“This is Where it Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆


Synopsis:  School shootings are happening all over the country at an alarming rate.  This is a fictional tale of a school shooting as it is happening.  Told from 4 different perspectives over 54 minutes, “This Is Where It Ends” discusses the realities of school shootings and the devastation they cause.

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After an assembly in the auditorium at Opportunity High School in Alabama, the students and teachers realize they are locked into the auditorium.  They barely have time to register confusion at the locked doors before someone starts shooting behind them.

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Opinion: This is a gritty, devastating, and entirely too real portrait of a school shooting. The story does not gloss over any aspects of the shooting itself, the events that lead up to such a disaster, nor the aftermath of such an event.  While a lot of stories will protect certain characters due to their literary importance in the book, this does not do so.  Everyone is a target.  Everyone is in danger.

This book had me sobbing by the end.  It is not for the faint of heart.  I would recommend this to those who can handle psychological trauma, as this book certainly delivers plenty of that.  I was frozen for at least 30 minutes after putting this book down.

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This book was extremely well written and takes on the horrific nature of the increasing school shootings in America with a level of realism that rivals none.  This was beautiful, horrible, devastating, and uplifting at the same time.   A novel that absolutely needed to be written, and Nijkamp nailed the realism of school shootings with a precision I don’t think could be outdone.

Trigger Warnings: Gun violence, homosexuality, sexual violence, juvenile delinquency, psychosis. If you are unable to handle a severe take on all of these subjects, do not read “This is Where it Ends”.

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