Saturday, July 23, 2016

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by [Nijkamp, Marieke]

This is the stunning picture of a school shooting from inside the auditorium.  It's told from both the victims' and the perpetrators perspective.  I am not always a fan of books that shift from character to character to tell the story, but in this case,  I thought the format really enhanced the power of the story being told.

The book is told over the span of 54 minutes.  It starts in the school auditorium after an assembly.  What starts out as an ordinary day turns out to be anything but.   This is yet another reminder of why it is so important to help those in need and not to isolate our fellow man.  Although this story is fiction, we all know that the possibility is all too real. 

How does  something like this happen?   What makes a person snap and commit this kind of atrocity? I thought this author did a fantastic job at giving us an inside glimpse.  I think it is an excellent read for high school students.   I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

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