The End: Book summary and reviews of The End by Ann Dee Ellis

The End

or Something Like That

by Ann Dee Ellis

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The End by Ann Dee Ellis
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  • Published in USA  May 2014
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Emmy's best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasn't shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim's death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghost - but it's not Kim. It's Emmy's awful dead science teacher.

Emmy can't help but think that she's failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she's not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forward? - and to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.

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"Starred Review. A hard-hitting story about remembering the dead while not forgetting the living. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"A slow start may deter some, but sophisticated readers who stick with the story will find a thoughtful search for closure and acceptance." - Kirkus

"Ann Dee Ellis is my own personal J.D. Salinger. Sometimes haunted, sometimes haunting, but always achingly human, she finds truth in a burrito and a pizza boy, a fistful of gummy bears, and a dead science teacher. You will truly love this book." - Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series

"Ann Dee Ellis has one of the most interesting voices I know. I love the humor, honesty, and restraint with which she explores Emmy's complicated relationship with the past, the present, and herself." - Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist for Story of a Girl

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Ann Dee Ellis

Ann Dee Ellis is the author of This is What I Did: and Everything is Fine. This is What I Did: received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an IRA honor book, and a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction pick. Ann Dee lives in Utah with her husband and four sons.

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