and crime fiction this is definitely a book for you!

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