Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Best For: High school and up
My Take: I remember my senior year in high school and the devastation, shock and fear I felt after Columbine. This Is Where It Ends served as a reminder that violence in schools still exists. Although fictional, the book brings to life the travesty and complexity of a school shooting from the perspectives of various characters.
The shooter, Tyler, planned his massacre carefully and traps most students and teachers in the gym. The story gives perspectives from Autumn, (Tyler’s sister), Sylvia, (Autumn’s girlfriend), Claire (Tyler’s ex-girlfriend) and a myriad of other characters who have ties to Tyler. As the story progresses, readers learn more about each character and Tyler’s motive becomes somewhat clear, although there is still a great deal of unknown left once the story ends.
It was difficult for me to put this book down and it’s a quick read. I felt that some of the characters could have been more developed, like Tyler, whom readers never hear from directly.
Bottom Line: A great book to add to your library, as the format is engaging for high school students.