• This Is Not the End

  • By: Chandler Baker
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (978 ratings)

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This Is Not the End

By: Chandler Baker
Narrated by: Erin Spencer
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Publisher's Summary

A teenage girl faces an impossible choice in this high-concept contemporary YA tearjerker set in a world where resurrection is possible but strictly controlled.

I wonder if for the rest of my life, I'll be haunted by beautiful days.

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn't have to lose them both.

The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their 18th birthday. Mere weeks away from turning 18, Lake faces an impossible choice.

Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly - and illegally - promised her resurrection to someone who isn't even dead yet.

The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.

Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she's encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.

Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can't move on?

©2017 Chandler Baker (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Very long story about a self-centered lucky girl

Pretty good world that is wrecked by repetitious descriptions of superficial physical appearance and a marked disdain for disabled people. The main character is an incredibly lucky character that is loved very much by her family and she treats them shabbily and decides to get a new family of friends from her school. Although the friends seem pretty shallow it’s really just her perception of them, we find out they’re actually pretty deep she’s just that self-centered that she doesn’t know or realize anyone else matters but her. She’s ungrateful for her family until it’s proven near the end that it’s actually her and not them that was mistreating the other. And then the book ends with a not great ending. Three stars it’s not great but it’s not terrible.

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AMAZING

The last 2 hours of this book kept me ON MY TOES, worth the read!

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amazing

I absolutely loved it. the story, the idea, the tragedy. it was fantastic. I couldn't get enough.

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Wow that was SAD

I didn’t like the end but otherwise I can’t complain. I feel like there should be a sequel, it just left me thinking WHAT that’s it!!!! If you like sad depressing stories this is a book for you. I hope teenagers in real life never have to face a choice like this.

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Perfection

Every teenager should read this book. The ending is perfect! It is exactly what happens when you go from teenager to adult. You realize that what you think is important as a child really isn't as life altering as you think. The world and everything in it is constantly changing and you need to go with it because nothing is forever and life goes on and is always okay in the end. The sun always comes out again.

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It seemed like a good story idea....

Interesting story idea but that was about it. Narrater did a great job regardless. I kept hoping it would pick up but it never really did.

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liked it, except for the ending.

The concept is very interesting, and I liked most of it. . . but I am really annoyed with the ending.

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Good read!

Very good story line, well written with a surprising twists! The characters are very relatable and the author was very descriptive!

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Makes you think & feel

Her struggle is an extreme of all our struggles. What truly matters most? And the ending is encouraging without being trite.
I recommend this for anyone whom is trying to find their way in a difficult situation, no matter their age. Also, to anyone whom loves a good heart felt story.

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Predictable

unfortunately the characters seemed to lack development, and the plot wound up being predictable. ok for what it was.