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This Is Where It Ends av Marieke Nijkamp
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This Is Where It Ends (utgåvan 2016)

av Marieke Nijkamp (Författare)

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Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.… (mer)
Medlem:RachelScharbo
Titel:This Is Where It Ends
Författare:Marieke Nijkamp (Författare)
Info:Sourcebooks Fire (2016), Edition: 1, 288 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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This book is basically about a school shooting that happens in Alabama. It is told from four different pov's namely- Claire, Autumn, Sylvia & Tomás. The book shuffles between these pov's which allow the reader to understand exactly what's going on and also makes them aware of the relationships between these four and the shooter. So the book starts pretty tame with just another day at school and teenagers dealing with teenage problems. It basically goes like this: Autumn wants to go to dance-school but her dad doesn't want her to go because her mom died in an accident and she was also in dance school and her dad is a drunk and he beats her up.Claire is on the track team and her sister Tracy enlisted in the army so she and the guy that she likes Chris also want to enlist but she's not really sure of whether she wants to enlist. She thinks she has to do it 'cause everyone wants her to. Sylvia's mother has dementia and she barely remembers her and her brother Tomás and she is also Autumn's secret girlfriend and she wants to support Autumn's dance-school dream but she also doesn't want her to leave her alone in this town 'cause she hated it a year and she also wants to go to Brown University 'cause she's super smart.Tomás is not-so-awesome at studies and is trying to break into a teacher's office to steal papers. (So glad that's over). Above is how the whole book is: rushed and mostly a rant. Personally, I failed to connect with any of the characters because there's barely any time to do that as the story just escalates within a few pages. To be honest, I loved the premise of the book and the overall story with the whole revenge-plot and the shooting but I wished there were more pages given to the character development and their individual stories. The whole book for me passed by in a blur and I realized I barely understood the characters and I honestly hated that. ( )
  rhiti.dsouza | Mar 15, 2021 |
This book by Dutch author Marieke Nijkamp got off to a bit of a rocky start. It introduces a lot of characters and scene changes before you have a chance to find your footing (knowing who is who, etc.). But it quickly gains depth and momentum, and by the end I not only knew the characters, but I cared about what happened to them as well.

The book could benefit from another round of editing for consistency (details like the auditorium is either soundproof, or you can hear the gunshots around the school), but nothing major. As far as books about gun violence in schools goes, I would have liked to have seen more insight into the shooter's motive and choice to turn to violence. A quick and easy young adult read. 4 stars. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
This book does an excellent job portraying and contrasting the perspectives of the 4 main characters and their different experiences during a school shooting. School shootings are an alarmingly common occurrence in the US today, and Nijkamp is able to depict the urgency of this type of scene. It is a good mix of suspense and emotionally driven fear that still maintains the realism of the situation. Throughout the whole book, Nijkamp is able to sustain the intense and compelling mood, which makes it hard to stop reading. The connection made between Tyler, the school shooter, and the other narrators excellently weaves all of the different chapters together. The emphasis that Nijkamp places on Tyler creates a conflict within the reader as they decide whether or not to empathize with him or see him as the villain. The only criticism I have about the book is that it was a little predictable at times. ( )
  cmroberts22 | Nov 2, 2020 |
I mean, given the nature of this book it's pretty obvious what happens and how it's going to turn out - I got super invested in a few of the characters given their separate parts in the book and I loved the time stamps too it was amazing - cant say too much about it you'll have to read it for yourself and see !! ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
Beautifully written, suspenseful, and heartbreaking, this is a terrifying portrait of a single morning that I couldn't stop reading once I'd started. I really appreciated the realism of a diverse student body because it made the story feel so true to life, and as a further testament to the writing, the only thing I could picture while reading was my high school.

I wouldn't call this a pleasant story, but if you have a reader searching for a fascinating and well-executed realistic book this would be a great choice. The issues raised are thorny and I think it could be a gratifying book club choice simply because of how much there would be to discuss. I'd also add that the violence is chilling and, while not described gratuitously, it is vivid, just as a heads up.

If you're on the fence about picking this up: I don't normally read realistic fiction, and I found myself wishing for a companion novel that deals with the aftermath of the day. It’s a really good book. Maybe just don't read it without some tissues close to hand.

One last (spoilery) note that I appreciated: the author didn't kill the lesbian characters! I was just talking with a friend about this recently, and there's a massive list of lesbian characters on TV and in movies who end up dead. I was just really relieved to not run into that particular trope, although the setting of this book might have mitigated the sting a little if it had happened. Maybe.

(NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire provided me this ARC to review for our collection and teens.) ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
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