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Book Review: This is Where the World Ends

Title: This is Where the World Ends
Author: Amy Zhang
Rating: 3.75
Genre: YA fiction romance/mystery
Reviewer: Em



Janie and Micah have been secret best friends for a long time. However, in the beginning of the book, Micah wakes up in the hospital, not remembering anything after the day Janie moved across town. What happened to him? What happened to her? That's what he has to find out.

This book is told in both of their perspectives. Similar to my latest review, I'll Give You the Sun, Micah tells his story "after", when he can't remember what has happened, and Janie tells the story "before", when they are best friends. As Micah starts remembering the past, you start to learn about it too.

This book was definitely interesting. Out of all the books I looked at at my local Barnes & Nobel, this was my first pick to purchase. I read in less than 24 hours of purchasing it. It grabbed me until the end. The characters were so detailed and adorable. Anyone would want to strive for a friendship like Janie and Micah's. Micah and Janie's.

I really liked how the point of views matched up with how the characters were feeling. For example, when Micah wasn't necessarily with it, it was sorta of confusing, but in a good, realistic, way. If you plan on reading this book, be prepared to be shocked and heartbroken. It was something I definitely did not expect at all.

The reason why this book is not rated super highly is for several reasons. For one, although his book was really good, and I recommend it completely, no parts made me cry, or laugh out loud, and so forth. Also, I have a problem with it similar to the one I had with Paper Towns by John Green. It is not a book I would read again, for reasons I will state. For the entirety of the book, the mystery of what happened to Janie and the events after her moving consumed most of the pages of the book. However, now that I have completed the book, and know what happened, it no longer remains interesting to me.

It could just be me, but I felt that the story needed that mystery. There is not to much left of the story if you take that huge chunk out of it. This is why this book was rated lower than some other novels I have reviewed, but it is still a great book, and I am happy to add it to my collection. It has some quirks to it that others just can't beat!

Like books with different points of view? Then be sure to check out another book with different points of view, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.
"How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents tells the story of the Garcia girls: four sisters, from oldest to youngest, named Carla, Sandra ("Sandi"), Yolanda ("Yo", "Yoyo", and "Joe"), and Sofia ("Fifi"). The Garcia Girls, as everyone refers to them, move to 1960 New York City when their father is discovered to have tried to overthrow the dictator of the Dominican Republic. When they do arrive at their new home, they are unhappy about how different life in the U.S. is compared to life in the Dominican Republic. However, they must face the truth that they cannot go back home, and that they must..." Read more

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  1. Sounds like a good book. But I agree with you that mysteries aren't as interesting to read a second time.

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