This Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

byMarieke Nijkamp

Picture Books | January 7, 2016

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This #1 New York Times Bestseller chronicles the 54 harrowing minutes of a school shooting and follows four students who must confront their greatest hopes, and darkest fears, as they come face-to-face with 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. 10:03The auditorium doors won't open. 10:05Someone starts shooting. A Buzzfeed Best YA BookA Most-Anticipated YA NovelA Goodreads YA Best Books PickA Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction Kids Indie Next List PickMarieke Nijkamp's brutal, powerful fictional account of a school shooting is important in its timeliness.""A gritty, emotional, and suspenseful read and although fictionalized, it reflects on a problematic and harrowing issue across the nation." -Buzzfeed"A compelling, brutal story of an unfortunately all-too familiar situation: a school shooting. Nijkamp portrays the events thoughtfully, recounting fifty-four intense minutes of bravery, love, and loss." -BookRiot"
MARIEKE NIJKAMP is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where it Ends and Before I Let Go. She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, has served as an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, and is the founder of DiversifYA. She lives in the Neth...
Title:This Is Where It EndsFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.03 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.03 inPublished:January 7, 2016Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:149262246X

ISBN - 13:9781492622468

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I really enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put it down and got so into I could hear the gun shots and would jump when it came up. I cried at the end for all that was lost and think it is a must read. its a hard topic to swallow but I think it shines a light on this dark topic that people are scared to talk about. It can make you see and think about what people fully go through in that moments, that you believe would never happen to you. not saying they will but you know.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! I purchased this book about a year ago and I couldn't tell you how many times I've read it since. Incredibly powerful story in a world full of hate and gun violence. Moved me to tears every time I read it. A must-read!!!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Umm... I didn't finish this book. I found it to be kind of slow and I wasn't really invested in the story. I thought it would be an interesting read, especially as it is about such an intense topic, but I just couldn't seem to get into it.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting and Thrilling! I saw this book and thought it would interest me, I don't think I have been any more right about anything! It was full of shocks and suspense, I could not put it down. Highly recommend
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super suspensful An amazing book! I couldn't tell what would happen next, and I a character would die. Each characters tie with the shoot was super detailed and interesting.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book so much! This book made me think about what I would do in a school shooting. Makes you really think about the people around you and what you are capable of. It's an emotional book but I would totally give it a try if I were you. It's one of my favorites, that's for sure. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great such a great book, very emotional, i had high expectations for it and it definitely lived up to my expectations!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book This is such an emotional story; following these characters as they experience something so harrowing. Nijkamp does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favs I bought this about a month ago and finished it within a few hours! It is definitely a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I just kept wanting to read more and more to see the next character's POV. The way this book was written really makes you feel as if you were in the book as well.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps you on the edge of your seat! This book is so frightening (like my heart could not stop racing as it switched from one character's POV to another), so well written that you feel like you're there. Highly recommended for teenagers who love suspenseful books with lots of cliffhangers and unexpected turns!!
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! I recently bought this book and I was excited to read it. It was very good. I read it in about 5 hours and I could not put it down. It was very well written and every POV left you hanging. There is a very real feeling through the book and a strong message. would recomend!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real Page Turner!1 I recently bought this book and I was excited to read it. It was very good. I read it in 6 hours I could not put it down. I stayed up all night reading it. It is a book where you get into each moment but then they leave you at a cliffhanger and then move to a different perspective. I really liked this book and I highly recommend this book to all teenager from the age of 13-16.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shocking. Keeps you reading on and on. You don't want to put it down. Compelling and shocking but sad nonetheless on all characters accounts. I couldn't stop reading it as much as it shocked and scared me it was interesting to read the story from different perspectives and see how they all tie in together. Definitely recommend to anyone who loves a suspenseful, edge of your seat, story!
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. This book was written so incredibly well. However, it could potentially be a trigger. There is lots of death in this book. The message is extremely important and clear. It does not have a happy ending. Strong message though.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Super boring! I didn't like it, not interesting enough. Was a drag to read.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow and confusing The character development does not fit in with the story in a coherent way and leaves the reader deeply confused. This book seemed interesting and had promise, but ended up leaving me very disappointed
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp This book is a travesty. This book is, quite frankly, an insult to all the victims, direct and indirect, of school shootings. School shootings are a fairly new epidemic, one of the most well-known being Columbine. It is also a morbidly intriguing one; the psychology of the people that committed said acts are deeply complex, and not to be taken lightly in exploration.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I really loved this book. Very tense and suspenseful and kept me interested. Couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from woah School shootings is a very sensitive topic for our current day society. This book just ignored all the societal normals and went ahead to tell the readers a story about school shootings. It is a rally interesting read, for personally I could not put it down. It is really powerful, as it is written from so many perspectives of the characters that make you feel all the emotions: the loneliness and rage of the shooter, the sadness and hollowness of those left behind and the fear that the students have experienced as they experienced the shooting. Very well done.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was...something. 3.75 Stars I loved the idea for the story, but the idea wasn't presented in a manner that would truly hit a cord. In the ending, I didn't know what to feel but not for a good reason. The ending was where the author could've really nailed this story in-showed us a side of Tyler, of every other character that we had yet to see in a quick sequence of pain and horror that presented us with raw humanity and pain that taints these kinds of events for history and for the world, but she didn't. The novel was interesting and hard-hitting and had me on the edge of my seat, every moment I listened to the audiobook, I felt myself questioning humanity, questioning our values, and it made sense for many of the characters to act the way they did but the problem I have with this book, the only problem, is the ending. I find it hard to believe that a character who lost her brother to a shooter would still hold hands, or kiss that shooter's sister. I understand that Autumn showed courage, and love for Sylvia when she stood in front of Tyler and tried to get him to focus on her whilst people escaped the Auditorium, but, it's sort of impossible for me to believe that she would still be willing to date Autumn considering her brother, Tyler, shot and killed Sylvia's brother. Another thing I can't wrap my head around is the lack of emotion there was in the last few pages other than the part where Sylvia sends a lantern up for Tomas (or Thomas??). I don't get how people wouldn't scream or cry, how Sylvia didn't do so after she saw her brother. As a sister myself, I can't imagine seeing my brother die and not scream like hell or not hate the person whose related to my brother's shooter. And, Claire? How did she not absolutely lose her mind when it was confirmed that she lost her brother, too? When I cried at the end, it wasn't because I saw another sister hurting over her own loss but because I didn't and because these two sisters' brothers deserved someone's genuine tears. I did like the concept, and the fact that it dealt with such an important topic which is far too avoided but, unfortunately, the part where it mattered the most, the ending, the author messed it up, it was a hit or miss situation (no pun intended) and she missed. The main character's were all far too numb to their own loses for me to love this book as much as I thought I would. And what about Autumn? How can she find it within herself to look at Sylvia, let alone kiss her, after all her own brother did to Sylvia's? I feel like there could've been more to the ending than was published, I feel like something's missing, and if that something missing could be fixed, I wouldn't mind rereading it and writing a review that gives the beginning of this book the stars it deserved. Were it not for the characters and how they acted in the ending, I feel I could've given this book a good 5 star rating, or at least 4.5. I do recommend reading this book, regardless of the ending, because it was absolutely horrifying and spine-chilling for the most part.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED EVERY SECOND~ This book was GREAT! I had a hard time putting it down. It was a great story!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotionally Heartwrenching We have had lots of tragedy this year and throughout the years. We have witnessed school shootings and just regular shootings. This book takes a hard look at what it feels like to be in a situation where someone has a gun. It shows how terrifying and scary it is to be put into that situation. I loved this book and I cried a bit at it as well. I don't cry that much when it comes to books.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vivid and Raw This is a raw story told from multiple perspectives during a school shooting. Thoughts race and minutes go by as the characters try to understand what's going on and get out safely. The writing is basic and to the point, but that adds to to raw aspect of the book. It is a different format. A novel, but not a novel. The author chose to write this way for a reason and it worked.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Idea This book had a lot of potential. Unfortunately the author didn't give enough information about the characters and I found myself confused at times.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Missed the mark This book had potential, but I needed more context into everyone's life before splitting up the narrative from the 4 perspectives. I liked the minute-by-minute coverage of the event but without enough details into who everyone was, I was still confused by the end. I wanted it to be longer, to have really dug into the core of the character's beliefs instead of getting four somewhat stereotypical character cut-outs and trying to keep track of the relationships as the plot progressed. I felt the horror and the terror but was so distracted but the confusing character narratives that I missed the majority of the emotional ties. If one of the narratives had been from the shooter's perspective I think the quality of this book would have improved substantially and would have provoked discussion into the triggers and causes behind school shootings. This book merely scratched the surface of the issue for me, if the author had been more involved in the actual details of school shootings in the U.S, I think I would have felt much mores strongly about this text. It was a flop for me, had real potential but the author didn't come near conveying the topic well enough for my liking.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking YA read surrounding a school shooting Nijkamp took a great risk in writing this novel, as school shootings are extremely sensitive topics. I enjoyed how she wrote several different viewpoints from various students who experienced the tragedy in separate ways. She also included social media excerpts to modernize her novel and connect with today’s generation. The book included several different profiles regarding the shooter, from fellow students that loved him to fellow students that despised him/were scared of him. Nijkamp also showed ample insight into the shooter’s home life, and provided multiple reasons why he may have chosen to act the way that he did (the loss of his mother, parental abuse/alcoholism and bullying in a small town community). This novel is not for the light-hearted, as there is vivid death and pain depicted. Similar Novels: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and Hate List by Jennifer Brown.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good yet heartbreaking YA read. *I received copies of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions.* I was super excited about this title going into it. I think YA needs to look at the more difficult parts of being a teenager and school shootings have definitely become a serious concern for teens. I did enjoy this book overall but I was let down a little as well. I found I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I did find myself concerned and anxious about what the outcome would be but it was more an overall sadness, for the school and the community, rather than the specific characters it was focused on. This book was still incredible but I will warn, it's not for the faint of heart.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life I'm still kind of at a lost of words when it comes to this book. And this will not be a review filled with many words. With guns and school shootings taking up a lot of news time recently, This is Where it Ends really hits home. I expected a powerful and heart wrenching read and that's exactly what I got. The four different POV's offered four very terrifying and haunting versions to what was happening in the school. I didn't expect to appreciate getting so many POV's, especially when two of them were from outside where everything was happening. But because all four kids had different connections and relationships to the shooter it made the book a little more harder to digest. Their range of emotions took me straight through the pages. And I was most definitely scared for the lives of everyone in that school. And yes, I did find the change through the POV's flowed really well and that all four were important to understanding, Tyler's(the shooters) story. This is Where it Ends is told in present tense over a very short period of time. It felt like I was in the school for this very terrifying hour. I couldn't have stopped reading even if I had to. That being said, as much as I knew the flashbacks we experience through the characters are important to the story, it could take me out of the moment and shift my emotions a bit too much. Nijkamp brought a lot of diversity into the story. Which could have so easily been forgotten about with such a prominent topic as a school shooting being the focus. For me that help keep the book more realistic. There were bits and characters that were a wee bit over dramatized. Tyler being one of them. Although I still found the story compelling, and don't think I wasn't crying for half the book. That ounce of too much drama pulls back from what the story is trying to get across. Like the heroes that arise in the midst of a horrific situation. A few moments(deaths) came across as too much shock. Still in the end This is Where it Ends is haunting and so so sad.
Date published: 2016-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Heartbreaking Reality Without a doubt This is Where It Ends is a heartrending and gut-wrenching story. I knew what I would be reading about but no amount of preparation could have made this story an easy one to swallow. The story is told from four POVs. Each voice was easily distinguishable once you got to know the characters. Just a note that since I read this as an eARC, part of the formatting was off. What were suppose to be text messages (I think), didn't really turn up well. Putting that aside, I found the story to be very easy to follow along. Each POV was short but precise. Personally I didn't form any attachments to the characters but I did find myself wanting to hear each of their stories. As the present event unfolded, we're treated to flashback scenes of how the characters tie together along with the key moments that led to this extreme reality. Ms. Nijkamp does an excellent job building up the tense atmosphere. The fright and terror of the situation was so well-depicted I was gripping my kindle. I felt the grieve and sadness pouring off the pages. I was so nervous I didn't want to believe any of what was happening. The scariest part of the story was how lucid the shooter was. He knew exactly what he was doing. He had specific targets but he never turned away from shooting anyone and everyone. The more afraid people were, the more menacing he became. "Terror is our strongest force, because we're only afraid when we have something to lose--our lives, our loves... our dignity." So powerful. My heart went out to all the characters for what they endured during those 54 minutes and had lost forever after. I especially ached for Tomas. When you read this book, you will too. Proceed with caution with This is Where It Ends as it contains extreme violence and horrors that is hard to erase from your mind. I recommend this book to readers who aren't afraid of experiencing strong emotions and look for realism in their stories. This book is as real as it gets.
Date published: 2016-01-08