The #1 New York Times Bestseller, now in paperback, with special bonus content!
Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun…
10:00 a.m.: The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's 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: The auditorium doors won't open.
10:05: Someone starts shooting.
In 54 minutes, four students must confront their greatest hopes, and darkest fears, as they come face-to-face with the boy with the gun.
Special bonus content includes: a letter from the author, discussion questions, two bonus chapters, a conversation with the author, and a playlist!
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book
A Bustle.com Most-Anticipated YA Novel
A Goodreads YA Best Books Pick
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction
Kids Indie Next List Pick
"Marieke Nijkamp's brutal, powerful fictional account of a school shooting is important in its timeliness." —Bustle.com
"A gritty, emotional, and suspenseful read and although fictionalized, it reflects on a problematic and harrowing issue across the nation." —Buzzfeed
"A compelling, brutal story of an unfortunately all-too familiar situation: a school shooting. Nijkamp portrays the events thoughtfully, recounting fifty-four intense minutes of bravery, love, and loss." —BookRiot
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Whenever we hear about mass shootings, it can be hard to get beyond the bare, horrifying facts. With This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp takes us inside a school where an armed student has hijacked an assembly; the action is narrated from the perspectives of four students who each have a unique connection to the shooter. Through internal narratives and flashbacks, Nijkamp’s characters grapple with the unthinkable while also trying to answer a devastating question: How could a boy they’ve known for years do something like this?
Sometimes the most terrifying horrors are not those involving monsters out of fantasy but those taken straight from today's headlines. Nijkamp's debut follows four high school students on their first day of the spring semester in Opportunity, Ala. Over the course of 54 minutes the amount of time a gunman holds their school hostage their lives collide. Each of the four has an intimate connection to the shooter, and all must find a way to face the unfolding tragedy. While Claire views the event from outside the school, Autumn, Sylv, and Tom s are on the front lines. Love, loyalty, bravery, and loss meld into a chaotic, heart-wrenching m lange of issues that unite some and divide others. A highly diverse cast of characters, paired with vivid imagery and close attention to detail, set the stage for an engrossing, unrelenting tale. The starkly chilling realism and themes of abuse, death, and assault, among others, may prove too much for younger or sensitive readers, but the story unquestionably leaves an indelible mark. Ages 14 up.
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This book taught me so much about the world around me. I have never been a reader my entire life and I decided to read this book on a whim. It was the best decision I have ever made because I am reading more and more!! Thank you for this incredible book!
I bought this book because it sounded interesting and the reviews made it sound good. I didn’t find the book realistic enough... Too much diversity in a small town... and the name of the school being Opportunity? Blech. It was an easy read. Didn’t take long. But wasn’t worth it in the end.
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This book is amazing you should definitely read it I finished it in two days and I hate reading but I loved this book