Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp | Book Review

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Reading Group: 17-year-old+ 

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary:Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's 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. 
The auditorium doors won't open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Cover: The cover of this book is dark except for the bright chalk that is being shot through.  I think it's a very powerful book cover and it definitely drew me in when I saw it on the shelf.

My Review: I enjoyed this book.  It was a quick read and definitely showed the fear that comes with a scenario as serious and scary as a school shooting.  However, there were a few things I didn't like about the book.  At the end of each chapter were little blurbs (I think they were supposed to be tweets and a blog post and text messages) and they didn't do much for the book.  In my opinion, they were pointless.  I think the point of them was to show how people outside of the school react, but CJ was live-tweeting and being annoying in my opinion and it would have been better if it was a bunch of different people instead of focusing on the few people who really weren't characters in the story.  Also, I don't know if there was something symbolic about all the sisters losing a brother, but I didn't like it.  Why did all of the girls live and none of the boys?  I wish Matt had lived because it would have been a slight plot twist in the story.  Other than those I did enjoy this novel.  It made me sad, which I think it should given what the topic is, and it was nice to have such a strong reaction to a story.  I think that's a very impressive craft for an author to have.  Even though this may not be favorite book, I certainly don't regret spending my time reading it and I would still recommend it.    

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