This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
*Trigger warning: School shootings*
Like everybody else, I've watched the news reports of countless school shootings over the last few years and felt a great deal of sadness over this type of tragedy. However, that was nothing compared to the feels this book imposed on me.
Told over a total time span of 54 minutes and four student's perspectives, This Is Where It Ends is about one student's struggle to fit in and the choices he makes that result in numerous deaths and injuries one ordinary school day.
The points of view in this book were interesting to read about, they not only told the story of the shooting as it was happening, but they delved into the personal lives of each character. Their motivations & goals, their relationships and most importantly, their connection to the shooter. This book is harrowing in a way that only a subject of such dark matter can achieve, and it does so flawlessly. The topic was broached honestly and effectively, without glorification (which can sometimes be a hard thing to achieve with topic books.) I would highly recommend reading this book, it will show you perspectives into school shootings that you haven't seen on the media and it will stay with you for a long time after you read the last page.