This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

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 fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated ...

Details This Is Where It Ends

TitleThis Is Where It Ends
Release DateJan 5th, 2016
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews This Is Where It Ends

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    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...
  • Emily May
    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...
  • Regan
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    The ShortActual rating: 2.5*Trigger warning: mass shooting, specifically in a school setting, (view spoiler)[also suicide is not graphically described but still present. (hide spoiler)]For fans of: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, Exit, Pursued by Bear by E.K. Johnston, Tease by Amanda Maciel (comps for this are admittedly hard to find as not many books tackle such an intense subject matter, so I included books that also tackle import...
  • Rose
    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 ca...
  • Emma Giordano
    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 wa...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at:’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 . . . . This Is Where It Ends was easily my most anticipated YA contained in the BuzzBooks ...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    3.5 starsThis 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 struct...
  • Erin Clemence
    HOLY. COW. 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 b...