Title: This Is Where It Ends
Genre: Contemporary YA, Realistic YA
Grade Level: 12th grade
Topics: School shootings, trauma, violence, death
Summary: 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.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won't open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
What stood out to me about this book: This book is harrowing and I dare anyone to feel "okay" after reading this. This is very much a book about trauma and loss, but it is also a book about characters dealing with acute crisis. At it's heart, This Is Where It Ends is a book about character relationships. Told from a diverse cast of characters' point of view, it shows how everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.
Things that might upset people who rate movies: To say that this book deals with trigger issues is the understatement of the century. This book is incredibly visceral and will make you feel uncomfortable. This definitely does not go on anyone's comfort reads list, but it is an incredibly powerful, and important, read.
I would recommend this book to: Anyone looking for a book that honestly deals with the issue of school shootings and the trauma everyone deals with while going through this experience.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars