This Is Where It Ends (Hardcover)

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This Is Where It Ends is a book about a school shooting with different perspectives of kids inside and outside of the school. This book is very real and touches on things parents choose not to talk about. It is very well written and has you hooked just by looking at the cover. 

— Brynn, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Oh. My. God. I could not put this book down. This is Where it Ends is about a school shooting and is told from four different perspectives. The main character, Autumn, has an abusive father and her brother. Tyler, who has been very close to her forever, is the shooter. The next character is Sylv, who is Autumn’s girlfriend and best friend. She also was raped by Tyler some time before the shooting. Tomas is Sylv’s brother and fierce protector. Tomas is not in the auditorium during the shooting and him and his best friend Fareed manage to break the locks and open the doors. He and Tyler have a bad past together. The final perspective is Claire. Claire is outside the school during the shooting. She is Tyler’s ex-girlfriend and her brother Matt, who is Autumn’s friend and has a chronic disease, is in the auditorium. You need to read this book. I would rate it seven out of five stars.

— Student at Excel Academy in Arvada, CO


This #1 New York Times Bestseller chronicles the 54 harrowing minutes of a school shooting and follows four students who must confront their greatest hopes, and darkest fears, as they come face-to-face with 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.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

A Buzzfeed Best YA Book
A 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."

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492622468
ISBN-10: 149262246X
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English