This Is Where It Ends

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Sourcebooks, Jan 5, 2016 - Young Adult Fiction - 288 pages
Over the course of 54 harrowing minutes, the students at Opportunity High struggle to survive—and to understand why one boy started shooting
10:00 am: The principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 am: The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03 am: The auditorium doors won't open.
10:05 am: Someone starts shooting.

This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from the perspective of four teens—each with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.

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User Review  - MM_Jones - LibraryThing

Opportunity, Alabama, even the place name shows the planning by the author. A school shooting is the timely action, but the book is really a character study of those close to the killer. Fascinating. Read full review

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User Review  - Carolesrandomlife - LibraryThing

I hate the fact that we live in a world where school shootings happen. I have mixed feelings about the fact that a book like this even exists because I don't want to use a tragedy as entertainment. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Marieke Nijkamp is a civil servant in the Netherlands. She is an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits. Visit her at

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