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I love this book. It's meaningful and so powerful. So chilling and groundbreaking. I don't understand why people find it boring and meaningless. We are able to see what goes through Tyler’s head, and this should help people realize that we need to be able to empathize with others better and know what they are going through. If we are able to help someone out and know the struggles they are going through, we might have the chance to stop a shooting in advance. The book questions if school shootings can be stopped in advance and explored different reasons as to why someone could result to killing. If we are able to empathize with others and care about others on a stronger, more personal level - and if we treat others kindly (Because people not treating Tyler well was one factor that led to him shooting up the school), we have the power to stop a potential future school shooting. This book should be read at school by everyone, considering how relevant it is nowadays, and it can really inspire people to take a stand outside of their everyday lives. People in school really need to know about the threat school shooting cause and we need to be serious about it. We need to act now, because you can never tell by looking at someone if they are planning to shoot up the school, and you can never tell when a school shooting may happen. A book similar to this one is The Way It Used To Be.
Lots of mixed reviews. I definitely disagree with the comment on the back cover that "this is a book everyone should read." Well written on the whole, but what is the point of a fiction book on such a topic?
I'm with those that struggled a bit at first to keep the characters straight because not only do you have the character "speaking" at the time, but they all talk about other characters and it's hard to keep siblings straight versus friends, etc.
I agree with the comment that it might have been helpful to get the perspective from the shooter as well. And maybe one of the teachers.
On the whole, I couldn't figure out the purpose of this book. To give insight to what it must feel like for those going through this kind of hell? I didn't find the book terribly helpful, aside from encouraging people to befriend the friendless and stop bullying.
Good writing, but definitely a one and done read for me.
This Is Where It Ends is about a school shooting that unfolds over the course of a few hours. I found the beginning of the novel rather slow and the number of characters narrating the story made for some confusion until I finally got all the main characters and their relationships to each other sorted. That said, I'm glad I kept reading as the novel does hit its stride and is actually a powerful look at the repercussions of violence in today's society, both at home and at school.
There were so many characters that I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. Despite the varying perspectives, each character had a similar enough voice that I found myself flipping back and forth because I couldn't remember who the narrator was. The deaths that were supposed to be dramatic and heartbreaking fell flat and didn't sting the way the author intended.
I have seen a fair amount of people saying they found this unrealistic in this day and age. I don't. I went to school in the age of Columbine. It occurred just prior to my starting middle school, and heralded in the age of the fake bomb threat. It happened so frequently that complacency just became the standard; after five or six times in a semester people just stop believing it's real until an actual shooting happens again. I distinctly remember a time when my middle school principal got taken to task after he only evacuated the building for five minutes after a threat. Unfortunately, it would be hard for a small town to really feel that something was genuinely wrong, and the way it's presented in this book the administration couldn't do a darn thing anyway.
That being said, it's harder to suspend belief about the fact the everyone in that auditorium has a phone on hand. One or two people saying it, oh hahaha not funny. But you'd be getting a hundred plus reports for this. Even in a small town, law enforcement would be getting there faster; certainly faster than some track stars running down the road to get them.
Nonetheless, I think this narrative felt genuine enough. I found the tweeting interstitial pieces somewhat distracting and hard to track, but I do hate twitter so very much. The individual narratives I actually found to be an interesting perspective. I don't think they lacked development; instead, if you really put yourself in the first person emotionally they said a lot about how that person was experiencing that situation. Nonetheless, the overall story lacked a certain amount of development that perhaps some more backstory could have contributed to.
This book is a brutal look at the reality of consequences of actions and reactions. The hardships of life weigh more heavily on some people than others. Sometimes it seems as if everything you know and love is slipping away, and you can’t do anything about it. High school is one of those times.
The writing is phenomenal and the characters are so real. The tragedy and fear are palpable, and the stories told within are heartbreaking in their realism. The author certainly knows how to tug at the heartstrings, and this book was so worth reading.
This book is not for the faint of heart. I would not recommend it for younger people. But if you think you’re ready for the horrors within, definitely pick up this masterpiece.
Wow, just, wow! A well-written book on a very difficult subject. I laughed, cried, was sad, was happy, so many emotions. I felt for the characters as they faced the challenge of trying to deal with the situation. "No, I'm not" is what Chris said toward the end of the book when Chris and Claire have a conversation about being okay although neither could say the word okay. It is okay to not with the situation they were just dealt. Many of the students were not but they came together. Ms. Nijkamp tackled a tough subject and did it well. One part that left me reeling was when the kids were slowly trickling out of the school. Claire's thought - "A current passes through the crowd with the news of each survivor. Relief and sorrow follow each other rapidly, because with the names of those who live comes the void of those who have not Death brings life; life brings death. There are no words in that fleeting moment between hope and the knowledge. There is no way to express how a heart can burst and break at the same time, how the sun can cut through the darkness but will cast shadows everywhere." So many feels right now.
I only gave it as high of a score as I did because I appreciated the fact that the author included an LGBTQ+ couple (tbh this was the best part of the book for me). Otherwise this book was just kind of. . . meh. I personally do not like books that change perspective (I know the author just wanted to show multiple povs and how the different characters experienced it) and for me this just made it a more difficult read.
I feel like what the author was trying to portray was good, but especially when addressing such a serious and relevant topic it’s hard to get things across in a respectful and realistic way. The plot itself I feel like is okay, I just feel like it could have been executed much better.
Also, I feel like the book almost?? romanticized?? school shootings?? As a high school student I just felt like the author did not really address this very serious issue in the best way possible?? It was almost like the author was trying to justify??? the incident?? Like, I get it, the shooter has a sob story, but it just felt like something was off? Like ya the shooter is a person and has his own reasons for doing what he’s doing, but it almost felt like the author expected to sympathize with the shooter? (like when someone says a shooting can be prevented if bullying stops... like no... just get rid of guns bby). I just felt like the story didn’t really address the real issue about teens having access to guns and gun control? Maybe it’s just me but my belief is that in general shooters are kind of glorified, and that by giving a face and a name it kind of gives other violent/like-minded people someone to look up to/imitate. This book kind of reinforced that idea for me. Idk, I just think that the author could have illustrated her point in a much better way.
I’m going to be completely honest and say that I didn’t even read the whole thing. I got maybe 40 pages in when I realized that it would be too painful to force myself to read the whole thing, and that frankly, it wasn’t worth it. I skimmed the rest of the book to see what would happen and to read the action and ending. If I get desperate I’ll try to force myself through it, but maybe another time lol.
The writing itself was okay. The plot relied to heavily on teenage romance though, and the characters had virtually no personalities (the little information about the characters personalities came solely from what we knew about their relationships with others). We were given a lot of useless facts that had nothing to do with the actual story. The action was exciting though, and possibly the one redeemable quality about this book. I will admit that it was a sad book (the ending is a bit of a tear-jerker). But, overall it was mediocre.
I’m sure if you are able to read books with multiple povs, and you are willing to sit through the slower bits then this is a decent read, it just wasnt for me. The story is important, just executed poorly. It was especially dissapointing because I came in with high expectations.
I do respect the author for her attempt at addressing such a serious matter, and I definitely respect her for including some queer characters. Overall though, I found this book to be mediocre at best, and I just wasn’t able to get into it.
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Overall a great thriller. I usually love overprotective older sibling protecting the younger brother or sister. I don't know if is wrong of me to say Tyler was a great person for protecting his sister. I just feel like the pressure got too much, he might already be more at risk of mental illness, he just cracked. I felt very sad to say this book is every inch believeable. The ending just made me blood run cold. I really wish we get a perspective from Tyler. He would make a great unreliable narrater, and generally I just want to know more about him.
So vividly written, I could feel the book! The devastation portrayed seemed even more real after the recent Florida shooting.
This book did a disservice to the incredibly devastating reality of our schoolchildren today.
I loved this book a lot. I loved that it was a topic that almost everyone is talking about after the Florida shooting. I loved how effortlessly the plot unraveled. I think all teenagers should read this book and anyone who works in a school. This book helps rais awareness and talks about school shootings and all of the warning signs people missed or thought nothing of. I really hope you read this book and enjoy it.
This was a difficult book to read. Strongly recommend it for anyone working in education.
I understand what the author was going for, but I feel that the tone was rather inappropriate. The sensitive topic of school shootings and gun violence was not handled well, it was too sensational, an attention grabber to pick the book up in the first place. There are other heavy handed topics that are brought up later with the intent of merely keeping the readers attention and not discussing them.
The characters felt like oatmeal, none of them were too interesting. There were many details of this story that added nothing to the plot or interest of the reader. Towards the end of the book what little character development there was- was totally nullified by the conclusion of the story. I read it in one sitting, a great book for a rainy day but overall I would give this a 2/10 for concept, and maybe a 4/10 for the book overall.
Exciting but not for the faint of heart. While interesting, this book sensationalizes gun violence in a school setting.
Once I started I couldn't put the book down. Easy read, that makes you want to read it all in one sitting
On a scale of a boring, repetitive school speech to literally feeling the bullet pierce your heart, this book was definitely killer. It is an intense, thrilling, and tragic story about a teenage shooter who locks his high school student body in the school auditorium and vengefully begins shooting them off. It is written in four different perspectives, each one of a different high school student who has known the shooter personally. However, each perspective is pretty well integrated with the other perspectives and gives an interesting insight on the shooter in the different ways that they were connected to him. Overall, this book is a pretty easy read and flowed pretty well, but it also made me think hard about what the author was trying to convey and how humanity was portrayed in this book. It made me cry, especially towards the end, but I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to read something with an interesting twist on the portrayal of a school shooting and the internal conflicts that each high school student struggles with.
A heart wrenching, unforgettable story of bravery, love, and hope in the face of a terrible, unthinkable tragedy. A tribute to the loss of those at Columbine, Newtown, and others is delivered in this straightforward novel that will have your heart ripped out and your mind wondering why these devastating events still occur. This cover is so artfully done and representative of this novel. It captures and holds your attention. Another plus with this novel is the diversity of the students and is perfect for #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
Note: This book is exceedingly well-written for the subject and while true to account is not described as graphically, and suitable for some mature younger readers.
Just saying.... if you don't like sad books, or depressing books, Do NOT read this book. I ended the book crying and btw the ending is not happy. Very weirdly written...overall i wouldn't give it 5 stars
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Niijkamp Marieke
I would give it five stars, but I only give five to books I will read again, and I think this story is too sad for me to read again. The story was extremely well written, told from several perspectives, and the character's histories were filled in alternately with the main story. I found that Tomas' actions near the end disturbed and or haunted me,, either because it seemed too unreal or too stupid, maybe both, not sure. I felt very much on the edge of my seat, and eager to see what would happen next all the way thru.
I didn’t think there was anything redeemable about this book. The author was going for something profound, but it just didn’t work for me. The characters were all one-dimensional, defined mostly by who they were dating or had dated. There were four different narrators, but it was hard to even tell them apart sometimes because they didn’t have any defining traits. There were a lot of details that were supposed to be meaningful but came across as random and out of place: the town’s name is Opportunity, dying students dream of snow in Alabama, the shooter’s mother was a famous ballerina. Those details added nothing to the book. The thing that bothered me the most was how this book took a very serious topic, and made it all about teen romance.
I loved this teen book. Very well written with 4 main characters whose lives interwine. First day of the new semester and assembly is ending in the Opportunity High School auditorium. During the next hour, everyones' lives will be changed forever. Page turner that will have you hooked to the very end.
This book is amazing, devastating, and incredible. I found myself so emotionally invested that I had to put the book down and walk away for a day because I felt like I was there, going through this school shooting. Highly, highly recommend.
Kept me hooked in throughout the story. There were many moments that seemed unrealistic, but those stories within the stories kept me engaged in the characters. I loved how the author gives the reader little insiders into the characters relationships. I really built emotional relationships with each character, which made me motivated to continue reading.