This Is Where It Ends Review

“Everyody has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.”

Hey guys it’s Blondie and today I will be reviewing This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. And if I’m being honest I didn’t really want to review this book at all because I normally like to keep my reviews positive but I decided this book is an exception so let’s get started!

Everyone has a reason to fear 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.

10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 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

Okay, I have so many problems with this book I don’t even know where to begin.

Oh wait yes I do.


If Marieke had just done a tiny bit of reasearch she would know that! The mental health and psychology of the people that commit these acts are complex and complicated to the point where writing a book about it with out doing any research should be illegal or offensive to humanity as a whole. For Christ’s sake just google it! I’m sure if you have the resources to write a full book you have access to internet!

This book also says that he just felt like doing it because he wanted to be seen. When people want to be seen these day, make a YouTube channel or a blog or a rally or start an online chat room! People who commit several murders have a deep motivation. Which brings me to my next point.

  1. This kind of goes with what I just said but the reasoning of someone commiting these acts aren’t just “They’re evil.” Like this writer says it to be.

This book is totally black and white! Which is suprising because I know for a fact that the author is let’s just quote the back of the book shall we “Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and is an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, founder of DiversifYA, and founding contributor to Ya misfits.

Now, there is a reason I put the last bit of text in bold. SHE OBVIOUSLY BELIEVES IN DIVERSENESS! And I’m pretty sure that’s the whole reason she wrote tis book that’s a whole point all together. Here’s my point, for someone so involoved in the broadening of diverse YA books you would think she would add some grey areas. In this book the antagonist (the shooter) has always been evil and bad, is fully evil and bad, and SPOILERS if he had lived through the book would continure ot be evil and bad. And the protagonist are just good and better with no grey areas. What’s that all about?!


This book is told from the point of view of four people, which is fine but unnecessary. Especially when each narrator get’s about five paragrahs at a time. Also, why do the narrators have to be so close to eachother. This book would have been so much better if the narrators knew nothing about eachother and had a past with the “boy with the gun.”

  1. The constant connection to Twitter or whatever social media is being shown at the end of all the chapters.

My problem with this isn’t the connection to twitter or social media it’s the fact that someone in the middle of a school shooting would find the time to tweet about how scared they are and not just call the cops (who also got there like an hour into the book which is ridicoulous.) but text your parents or a person that lives next to the school or I don’t know ANYONE!

  1. The Diverse problem in full

This author wrote this book so she felt like she could add a diverse book out there. Not because she sympothized with the victims of this new epidemic or because she wanted to raise awareness, or even because she was genuinely interested in the subject. She just wanted to add something with rainbow of characters. With all kinds of races, religions, and sexualities in tow I guess she just thought she would make a classic.

My rating:

1 out of 5 stars, my reasoning is clearly written above

Would you read more by this author?

If this how Marieke Nijkamp writes her characters stories and does her reasearch definetley not.

Would you encourage others to read this book?

Not in million years. That’s the main reason I wrote this review. So, other people won’t have to read this.

Okay guys, that review was really intense, so if you have read this book and either agree or diagree with me I would love to here your opinion in the comment section. Love you guys! Bye! ~Blondie

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