Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Posted June 22, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 285
Source: Library
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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 revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

This Is Where It Ends kinda took my breath away, and not in a good way. I mean, this book is good. Like, it’s really beautiful and amazing, and it just opened up my eyes to the things that went on around the world. It’s just that I was sobbing, pretty badly and I couldn’t breath and I just wanted to jump into this book and saved everyone.

Maybe I was super naive, but I was hoping nobody died.

But who was I kidding? This Is Where It Ends is a book about school shooting, within a time span of fifty-four minutes. And you’re prolly like But that’s really short. No it’s not. It’s not short. It was pretty much the most horrifying fifty-four minutes of anyone’s life.

Told from four different perspectives, this book actually showed us the thoughts of each and every one of the students. And not all these kids were in the hall when the shooting happened, no. If I’m not wrong, two of the four students were actually OUTSIDE the hall, and it made it all the more scarier because they have people that they love about on the inside. And these four students, well they’re connected one way or another.

“You can’t always keep your loved ones with you. You can’t always settle your life in one place. The world was made to change. But as long as you cherish the memories and make new ones along the way, no matter where you are, you’ll always be at home.”

This book was raw and dark and gritty, and it resonated so deeply with me. I’ve seen mixed reviews about this book, and one of those negative reviews was that this book kinda belittles the real school shooting, but honestly? To me, it didn’t. It actually gave us an insight to what happens during that moment. I mean, we weren’t there. We don’t feel the fear, the need to survive, the hopelessness. I actually applaud Marieke Nijkamp for giving this book life. This is a fiction book, trying to help us understand what goes on in the real world and you have to give the author credit for trying. I actually read this book at a time when shootings were happening – Christina Grimmie’s death, the shooting at the gay club. I mean, this book really hit me in the feels.

I actually relate to the characters in the book, especially those who weren’t in the hall. I may not know what it feels like to face an actual gun, but I do know the fear of losing someone I love. It’s scary and heartbreaking.

The emotions in this book was really high, and I was bawling my eyes out for everyone in this book. This Is Where It Ends made me question a whole lot of things. You’re just there like what was the trigger? What pushed someone over the edge such that they are willing to kill hundreds of innocent lives? And I think that’s what made it real. Like, what do we blame? Do we blame the whole messed up family? Do we blame the society for not treating him well? Who do we blame? And that’s what the world needs to decide.

“I never realized that courage was so terrifying.”

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