This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp January 5

This book is not for the faint of heart, it is a book about a small town, a family with a lot of heart ache and a child that just can’t take it anymore, but if you can take on those challenges you will find a story about a town that comes together and students who find common ground amid a tragic and life changing event.  Friendships will be forged and tested and each and every person who has anything to do with the events that day will find a new way to look at their life and a new appreciation for it.   This fresh take on the story of a high school shooting is told from four different view points, moment by moment in some cases and it includes twitter and face book messages just as it would if it is a real event.  I found myself connecting with these characters and feeling for them from the shooter who just can’t face things, to his sister who just wants to graduate and escape, the shooters nemesis who wants to protect his friends, the innocents caught in the cross fire and the track team who has practice during the assembly when everything happens, it keeps them safe, but can they get help and can they stand to wait for answers?    A touching and riveting accounting of a dark day in small town and the many bright lights that pierce the darkness.netgalley

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