Book Review: this is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp

this is where it ends 
is a heart wrenching  story of how the Opportunity High School’s student body is chain locked into the school auditorium while one student goes on a shooting spree, trying to kill as many teachers and students as he can before the police arrives.  It is told from the perspective of four students – all connected to the shooter in one way or another (the sister of the shooter, her girlfriend and her brother, and the ex-girlfriend.)

As a teacher, this honestly is my worst nightmare.  Our staff just completed a lockdown review with our local police department and in all the scenarios we “acted” out, not once did we discuss what we should do if this were to happen during a school assembly in the gym or auditorium.  Not to say that it wasn’t on anyone’s minds.  This story brings to the forefront those devastating thoughts of “What if..” which we all hope and pray never happens.

this is where it ends is fast paced and I finished it within two days.  Did I love it?  No.  Not at all.  Why?  The fact that we live in a world where this is becoming the norm, is terrifying.   It scares me more than anything to share books like this with my students.  I don’t ever want students to think that school shootings are okay. It Is Not Okay.

But does that mean kids won’t like it?  No – I do think that there are students who will want to read this and talk about it.  It is just a hard topic for me to embrace and want to share with others.

***Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.***



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