The End of Everything

Reagan Arthur: Little, Brown. Jul. 2011. c.256p. ISBN 9780316097796. $23.99. F
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood is the last person to see her best friend, Evie, before she disappears. They've been inseparable for years, and Lizzie knows everything about her—or does she? Lizzie knows enough to pursue clues the police dismiss, but in all her reflections there are flashes of darker moments and unsettling questions. Her narration is full of quick glimpses of another story, just there on the edges, that create layers of suspense. Has Evie been abducted, or has her fierce older sister driven her to run away? Just how safe and perfect is the family next door?
VERDICT Edgar Award winner Abbott (Queenpin) offers a fascinating twist on the coming-of-age story, blending a tale of young women just discovering their sexuality with suspense and plenty of plot twists. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]
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