The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
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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.
 

About Megan Abbott

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Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of five previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film at NYU, the New School, and SUNY-Oswego. She lives in New York City.
 
Published July 7, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 268 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Lizzie recalls that Evie had a secret admirer, an older man who would watch her at night, standing in the yard.

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When Lizzie remembers seeing a maroon car cruising in front of their school, the police focus on Harold Shaw, an insurance agent whose car matches her description.

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Her bed was a big pink cake with faintly soiled flounces and her floor dappled with the tops of nail polish bottles, with plastic-backed brushes heavy with hair, with daisy-dappled underwear curled up like pipe cleaner, jeans inside out, the powdery socks still in them, folded?up notes from all h...

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Examiner

It becomes clear to Lizzie that Evie might have gone voluntarily and does not want to be found, but Lizzie is determined to find her best friend and try to understand what is happening.

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Book Reporter

Lizzie Hood and Evie Verver live right next door to each other and are constantly together, until the day Evie vanishes.

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Entertainment Weekly

Thirteen-year-old best friends Lizzie and Evie are so close, they're nearly conjoined — until Lizzie steps through a hedgerow one day after school and never makes it home.

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Los Angeles Times

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In the process, Lizzie realizes she didn't know as much about Evie or the seemingly perfect Verver household as she thought, nor about the notions of love and romance that had filled her own girlish head.

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The Bookbag

Her best friend and neighbour Lizzie relates how she searches for clues, how she discovers that a local man may be involved, and how Evie and Lizzie's families struggle to cope.

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Huffington Post

Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her best friend Evie Verver are inseparable.

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Macleans

Thirteen-year-olds Evie Verver and Lizzie Hood have been next-door neighbours and best friends their whole lives.

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We Love This Book

The girls are so in sync, their bond so fluid, Lizzie sometimes forgets they are separate people and is confused one day when a scar on her thigh is no longer there, only to remember it belongs to Evie.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Being in Evie’s home and even wearing her clothes somehow makes Lizzie feel less helpless, but since this is a Megan Abbott novel, there are darker forces at play.

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Blogger News Network

Before it happened it seemed to 13 year old Lizzie Hood that the Verner family next door was perfect in every way.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Gotta admit, massive fucking fan of Megan Abbott’s I assuredly fucking am, I was wary of this one at first too, but once I started The End of Everything there was no stopping me until the final fucking page.

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Chamber Four

At times, this causes a disconnect between Lizzie the character and Lizzie the narrator.

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The Christian Manifesto

It’s hard to read a story where the thirteen year old narrator was seeing the kidnapper as possessing a great love for the child he’s taken.

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Boomtron

I cracked open The End of Everything earlier this year, and its first chapters, with their immediate plunge into the early adolescent headspace of Lizzie Hood, had me slightly worried that Megan Abbott had written a book that, for once, would not strike a chord.

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Open Salon

Though its protagonists are young adults, “The End of Everything” isn’t labeled young adult fiction, but it’s interesting to read about the adolescent experience as it’s portrayed for an adult audience rather than a peer audience.

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