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This Is Where It Ends

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10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity 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 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Khanh (the meanie)
Nov 02, 2015 Khanh (the meanie) rated it did not like it

This book is a travesty. This book is, quite frankly, an insult to all the victims, direct and indirect, of school shootings. School shootings are a fairly new epidemic, one of the most well-known being Columbine. It is also a morbidly intriguing one; the psychology of the people that committed said acts are deeply complex, and not to be taken lightly in exploration.

And yet that's what this foolish, belittling, dare I say, stupid little book does. It boils down the intricate psychology behind sa
Emily May
Jul 10, 2015 Emily May rated it did not like it
We're not just fighting for survival - we're fighting for hope and a thousand tomorrows.

I am so disappointed. So so disappointed. This Is Where It Ends promises a look at a frightening and very real problem in the U.S. - school shootings - written by a We Need Diverse Books member. It should have been amazing. It could have been amazing if it wasn't dampened by cheap, sensational writing and a black and white sense of victims and villains.

School shootings are horrific things that open up so ma
Feb 24, 2016 Regan rated it really liked it
Initial reaction: I think my reaction to this book can be best summed up in something that I said in the context of the discussion I had with a few of my readerly friends:

"I think this might be a classic case of an author who tries to write a story that's bigger than their ability to tell and trying to incorporate too much without any rhyme or reason to it."

But I will say this very clearly:

This is NOT a fair portrait of a tragedy befalling its cast.

This is NOT a good psychological portrayal of t
Emma Giordano
Apr 22, 2017 Emma Giordano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really hard one to review because on one hand, I think it is a fantastically written book that deserves all the praise, but on the other, it wasn't really for me and I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. So I'm settling in the middle with a good 4 star rating (5 for overall great writing, 3 for my personal reading experience) and hopefully I won't fail at explaining why I appreciate the genius of this book, but why it also wasn't that enjoyable for me.

Unfortunately, I believ
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

Here’s another book I read nearly a month ago and never reviewed. This time it wasn’t because I’m lazy even though I am, it’s because I feel bad giving this one a negative review. But a negative review is what I must give when I read a book about a “Columbine” type school shooting and . . . .

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This Is Where It Ends was easily my most anticipated YA contained in the BuzzBooks sneak preview. I requested it immediately and was thrilled to
Jan 16, 2015 Marieke added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
TIWIE has a lot of things I'm very excited about, like queer girl main characters. And PoC main characters. And tragedy. And courage. And hope. And at least one wholly unintended Les Misérables reference.

I'll share more information when I can, but feel free to ask me any questions. And thank you for sharing my excitement! <3
Whitney Atkinson
Aug 18, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, lgbtq
3.5 stars

This book is simply unforgetable. It's the first book I've read about a school shooting, and it was just as horrifying and jarring as you would expect. I'm very glad i'm not in high school anymore, because for the rest of my life I'm going to be a little bit startled walking into an auditorium. Sadly, I think this book's only selling point is the subject matter, however. It was gripping and tragic, but the characters, writing, and structure didn't support that very well. I liked how div
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

It took me awhile to decide how to rate this book. I didn't connect with all of the characters but I still enjoyed the story. Although, in this case, I'm not sure enjoy is the right word.

The story is told through several different POV. They were friends, brothers and sisters all living in Opportunity, AL going to Opportunity High School. And they all had one very, very bad day!

The story starts out with the shooter almost right off the bat. There are a few little things going on with the POV's
Erin Clemence
Apr 23, 2017 Erin Clemence rated it it was amazing
I am at a loss for words with this novel. It literally took me three hours to read, because it was so gripping and suspenseful, I did not want to stop reading it, not even once.
(Before you ask- how can you possibly read novels on school shootings? Don’t you work in a high school? People who read about murders and murderers know there is danger in the world- it is your opinion if you want to be prepared for it and understand it (as best you can) or if you want to be surprised by it an
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
This is going to be a controversial book.

A teenager with a gun, shoots up a school filled with students.

A terrorist.

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

I was initially skeptical of the premise of This Is Where It Ends, books with multiple POVs usually doesn’t work well for me. Like I always say incorporating a handful of POVs is tricky. The author is juggling t
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
So good. Many feels happening right now.
Disappointment after disappointment, it seems these days. An incredibly unfair, black and white portrayal of a school shooting. Had so much potential *sighs*

Full review to come.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF about 1/3 of the way through.

This book is just..... shallow. Superficial. Not once did I connect to a single character. They all felt like caricatures of real people instead of relatable.

I can see what the author was trying to do with the subject and having a more diverse character base, but it just didn't work.
Jul 21, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
I'm numb.
I can’t even begin to describe the whirlwind that is in my head and heart after finishing this book. A complete and utter silence descended upon me the second I finished it. I was numb. I was speechless. I was heartbroken. I was angry. I was relieved that I was never forced to live a tragedy like the one described in this book.

It’s the start of a new semester at Opportunity High School in Alabama, and the entire student body is assembled in the auditorium, to listen to the start-of-sem
[This review is not final. Quotes removed for reposting here, but you can find them in my blog post.]

My knee-jerk, first things first thought on closing This Is Where It Ends could be summed up in three words.

"I'm not okay."

And that, I think, is okay. Because this is a book that ends on a note that you should absolutely, 100% not be okay with.

This Is Where It Ends is deeply, darkly visceral and gripping. It takes you by the throat and tugs you downward into emotional compromise and utter panic.
Dec 19, 2015 Jen added it
I read dark-themed realistic fiction for the emotional punch it packs, and in that regard this book fell short for me. My biggest problems with the book were narrative choices that prevented me from getting to know and care about the book's characters/potential victims.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not generally a fan of more than two first person POVs and I struggled to keep all the characters straight. There were four different alternating first person narrators. All of these chara
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“If you cooperate, some of you might go home today. All you have to do is listen carefully to what I’m saying. No screaming, no running, no phones, and certainly no attempting to disarm me. Today, you’ll all listen.”

This book was pretty shocking, mainly because this sort of thing happens in real life to real people.

I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of the chara
Jenna Major
Mar 24, 2016 Jenna Major rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
5/5 STARS!!!

What it is about!
This book is a take on real-life school shootings. It follows different point of views of students, an alumni, texts and even twitter while it moves through the short period it takes to have such a traumatic event. This book is gut wrenching and raw and I doubt you will finish reading it without a few tears.

My Review:
This book is a very fast-read because you just cannot put it down. You need to know what happens next and who survives. It is a light read and can lack
Diane S ☔
Aug 26, 2015 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
So many school shootings, one after another, so this book is a timely one. I cared very much about these high school kids, wanted to get an understanding and wondered how the author would portray the shooter and the motivations of said perpetrator. For the most part I thought she did this very well. Narrated by four different students, inside and outside the school, aided by twitter feeds and flashbacks, we get a varied perspective as well as each of their stories. A bit overly dramatic but who ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Jul 18, 2015 Jeannette Nikolova rated it it was ok
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I'm really sad to write this review. Out of all of the books that I've ever requested on NetGalley, Everything, Everything and This Is Where It Ends were the two I was most hopeful about. I was honestly so excited to receive this book and I went through quite the disappointment reading it.

The theme of the book, although
Amber Robertson
2.5 Stars

Wow. I can't even formulate how I feel about this. I'm distressed. I'm disturbed. I'm also crying. I haven't cried while reading a book in a while, but here I am. A full review for this bio is impossible to write due to the fact it would be completely spoiler filled.

This book, however, is a journey that has you in the edge of your seat and praying for all the characters involved. There are some missing elements to it, but for the most part it's an amazing book and I highly recommend it
Ecmel Soylu
Jul 02, 2015 Ecmel Soylu rated it did not like it
Düşünün ki biri sizi okuldaki bütün öğrencilerle beraber okulun açılış konuşmasını dinlemek için toplandığınız konferans salonuna kitliyor ve katliam yapmaya başlıyor.
Bu biri Autumn'un erkek kardeşi Tyler. Okulu bırakmış, zor günler geçirmiş falan da filan. Autumn'un Sylvia adında bir kız arkadaşı(en yakın arkadaşı aynı zamanda), Sylvia'nın Tomas adında bir abisi ve Tomas'ın da Fareed adında bir arkadaşı var. Ana karakterler bunlar. -Konuya hiçbir katkı sağlamayan, amaçsızca takılan Claire ve C
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Not my cup of tea.

I had really been looking forward to this one. There was so much hype, I was seeing it everywhere, I'd heard good things...


I knew it wasn't looking so good when I was ready to DNF by the second chapter. Up until then it was just dull and confusing. But then it picked up a little, started to get more interesting... And quickly trailed back to just dull and confusing.

I found the characters to be pretty one-dimensional. I couldn't even tell them apart, never mind conn
Aug 09, 2015 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes up her speech welcoming the students to the new year. But when the principal dismisses the students to class they find that the doors are locked and then the shooting begins.

This is Where it Ends tells the tale of the horror of a school shooting from four different points of view during the horrific events that take place over the course of the next fifty four minutes.

Living in the U.S. this type of event happening is becoming far to
Jul 16, 2015 AH rated it really liked it
Warning: This is not an easy book to read. It's dark, it's traumatic, it's shocking. It's every parent's nightmare scenario. It is frightening. It will make you cry.

I knew what I was getting into when I picked up This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. After all, just a quick peek at the synopsis tells you everything you need to know. If you are squeamish, it's best that you skip this book.

The book is written in multiple points of view. There are many characters and at times I had to write d
Oct 07, 2016 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb hier geen woorden voor. Of misschien toch. In het begin ging het nog wel, maar vooral de laatste 100 bladzijden hebben me helemaal kapotgemaakt, tot tranen en snikken toe. Het is zo intens, zo echt, zo verschrikkelijk, maar ook zo goed geschreven en met zo'n krachtige boodschap: hoop, moed, liefde... ik heb nog even tijd nodig om het te verwerken. Wat een fenomenaal boek. Uitgebreidere recensie:
Beth (Ducky)
Thank you Netgalley for letting me read this for an honest review!!

This book is filled with tragedy and still, went I finished reading it, I was filled with hope. I was crying but I was smiling. I felt a hollow part in my heart that this book just ripped out of me, but I also knew that this is one of the best books I've ever read.

Just last month I read Columbine and that book was amazing as well. It focused a lot on the victims and survivors but also a lot on the shooters. But this book, it was
“Do you know the light we see really means we’re looking back in history?”

Okay, so this book. This Is Where It Ends is a book about a school shooting, it's narrated by four characters ( Claire, Autumn, Sylv, and Tomás) everyone is telling his/her side of the story so that it feels like you're everywhere around this incident.

First of all, I don't know how the author could write something like that, it was so painful to read, let alone write and invest time in!
So I like it, but I had some problems
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Are the contents of this book important? Yeah.

Was it executed in a way that, for me, showcased this importance? Errrrrguhhhhhmmm...can't say.
-- Full review pending.

Edited Jan 8, 2016:

[See the full review at thoughts and afterthoughts.]

Rating: 1.5/5
Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:
– A timely novel giving life to social circles shared by school shooters. However, the shooter isn’t given a voice
– Multi POV narrative; uses twitter, blog posts, flashblacks
– Set in Alabama and raises
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