If you enjoyed The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, you should get this book. The two books I just mentioned are often compared to Megan Abbott’s The End of Everything (2011) and are coincidentally 2 of my favorite books back in high school.
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. And to Lizzie, the Verver household, including Evie’s glamorous older sister and her bighearted father, is the world’s most perfect place.
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.
Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie’s world. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder, ultimately, whether she knew her best friend at all.
I generally enjoy books that have girl protagonists because, well, maybe because I’m a girl. The three books are brutally honest and quietly disturbing. I read TVS and LB back when I was a goth (haha) but I still enjoyed reading The End of Everything as a 23-year old because I enjoy reading beautifully written prose. It’s an easy read (meaning you won’t need your thesaurus/dictionary) with inserts of beautiful descriptions of things only a 13-year old girl can feel.
If you’ve read it maybe we can discuss it on the comments section below! That means if you haven’t read it, don’t read the comments!