Teen Review – This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends by Marilee Nijkamp

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

This Is Where It Ends is a suspenseful and riveting novel that takes place at a small-town high school in the midst of a school shooting. In each chapter, four relative students in four different situations around the school tell their story and each find a way to get out or try and stop the shooter. The story takes place over an hour long time period, making it hard for readers to put the book down and leaving them desperate for answers. The author, Marilee Nijkamp, uses heart-wrenching characters as well as fear, trust, and heroism, leaving everyone awe-struck and broken-hearted. I would recommend this book because the compelling story line really makes you question our society today and leaves you thinking about the book long after you’re finished. The characters are easy to fall in love with as well. If you enjoy a chilling, hair-raising novel packed with courage and strength, you won’t be able to put this one down. While Nijkamp currently doesn’t have any other books out, Feral Youth—a similar story of survival—is expected to be released in the fall of 2017 and Before I Let Go—also a similar novel by Nijkamp—will be released at the beginning of 2018.

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New Audiobooks 6/1


  • Anatomy of a Song by Marc Myers
  • El Paso by Winston Groom
  • Canada by Mike Myers
  • Night Watch by Iris Johansen
  • Someone to Love by Mary Balogh
  •  Undead and Done by MaryJanice Davidson
  • Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
  • My Darling Detective by Howard Norman
  • H.H. Holmes by Adam Selzer
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
  • The Princess Diaries by Carrie Fisher
  • The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay
  • A Christmas Message by Anne Perry
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctrow
  • When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Krentz
  • The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldhahn
  • City of Dreams by Tyler Anbinder
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
  • The Fleet at Flood Tide by James Hornfischer
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • The Color of Justice by Ace Collins
  • Overdressed: The Shocking High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline
  • Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King
  • On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

Young Adult:

  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe
  • Everyday by David Levithan
  • Viva Jacquelina! By L.A. Meyer
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New YA Books 9/20

  • Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley
  • The Game of Love and Death by Martha BrockenBrough
  • It Looks like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt
  • Below by Jason Chabot
  • The Kingslayer by Becker, Virginia
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • When by Victoria Laurie
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  • Dark Horses by Von Ziegesar Cecily
  • Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
  • The Devil You Know by Doller Trish
  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
  • Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
  • The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens
  • Elite by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
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Teen Reads – April 10, 2016

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon is one of the most socially valuable books I have read. As a white kid living in a suburban town, the events that have taken place in Ferguson and Baltimore over the past year often seem foreign and unrelatable, but this book has given me a perspective on what these events mean to those who live in communities such as Ferguson and Baltimore. We all have seen the media coverage of the deaths of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown and know of the aftermath of these events, but How It Went Down gives the reader an inside look at the life of those directly effected by similar events. This books is definitely for mature audiences, but I I would highly recommend the book, especially for anyone that has not been exposed to what life is like in predominately African-American, impoverished, communities. This is one of the few books I can honestly say has changed my outlook on the world.

Five out of Five stars

(Reviewed by Nicholas Detter)

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