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This Is Where the World Ends Hardcover – March 22, 2016
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From the Back Cover
Once upon a time . . .
There was a girl named Janie Vivian. And a boy named Micah Carter. And a boy named Dewey. A boy named Ander. A girl named Piper.
And once upon a time . . . Janie Vivian declared an apocalypse. And they all fell down. They all fell down.
Micah can’t remember when or how or why. But he knows one thing for certain:
This is where the world ends.
We drive in silence. I study my palms. There are four perfect half moons where my nails dug in, and a fate line that looks normal. Perfectly straight, average length. I used to think that destiny was fluid, because isn’t that the point of every Disney movie and Saturday-morning cartoon?
You make your own choices. You decide how life goes. I always thought that your fate line would change if something happened, bam, something goes wrong and the line on your palm goes all wonky to reflect that. Nope. It still looks fine.
I dig my nails into my palms again and look ahead. Staring contest, glaring contest. Let’s go, universe. You and me, right here, right now.
Advance Praise for This Is Where the World Ends
“Zhang weaves a dark, complicated tale, steeped in obsession, painful secrets, and mind-numbing vodka. Readers will be left to decide for themselves whether this is a tragic love story or a psychological thriller; regardless, this is most definitely a novel that will have fans talking.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Zhang’s effortless exploration of the complex intersection of memory and perception and intricate, menace-laden plot is a perfect fit for fans of E. Lockhart’s compelling We Were Liars.”—ALA Booklist (starred review)
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One Word: Gorgeous
Next door neighbors Janie and Micah, secret friends secret friends and soul mates never speak in public. Janie is bubbly and popular, Micah has just one friend. When Janie moves to the other side of town, each falls into some type of mental illness (though quite possibly the move just escalated their conditions). She's the leader, he the follower.
Janie tells the story "before" The Incident, Micah "after" in alternating, nonlinear chapters. Janie's journals of fairytales also illustrate The Incident. Micah has retrograde amnesia, as well as difficulty with short term memory and can't remember The Incident, or where Janie is. The police interview him, but he doesn't know why.
Amy Zhang's followup to her debut stunning debut, FALLING INTO PLACE, proves she's one of the most exciting young writers in YA fiction. Her prose is simply stunning, almost poetic. Both Micah and Janie are complex, flawed characters and neither is a reliable narrator. At times during Micah's chapters, I questioned what was real and what was hallucination.
THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD ENDS isn't a novel full of surprises and gotchas. If you read the blurb, the plot is fairly transparent, although that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. It's so well written, compelling and full of heart, I didn't mind figuring things out early.
THEMES: Friendship, romance, dating, rape, suicide, mental illness
THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD ENDS will make you wonder, feel and think. I'll read anything by Amy Zhang, including her grocery shopping list.
But teenagers are stupid and think that the way things are in high school is how the rest of their life will be and they make drastic, life changing decisions. For the worst.
But I’m still angry about Janie being a horrible friend and making people, particularly Micah, do what she wanted. (This reminded me of whatsherface from Paper Towns and I HATE that book).
I’m angry that Micah allowed her to act as such, thus potentially ruining a good friendship with Dewey.
Dewey, who had a very limited vocabulary outside of curse words, was one of the only people I could stand.
Janie and her group of jerk friends, especially Ander. (The hell kind of name is that anyways?)
Ander, rapists and overall douchebag, playing the blame game on everyone but himself (which is guess is how all rapists think).
Back to Micah, who also blames himself because he has been so brainwashed by Janie that he constantly hates himself.
How about the lack of parents in all of this? None of these kids felt comfortable enough to confide in a parent (much less the police) about the things going on in their lives.
Besides all of that, this was a very well written book. And sadly, it’s almost too realistic because situations like this do actually happen.
I sped read this, partially because it was a consuming read, partially because it made me uncomfortable and I wanted to finish it quickly.
This Is Where the World Ends is a tragically real look at what happens when you have toxic friends. A quick read that will appeal to fans of John Green or Nova Ren Suma.
review at yabookscentral.com
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