School Shootings and This is Where is Ends Book Review

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Being a parent is scary.  There are a million things to worry about – will my child be bullied? Will they look both ways before they cross the street? Will they forget what they know and get in the car with a stranger? 

As a parent, one of the scariest things that I can think about is my children being involved in a school shooting.  I vividly remember the Columbine shooting.  It was an event that scarred so many people – including the families of the shooters.  Just this past week, Dylan Klebold’s mother (Dylan was one of the shooters) was interviewed.  According to CNN, she said that she missed the warning signs that her son was troubled, and cautioned against suicidal thoughts and mental health issues as being a threat to our children that we may not otherwise thing about.  Klebold that her book , which is being released on Monday, February 15, will help other parents spot potential signs of trouble with their children. (She’s donating all the proceeds to mental health charities, so no questions of profiteering here.)

It’s a scary, scary thought.  There are a lot of theories about why we have the prevalence of school shootings that we do in this country.  Harvard Political Review reports that between 11/1/1991 and 7/16/2013 there have been 55 school shootings in the United States – far and away more than any other country.  The proposed causes and potential remedies are pervaded by politics: gun control, funding for mental health, and funding for education, to name a few.  

I don’t know what the answer is, but I know as a mom, it’s scary.  I recently read a book called “This is Where it Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp, which is the fictional account of a school shooting. Here’s a little bit about  This Is Where It Ends

 About This is Where it Ends
My Thoughts

This was a very emotional book for me.  To me, it was structured like Nineteen Minutes, one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books, but this was definitely set up for a YA reader.  Aside from the emotional nature of feeling for these high school students as they navigated their way through the worst imaginable scenario at school, I like that Nijkamp injected elements of diversity into the book.  Two of the main characters are involved in a same-sex relationship – if that bothers you, I wouldn’t pick this book up for your teenager.  I would probably not recommend this book to anyone under 8th grade, but I have no problems giving this book to my high schooler (who has also read Nineteen Minutes).  

You can buy This Is Where It Ends on Amazon.  It’s a great read and quick read for an adult, and I think it definitely has the potential to start some good conversations with your children.  

Do you worry about school shootings as a parent?  Do you feel like your child’s school has enough security in place?


  1. Stefanie Cornwall says

    You are definitely right that we worry about these things as parents. I will be looking into reading this even though it will probably be an emotional roller coaster for me too!

  2. says

    I try hard not to live in fear but some days it is just plain hard to send the kids off to school. I have been hearing about Dylan Klebold’s mother and I am very interested in hearing what she has to say about everything.

  3. John lopez says

    Wow hug and kiss my kids every day before they go to school. I pray for their safety every day I hope nothing like this ever happens.

  4. says

    I’m pregnant with my first and although it’s years away, this has always been such a big fear of mine. I’ll have to check out this book for sure!

  5. Jeanine says

    These school shootings are OUT OF CONTROL. We’ve had 1 in Canada, and it scares me to no end. I can’t believe how many are had in the USA. What is the world coming to? So crazy and so scary.

  6. says

    As a mom of four…I think often about my kids going to school and whether or not they will be safe. It has become such a scary world at there! There are days I wonder if it would be better to homeschool them and keep them safe with me!

  7. Rebecca Swenor says

    I did worry about school shootings when my kids were in high school.. My youngest son attends NMU now and I still worry about the school shootings even though he is in college. The school shooting were not something that happened when I was in school. This Is Where It Ends does sound like a good read and I will have to check it out.

  8. says

    This sounds like a wonderful read. I find it disturbing that we live in a world where this is material that would even be thought of for a book, but we do. I would definitely read it.

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