A mesmerising 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 offers a powerful reminder that things aren’t always what they seem...
I say: I’m not really sure what to say about this. It all started out like your typical Young Adult novel, but then slowly descended into something sinister and ended in the depths of depravity. Or maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but I really didn’t like the resolution.
Evie goes missing and while everyone is busy looking for her in all the wrong places, or gossiping about what may have happened to her, Lizzie becomes some kind of sleuth that manages to uncover clues and leads that the police have missed. At the same time Lizzie slowly gets closer to Evie’s father and arouses the wrath of Evies sister.
Emotions get confused and muddled and it all takes a bad turn.
Like I said, it started out really interesting and I was desperate to know what had happened to Evie, and I think Abbot did a great job of giving away little enough to keep me interested in the plot. I didn’t very much care for the relationship that formed between Lizzie and Evie’s father – it seemed forced and more like gimmick to extend the plot. The same goes for the relationship with the sister.
This may be considered a spoiler so highlight if you want to know: once we found out what had happened to Evie I lost all interest in the story. It was basically a rip-off of Lolita and that angered me. Yes, I know that Lolita wasn’t the first book to handle that subject, but it was all I could think about and it all seemed so implausible it nearly angered me.
So yeah, 3/5 for a good start and an unfortunately bad ending.