ARC Review: This Is Where It Ends

January 4, 2016

22718738Release Date: January 5, 2016

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 a.m.
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m.
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.


This book is coming out at a time where school shootings have, unfortunately, become common occurrences in our lives. It’s hard to even imagine what being in one would be like, let alone losing loved ones. Suffice to say, this was a huge story for the author to try to tackle.

This Is Where It Ends tells the story of a school shooting through four different perspectives, all of who have some kind of relationship with the shooter. From these different perspectives, readers gain flashbacks that try to explain how the shooter got to this point. While they show that he was alone, abused, and grieving, there is still no answer as to why he decided to shoot up his old school.

The cast is diverse, which is great. However, sometimes the author’s writing made the characters merge into one voice. The writing was very lyrical, which annoyed me at times. It seemed as if the characters kept spouting out metaphors every which way and that made them seem older than high school students. Even made it a little unbelievable.

It’s not that I didn’t not like the book, it’s just that I didn’t like it either. The book was neutral to me. I didn’t really feel anything more for the characters that were dying than that this should never happen, which is terrible. I wasn’t connected enough to the individuals to feel sadden by their deaths, even though the author tried to make that possible with a one-to-two sentence explanation of that character’s life before they died. There were two characters’ deaths that I was sadden by, and they were main characters.

Overall, I just don’t know what to say. People will love this book, and people will hate. I don’t know if I can recommend this one.

My Rating:2.5 hearts

*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*


  • Reply Eli @ The Silver Words January 4, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Aw, that’s too bad. I was looking forward to starting this one. I think I’ll still read it, but your concerns make me feel like i won’t like THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS. I dislike it when authors try to make a book’s characters diverse just for the sake of being diverse, like it’s not even a part of the character. 🙁 Will approach with caution. Great review!

    • Reply Jordan January 5, 2016 at 11:10 AM

      I know, I was bummed too. Let me know what you think once you read it! I’d love to hear your opinion (even if it differs from mine). And, thank you!

  • Reply Erin @ The Hardcover Lover January 5, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Oh no! I had really high hopes for this one. It looks like I might borrow it, instead of just buying it.

    Thanks for your review! 🙂

    • Reply Jordan January 6, 2016 at 9:36 AM

      Maybe you’ll end up liking it more than it did. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Sarah @ Aphonic Sarah January 6, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    School shootings are a rough spot for me, and I think that is because I have kids in school.. So I don’t know how much I would want to read this. Your review is fantastic though, I think you need to be able to really relate with someone before you can feel for them.

    • Reply Jordan January 6, 2016 at 9:38 AM

      I don’t know if I could read a book like this if I had kids. It’d definitely be a scary possibility of what can happen. And, thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Jess @ Little Book Heaven January 6, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    I couldn’t get into this book either, and it was hard for me to make connection with some of the characters. great review, Jordan. 🙂

    • Reply Jordan January 7, 2016 at 9:31 AM

      Thanks! And, I’m glad that you felt the same way as me. 🙂

  • Reply Wren January 8, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Hm. I’ve read this book too, and I see your points. I did like this book, and I’ve cried a lot about it. But you do make relevant points. Good review!

    • Reply Jordan January 8, 2016 at 4:07 PM

      I’m glad you liked it, Wren! I liked some parts, but there were other parts that fell a little flat for me.

  • Reply Christine @ tinesreviews January 10, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    I’ve heard a lot about this book and some of them were not happy. I don’t know whether if I’ll read it or not. :9 #Commenting365

    • Reply Jordan January 10, 2016 at 8:11 AM

      Well, if you do decide to read it, let me know! I’d love to hear your opinion. 🙂

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