Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Let's Talk: This Is Where It Ends

Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Fiction
Page Length: 282 pages
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Date Started: March 28, 2016
Date Finished: March 29, 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

*Semi-spoiler free review*

I didn't read this book for the stellar ratings, I read it because it's an important topic to talk about. Even so, it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

This was a pretty good book, but I don't believe this is what a school shooting is like. I've never been in one, but this seemed different than what I've read about in the news and such. For starters, this is a revenge story, with a lot of people getting caught in the crossfire.

I didn't expect the story to be so centralized on revenge for one thing. Usually when you hear stories about revenge shootings it's the kid who was bullied and he wants to get revenge on everyone. In this book, the shooter does what to get revenge on the school, but mostly on the characters who the points of view are told from.

I expected to feel a lot more than I did. I thought that I would be crying more, but I only cried at the very end during a memorial ceremony. Things that should have had me bawling, like when someone's brother died or sister got shot, didn't have me crying. I wish I had been able to form connections to them.

I did enjoy this book for the most part. Well, not so much enjoy as I don't think I could really enjoy a book full of so much death and sadness as the main part. I don't know how to describe my feelings on this book.

I think that while it wasn't exactly like a lot of school shootings, it still raises the topic of school shootings, which is what I hope the author set out to do anyway. I think this is a very important read that not only talks about shootings, but also the importance of family and friendship and keeping the ones close to you sane. 


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