Megan Abbott's The End of Everything was right up my alley--a little bit fictional, a little bit crime-y, and a little bit wistful without being mushy. Read on, dear reader.
Lizzie and Evie are best friends. Coming to the end of 8th grade, they are preparing for all that high school brings: boys, field hockey, and grown-up things. That is, until one day Lizzie doesn't walk home with Evie; her mom is taking her to the mall. Evie doesn't make it home. For weeks the police grasp on to every lead and Lizzie holds herself responsible. Will Evie ever return? Will things ever be the same?
I was so happy I finally got my mitts on this book. It was so interesting and layered that I had a difficult time putting it down. The story is told in first person with Lizzie as the narrator, and it is fascinating to read a book written so carefully as a full-bodied character that is thirteen and so determined yet so fragile. Lizzie must mature quickly but is also still a hormonal, hurting little girl.
There is much I cannot say about this book for fear of giving away some of the plot twists, so I will say that this book was an excellent read for my weekend mental getaway. The relationships are intricate and delicate; Lizzie must navigate Evie's family as well as her own mother, and as truths come out about the day Evie disappeared and the weeks following, nothing is as simple as it seems--not even a kidnapping.