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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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.

Sgordano 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.

Apr 06, 2019

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.

Sep 18, 2018

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.

Jun 23, 2018

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.
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.

Mar 24, 2018

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.

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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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