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This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends

Book - 2016
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Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2016].
ISBN: 9781492622468
Characteristics: 285 pages ; 22 cm


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Realistic Fiction: moment by moment account of a high school shooting told through numerous viewpoints.

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Oct 07, 2020

This is Where it Ends is a really good, and intense book. It is for more mature readers, and follows a story of a school shooting. The school shooter is closely bonded to the main character of their story, and her best friend. It is such a good book, and really has a big message attached to it. The end is really heartbreaking. It is sad to see how stories like this happen in real life too. I really recommend this book, because of the wonderful storyline. It will keep you on your toes, and you might even finish it in one sitting.

Sep 23, 2020

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp feels shockingly real. This novel gives us a peek at a school shooting from four different perspectives. It sheds light on a situation that is, sadly, very real and present in our day and age, in such a touching way. The author's choice of words mixed with authentic characters made me have no choice but to feel and try to understand everything alongside them, as I read. I was left with an idea of the answer to the question I had wondered when hearing about shootings. What leads a person to kill their classmates and teachers? I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a gripping story about grief, terror, hope, and how that shocking combination affects people. 4.5/5 stars
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pacl_teens Sep 11, 2020

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is a heartbreaking and brutally honest realistic fiction novel. It’s the start of a new semester as the students crowd into the gym to get the principal’s annual welcome speech over with. Once the speech finishes the students rush to the doors to get to their classes. But there's a problem. The doors won’t open. Shots are getting fired throughout the auditorium. A student shooter has come back to get his revenge but what will happen when revenge will cost people their lives?

This book is a very fast paced-read as it almost immediately jumps into action. I think that the author did a really good job depicting something as real and horrific as a school shooting. This topic is very hard to talk about, but the way she wrote this book made it very simple for people to understand. Furthermore, I loved how this book had multiple POVs and all of them were connected to the shooter in a very different way. One thing that made me not able to give this book five stars was that it was really hard to connect to or feel sorry for the characters because there is not much character development, which is understandable since this story happens during a one-hour time frame. The ending was so well written and sad that it left me in tears. By the end of the book after you have experienced this shooting with the characters it almost feels like you are there with them for the aftermath.

In conclusion, this is an amazing realistic fiction book about a very fragile topic. I love all the themes of friendship, love, and family that play a big role in this book. If you want to read something that will make you cry or just a fast-paced thrilling read this is the book for you! -Eunchae, Grade 10

Aug 26, 2020

read this all in one day because I couldn't wait to see how it plays out!!

Mar 26, 2020

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.

Dec 21, 2019

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Dec 12, 2019

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.

JCLTiffanyR Jul 05, 2019

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.

Jun 01, 2019

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.

Apr 23, 2019

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.

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Violence: As this is a book about a school shooting, there is a significant amount of violence and gore.


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