Friday, December 18, 2015

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

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.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from the perspective of four teens—each with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.
Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and is an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands. Visit her at

My thoughts-

I was a Junior in high school the year that the Columbine massacre took place. I know there were many mass school shootings before that, but we were the first generation to have 24/7 access to what was happening in the world and I think because of that, these shootings have been occurring more often in the years since Columbine. I think This Is Where it Ends did a wonderful job of portraying what it might be like, what it would feel like, for the teens in the novel that are in the situation. It helps us understand not only their fear, but each student's perspective offers more insight into the perpetrator's life and the time leading up to the event.  It was not an easy read at all, but it was well done nonetheless. I couldn't put it down and read it in just a couple of days. I would recommend This Is Where It Ends to anyone who likes fast paced books and who don't mind heavy subject matter.

This Is Where It Ends will be available January 5, 2016. You can pre-order your copy on

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