Monday, January 4, 2016

Pre-Pub Review: This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 1:00 PM
Title: This is Where it Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: January 5th 2016
Cover Rating: 5/5

I have no idea how to review This is Where it Ends. I seriously just don't. How do you give a rating to a book, no matter how made up it is, that hits you this hard? This is a work of fiction but it is about something that literally happens almost every day here in America. School shootings are horrible and this book shed light on the individual stories and traumas that the victims went through.

Normally you hear about school shootings happening because there was bullying or some other form of trauma to the shooter. This book is pretty much about teachers "bullying" the shooter. They pretty much gave up on him from what I gathered. But not only that, he lost his mother and he feels like he has lost his sister too. But when we hear from her, it's an entirely different story about how her brother is all she has left and he had been pulling away from her. No matter how the story goes the shooter still ended up where he did and it should not have come to this. 

We get to see so much heart break in this book. Siblings lost, parents lost, lovers lost. And all for what? Because a kid had a mental breakdown that his father didn't catch because he was too busy drinking, working, ignoring his kids or whatever other excuses his father could find.

I loved the sibling dynamics we got to see. Three different groups. All three groups end up on the terrible end of the shooting BUT you get to see how people will risk their lives to save the people they love. And you also get to see that even when somebody's sibling does something so horribly unthinkable they will still love them. Love is a weird thing. But it is huge and it runs deeper than most of us will ever know.

The ending of the book was expected. So many tragedies. So many deaths. So many families and lives torn apart because of a senseless act of violence.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.


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