This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp Book Talk
Title: This is Where it Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Page Count: 282
Published: January 5, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Taking place over the course of fifty-four minutes, Opportunity High School in Opportunity, Alabama face a horrifying tragedy. Following four different students attending the school that morning, the story tells their perspectives of an active school shooting. The terror, confusion, anxiety, and grief of the horrific situation is chillingly captured throughout the story.
As powerful as this book is, it is not for everyone. If you are a sensitive person and have a hard time reading about shootings in the news, this will be a tough book for you to get through. The book is targeting at teens, which makes sense since the story takes place in a high school and is centered around teenagers. However, if I had read this book while I was still a teenager, I would have had a hard time going to class in the morning.
I loved the structure of this book. Each chapter is only a few minutes long and the pages fly by, adding to the hectic nature of the situation. At the end of each chapter, there are blurbs of students’ social media posts and text messages that constantly remind you how realistic this situation is.
At the end of the book, there is an author’s note that includes a playlist for the story. “Say Something” by A Great Big World, “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift fear. The Civil Wars, and “How to Save a Life” by The Fray are all included in the playlist. If you listen to those songs and find yourself fighting the overwhelming urge to cry— that is exactly how you will feel while reading this book.
This is an important story that is impossible to accept as a reality in our world. I think this is a book that teenagers should read with an adult. Having a discussion about the actions of the students experiencing this unfathomable tragedy is important.
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