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We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

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Book Summary

Right. Wrong. Life is lived somewhere in between.

Duchess Day Radley is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin, and the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids.

Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. And he’s in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother.

Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released. And Duchess and Walk must face the trouble that comes with his return. We Begin at the End is an extraordinary novel about two kinds of families—the ones we are born into and the ones we create.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published March 2, 2021 by Henry Holt Co.

ISBN: 9781250759665

2 reviews for We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

  1. Elysse W

    Holy mackerel, this book was so good! I finished it within a day. My husband definitely was shocked, he looked at me this evening as I was finishing it and goes wait is that the same book you started yesterday?! Umm YES, I stayed up reading last night and woke up early to read today! It’s just so beautifully and brilliantly written. The characters were charming, especially the outlaw Duchess, who my heart is still tugging towards long after I’ve closed the pages. Characters as creatively written as Duchess will never truly leave us. It was written like literary fiction, but was also very fast-paced and had a lot of plot – it was, *chefskiss* perfection. I highly recommend this one to anyone who’s ready for all of the feels and looking for a damn good read!

  2. Chandra

    “I’m the outlaw Duchess Day Radley.”

    Holy emotions, outlaw! I thought I had no emotions left after a couple terrible days but I was wrong… I had plenty and WE BEGIN AT THE END just took them all. Y’all, this is definitely in my top for this year. My heart broke a little at the end of Part I, I was actively crying at the end of Part II… and Part III and Part IV. I am spent… and it was all worth it because this is an absolutely amazing story. This literary fiction, contemporary, coming-of-age mystery, beautifully written novel will stay with me for a LONG time.

    My heart… oh my damn heart. Duchess only has one thing she allows herself to love and that is her little brother, Robin. She is an absolute spark of a girl who had to grow up way too fast. Robin has such a strong bond with his sister but he just doesn’t know what to make of her sometimes in how she acts and the words that come out of her mouth. But at the end of the day, they absolutely love each other and you FEEL this pouring from the pages.

    Then there’s Walk, the sheriff who tries to look out for them. Hal, their grandfather, who is sickly and has secrets of his own… but handles himself, and the children with care. I just want to hug every single one of these characters. Not to mention Thomas Noble, who has such tenacity and oh so brave. Dolly, the old woman who sees herself in Duchess. And then our villains…. Darke, Milton, Vincent, Brandon.. I mean…. while they all play their roles, the author still brings such humanity from them. Layers upon layers within every single character. I appreciate that so much.

    Listen, this can be a tough read at times but there are teeny moments of levity to help lighten this heavy load. You’ll go through the cycle of ups and downs with each character and it will leave you breathless. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten this worked up over a story. I need to go check my eyes for leaks now and sew my heart back together. Get this book. Read it. Grab yourself some ice cream and a box of kleenex. Set aside some time because you’re not going to want to put it down.
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