DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
January 5th, 2016
At the beginning of the semester at the high school in Opportunity, Alabama, every student is gathered in the auditorium for the annual speech given by the principal. All is going as it does every year until someone opens the door and begins shooting. This story is told through several viewpoints by students who's stories begin to intertwine towards the end.
Have you ever walked into a restaurant and noticed that the decor was nice? The theme was great? The menu was well done and the wait staff were pleasant? But when the food came something was just missing? That was how I felt about TIWIE. The plot, the cover, the writing style, and the ending all were good but there was just something lacking. The story is told by several different students which, to me, caused the story to be interrupted, stopping all flow that Nijkamp started to have. Overall, the book was nice, and I do recommend it, however, I walked away from this one feeling blase when, I thought, I would have been more affected.
I love to read and to discuss books. My preferred genre is sci-fi but I like to read mostly anything.