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This Is Where It Ends – Book Review

This Is Where It Ends - Book Review


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.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival


With the mass shootings that seem to be constantly in the news these days, this book is shockingly relevant. Overall, I enjoyed the book, though I feel as though it could have done a much better job at showing the reader what really drove the shooter to commit mass murder.

As far as the multiple points of view, I thought that they were very well written and it was easy to distinguish from one point of view to the next. It didn’t feel like the book was lacking a steady source of narration, which can sometimes happen when there are multiple POVs.

The biggest problem that I have with this book is that it doesn’t really make me feel anything for the characters. Yes, they are going through something tragic and horrific, which is very sad, but beyond that I feel no connection with any of the characters that I feel is kind of necessary.

I think that this book could have done a better job at portraying a school shooting and the events that can drive someone to commit such a crime. I didn’t dislike the book, but I am definitely not in love with it either.

I give This Is Where It Ends 4/5 stars. It comes out tomorrow, January 5, 2016. You can order it by clicking on the book’s cover image above.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

By Bailey Riddle

Bailey Riddle is a 22-year-old college student studying Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. She loves all things fandom, and can often be found with her nose in a book. When she isn’t busy with school and being a professional fangirl, she likes to cook food, read, and work on catching up on many hours of sleep.

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