Book Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

this is where it ends

Reviewed by: Savannah
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Page count: 288 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes

Okay, I am just going to start off by saying this book does not have a happy ending. Hopefully, you don’t find that fact a spoiler alert. But with such a real subject, you probably can’t expect too much from it. I also found myself having troubles trying to put it down – I just wanted to stop all my responsibilities and finish the book. Here’s a description of the book:

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”

I found this book in a list of highly anticipated Young Adult New Releases, and was not disappointed as I loved it. However, if you don’t like feeling things when you read, then I would say this book is not for you. I’m not going to lie, there were times where I was reading this and there were tears coming to my eyes, and others where my hand was balled into a fist and I was stressed for the characters.

DISCLAIMER: THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU FEEL THINGS. If you have been following my reviews, you will know that I love reading stories with different character’s perspectives, so that was an instant selling point for me. I’m also a huge Young Adult fan, so another great selling point for me. If you don’t like Young Adult for some odd reason, you should still give this book a try because it’s a great read. As you can probably tell from the description, it’s about a school shooting, which isn’t an easy subject to approach, and yet, I thought that the author did a wonderful job. As I said before, it doesn’t have a happy ending, but it does have what one would think is a realistic ending. The fact that the whole book also takes place in a time span of 54 minutes is easy to forget, but also a wonderful aspect; those 54 minutes are very action packed and will keep you guessing and wanting to read more. This book also does a great job of having representation in it. If you are someone who looks for that, there are people of color all throughout the book and queer girl main characters.

 

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