Sunday, July 03, 2011

The End of Everything -- Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott's books have always seemed to me to tilt toward the mainstream, and while I don't know how The End of Everything is being marketed, it could easily be put into the mainstream section of the bookstore. It's a coming-of-age story told by Lizzie Hood, who's looking back on certain events from her childhood. However, she maintains a 13-year-old's point of view for the most part, so Lizzie's understanding of things might not be ours. We can see things from a different perspective.

Lizzie thinks the Ververs, her next-door neighbors, are more or less a perfect family. Their daughter Evie is her best friend. And then one day Evie disappears. Everyone is sure she's been abducted, and Lizzie uses her special knowledge to do some investigating of her own. She's not above planting evidence if she has to.

There's not much mystery in the usual sense here. Everyone seems to know who the culprit is. The question is what really happened. And why. Those are the things that bother Lizzie, too, and she gradually finds out the answers. Maybe not all of them, but the reader again understands a little bit more than she does.

Excellent and evocative writing as usual from Abbott. Check it out.

1 comment:

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I am so behind in my reading. You aren't helping. lol