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
ISBN9781492622468
Author
Release DateJan 5th, 2016
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Reviews This Is Where It Ends

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    2015-11-02
    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
    2015-07-10
    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
    2016-02-24
    3.5
  • Rose
    2015-05-26
    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...
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2017-10-14
    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...
  • Emma Giordano
    2017-04-22
    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)
    2015-07-16
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/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 . . . . This Is Where It Ends was easily my most anticipated YA contained in the BuzzBooks ...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    2016-08-18
    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...
  • Debra
    2018-06-16
    Although this book is a very reverent and timely one, it fell a little flat for me. This book is told from the perspectives of four of the characters (Claire, Tomas, Sylvia, Autumn) in this book, spanning a 54-minute period after shots ring out at their school.Even though, we are shown the characters, I do not feel as if I was given enough information so that I cared for these characters, the characters all felt flat to me. Perhaps it was the way...
  • Erin Clemence
    2017-04-23
    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...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2015-09-30
    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. Ther...
  • Mary
    2015-07-21
    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 asse...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2016-11-03
    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.
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    2015-06-04
    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...
  • Melanie
    2015-07-14
    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.
  • Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
    2015-07-23
    So good. Many feels happening right now.
  • sue
    2018-05-10
    This is definitely not a book for everyone. Its a subject matter that is 'real' and will effect you emotionally due to children being shot and killed.I knew I would have to put on my big girl panties to read this, which I did, however it still it was poignant, heartbreaking and sometimes came over as cold.There were many POV to this story and each portrayed what they saw or experienced with many social media activities going on.Its just that ther...
  • Kaye
    2015-01-17
    [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 do...
  • Jen Ryland
    2015-12-19
    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 alte...
  • Stacey
    2016-11-22
    I love, love, love this cover! Every time I see it I have to pause and look at it.School shootings, unfortunately, have become all too familiar. A little piece of my heart breaks off each time I hear about another one. This is a good moment by moment account told by four narrators. The relationship between the shooter and his sister was especially good and suspenseful. Thank you Marieke Nijkamp for taking on a harrowing subject. It will resonate ...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    2015-11-30
    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...But.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...
  • Sarah
    2015-07-01
    (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 pe...
  • Jenna Major
    2016-03-24
    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...
  • ❤️ Book Diva ❤️
    2018-01-10
    Although I did find the book very good, I found that the ending ended very quickly. Without giving anything away, it was a book that was hard to put down and an exciting read where you wanted to know "What's going to happen next!"
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    2018-02-22
    I wasn't sure how I wanted to rate this book. For such a strong, emotional topic - the book was very shallow in my opinion. It lacked depth and I had a hard time connecting to the characters. With my own community suffering through a devastating school shooting it just seemed like there was so much more that could have been done in this book. Simply, put it was disappointing. In a time when this is unfortunately a very real issue - this book se...
  • Jeannette Nikolova
    2015-07-18
    *** GIVEAWAY: You have the opportunity to win "This Is Where It Ends" if you enter the giveaway in the next 8 days! To learn more, click here. *** Read on the WondrousBooks blog. 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 disappo...
  • Diane S ☔
    2015-08-26
    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 eac...
  • ambsreads
    2016-12-17
    2.5 StarsWow. 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 p...