Book Review: The End of the World by Amy Matayo

Title: The End of the World

Author: Amy Matayo

Published: February 9, 2016

Page Length: 280 Pages

Book Summary:

A desperate boy. A damaged girl. And a dark house filled with secrets.

For Cameron Tate, being shuffled from foster home to foster home is just a normal way of life. Until the year he turns fourteen. That’s when he’s sent to the home of seventeen-year-old Shaye McCormick—a fellow foster kid counting the days until she’s released from the system.
For good reason. It doesn’t take long for Cameron to learn that Shaye is shackled to the worst kind of pain…living in a home where nothing seems right. And now he’s joined her with no way out. Their only refuge is a lake, a quiet spot at the edge of the property where they can sit together for a few moments at the end of each day. Alone with their thoughts. Away from prying eyes.
At the lake they become friends. At the lake they begin to talk. At the lake Cameron vows that no matter how deep their secrets are buried, he’ll make it his mission to heal Shaye from a past that makes living in the present nearly impossible. Even if it takes until the end of time to do it.

What a way to start the new year. I have read 3 other books by Amy Matayo and have thoroughly enjoyed each of them. The End of the World is also a great book and is very well written but I’m not sure “enjoyed” is a word I would attach to the reading of this book. It deals with abuse in the foster care system and I’m not sure anyone can enjoy reading about that.
The End of the World kept me up until 1:30 in the morning finishing it because I wanted/needed to find out how the story ended. I just couldn’t put it down and go to sleep because I was so involved in the story. (Shot my resolution to get to bed early and wake up early out the window on the first day of the New Year) I loved the characters and was drawn into their world. And despite the fact that this deals with heavy subject matter the tone is not depressing… Ultimately it is a romance with a happily ever after ending. I recommend it selectively realizing that the subject matter isn’t for everyone.


Rating: 5 Stars – Well done and kept me up reading until I finished

Source: Kindle Unlimited Download

Content: abuse, sexual relationships (not detailed), an instance or two of mild language… and other topics that could trigger some readers but to share would be a spoiler.

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Also by Amy Matayo (these are on my to-read list)


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