“Like I said, the world isn’t fair, and sometimes we have to help it along.”
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang follows the story of Janie Vivian and Micah Carter. They have been friends since they were young. While Micah is timid and quiet, Janie is outgoing and bright. They compliment each other. Then, Micah ends up in the hospital with no memory of the night before and no memory of what happened to Janie.
The book leaves you thinking and with too many tissues in the wastebasket. The story is so realistic and shows the pain and pleasures of the teenage years and getting older. There was a powerful lesson of the impact negative words can have on a person and deciding who is good to have in your life and who is not-so-good.
The characters were so beautifully crafted. Janie was almost the definition of putting a mask up when you are getting torn apart inside. Micah was the typical, lonely high school boy, oblivious to the obvious. I enjoyed how it was told in two perspectives; what happened after, Micah, and what happened before, Janie. I, as the reader, could see Micah desperately trying to figure out what happened and Janie's horrible predicament. It kept me asking questions and on my toes!
When I picked up this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was it something I was going to like, or was it going to put me to sleep? This Is Where The World Ends did not disappoint. We Were Liars fans would definitely enjoy reading this. Because it consists of tricky topics such as rape, it would be more for readers 14+.
If you are looking for a mystery yet tear-jerker, This Is Where The World Ends is the book for you!