Monday, January 25, 2016
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This is a devastating book that left me thinking "whoa" for at least five hours after finishing it. It is much too real and easy to imagine happening given the real school shootings of recent years. What makes it strong: we are never inside Tyler's head which is very good. It would be tempting to somehow try to make us feel some sympathy for him since he is obviously disturbed but Nijkamp never takes us down this path. The characters are diverse but in a natural way, not a "Oh, look, there are lesbians in here" way. Their relationship is loving and rings true without exploitation which also goes for the Hispanic and Muslim characters. Give this book a try, if you have the nerves to get through it.
You can watch my video review of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJkLORgirxA