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Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

27/04/2017

On one of my previous posts for this blog, I listed 4 books that were on the top of my TBR list and recently I read one of them that I had been wanting to read for months. I read This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and I couldn’t wait to write about it.

This Is Where It Ends is about a school shooting and is told from four different points of view, as well as various social media postings and blog posts. The shooting is initiated by former student Tyler Browne and the characters behind the four main points of view are all connected somehow to the shooter which makes the story that much more interesting. Each point of view gives a different perspective on the shooting to make sure the reader gets all details of the story.

I was intrigued by This Is Where It Ends. The different perspectives and the dark story made me want to read it a lot and I was not disappointed. I found this story intense and I couldn’t put it down because I simply had to know what happened, considering the story takes place in under an hour. This novel was also a lot darker than I anticipated, but I guess I should’ve expected that. There was a lot of diversity in the story with characters from different cultures playing important roles throughout the story. I also got attached to the characters because they were likable and each character had a certain trait that was appealing and made me love them. Getting attached to characters in a book about a tragic event is not a good idea.

I would recommend This Is Where It Ends to older teens who are able to handle dark events and who like thrillers and intense stories. I would personally give this book ⅘ stars. The book kept me reading but it was just a bit too dark for my taste. Anyone who reads this book will have to set aside a whole day to read it because it’s impossible to put down. If readers of this book want another book similar to this, I would highly recommend the book Violent Ends, which I read before I was able to read this book and I enjoyed it as well.

 

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