The End of Everything

The End of Everything

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her neighbor Evie Verver are best friends. Lizzie believes her neighbor's family is idyllic and loves spending time over there. But when Evie disappears, Lizzie is beset with questions about her friends whereabouts. As she begins her own quest for the truth, Lizzie uncovers a series of secrets that makes her question everything she knew about Evie.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2011
ISBN: 9781441781741
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (6 hr., 48 min.))

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Nov 16, 2018

Way too much 13-year-old-girl angst - it just went on and on. I listened to the ending twice and still wasn't clear what went on in the Verver household. No more Megan Abbott for me.

Apr 19, 2018

I can describe this novel by noting what it is not. It doesn't belong to the "Christian" section of mysteries. Nor with "cozies." If making one think is a major criteria, Ms. Abbott is among the best authors of our time. You cannot avoid going deep as the book progresses into its latter half. Two teenagers, 13 year-old girls, are the closest of friends. Lizzy Hood and Evie Verver, next-door neighbours, do "everything" together. There's that word. It appears in the title and maybe two dozen other times throughout the book. A young teen's exaggeration style of speaking, yes, but watch for it being used as in the title and connote its significance as the novel concludes. This is Lizzy's story; she's naïve but one of the few relatively normal lead characters. One day, Evie doesn't come home from school. Has she been kidnapped? Is Mr. Shaw, the Verver's family accountant, responsible? Evie's father is devastated, but her older sister seems angry. As one of the few witnesses and, in her pressing desire to be re-united with her best friend, Lizzy slowly discovers more of the truth. And it's not pretty.

JCLCherylMY Feb 16, 2016

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott is a haunting coming of age story, ripe with teenage angst and suburban neighborhood mystery. Set in the 1980's, the novel is about two 13 year old best friend girls who are in their last month of their last year of middle school. It is a time of no internet, no cell phones, no instant digital recording of every moment of life. One of the girls, Evie Verver, goes missing one afternoon, and the other, Lizzie Hood, tells the story of what it is like to be caught up in the drama: the waiting, the suspicion, the false rumors, and, ultimately, the secrets uncovered. The eAudiobook kept me riveted and unsettled because of the little girl voice of Lizzie, our young narrator. I could hear the longing, desperation, and the flights of fancy of what it is like to be a 13 year old girl caught up in the in-between world of adult and child. Is Lizzie being manipulated by those around her? Or does Lizzie make decisions on her desire to be seen as older, to be included in adult relationships even if they border on being inappropriate and dangerous? I would encourage you to listen and to remember what it was like to be in the middle of becoming.

lotuslori_8 Feb 20, 2015

In a word "boring". The story lacked suspense or any real OMG moments.


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