This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Published: January 5th, 2016

“10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”

I should start by saying that this book definitely has some trigger warnings that should be mentioned before reading this. It was a very quick read for me, but it was definitely very hard to get through. The small town of Opportunity, Alabama is shook to the core when an ex-student locks all students and teachers in the auditorium after an assembly and opens fire. The four perspectives that this story is told by is the brother of the girl trapped inside, the girl who is frantically looking for a way out (the sister of the brother mentioned), a track runner who was outside running when she heard the first shot, and lastly, the sister of the shooter. This book shows what is going through the head of a student who needs help, but was never given any by his teachers, friends, or family. It is a very, VERY sad story, so take caution when reading.

Rating: ★★★★★

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