Celebrate THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp Hitting #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List with an AMAZING GIVEAWAY!!!

I am SO EXCITED to tell you guys that THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp IS NOW A #! NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER!!!!!!! Not only that, it's been on the Best Seller List for 25 WEEKS STRAIGHT!!!

To celebrate, publisher Sourcebooks Fire is offering a HUGE GIVEAWAY of 25 book bundles, with ONE lucky winner receiving a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card + book bundle!

(Scroll to the bottom of the page for the giveaway!)

You may recall that I posted a You're Gonna LOVE Me First Look at the novel last year. If not, never fear: I've re-posted why you're going to want this book below!

A sneak peek now, a full review when the book releases!

Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: Out January 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Received: ARC for Review


10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.

The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.


The auditorium doors won't open.


Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Bookworms, you know I'm not super duper huge on contemporary novels. When one stands out, however, IT STANDS OUT.

I read THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS right before BEA to see if I wanted to try to get a copy of Marieke Nijkamp's debut novel to share with co-workers so that more people could be talking about this book come January 2016. I DID WANT TO. I WANTED TO SO MUCH!!!

I recommended this book to SO MANY people at BEA this past week and told them all to go to the author's signing on Friday at the Sourcebooks booth! I was also lucky enough to listen to Nijkamp on a panel at the Teen Author Carnival AND a panel at Book Con. I was also glad to see her coming out of a signing line for something and stop her briefly to tell her how much how I enjoyed the book and how frequently I was already talking it up!!!

So how I could I NOT do a spotlight on the book now!?

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is chilling and harrowing. It is NOT a light read. But it is an important one! It's about a school shooting as seen from multiple different people's POVs. We see the shooter's sister. We see the sister's girlfriend. We see the ex-girlfriend who can't believe that the boy she once dated could do something like this. We see a twin brother desperate to save his sister.

A few years ago, I read WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver. The part of the book where Kevin goes off his rocker is so viciously detailed and blunt (without giving you explicit spoilers), in a lot of ways due to his choice of weaponry, that I couldn't read another book about a school shooting for a long time. I still hadn't read NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult, who was one of my favorite authors, and I wouldn't be able to for another year or two. I've still been shying away from books such as ONE BREATH AWAY by Heather Gudenkauf and SAVE ME by Lisa Scottoline.

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS reminds me of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN because the experience is so personal and the shooting is so shocking and horrifying. With Kevin, for me, it was his choice of weapon, and in particular, what happens at his own home. With THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, it is the fact that almost the entire school is locked in the auditorium. If this shooting happened in real life, it would be THE worst school shooting in US History. There would have been more casualties than there were during the horrors at Virginia Tech (32) and Sandy Hook (27).

One of the things that struck me at the Teen Author Carnival was when Nijkamp talked about how she'd been next door to a building that exploded, and how that impacted her. THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is unflinching and raw. It isn't light, it isn't happy...and it isn't supposed to be.

You won't be okay after you read this book...but you're still going to want to read it!

I'll have a real review up closer to the book's release, but add this one on your TBR now; I predict it will be one of the most important YA novels of 2016!

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the book's amazing milestone!?

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