Wednesday, 23 March 2016

This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
This Is Where the World Ends
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place.

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it.

But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she’s had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. Now only Micah seems to believe she’s telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was “asking for it,” it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang’s astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance.

This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Is Where the World Ends “Everything ends. This is obvious. This is the easy part.”

This was an interesting story about a boy with memory loss following his best friend’s house burning down.

Janie came across as quite depressed, and her thought processes seemed askew because of it. It was clear how much Micha and Janie meant to each other though, even if things hadn’t been working out well for them. Micha seemed really in the dark as to what had been going on though, and it was just a case of waiting for him to figure out what had really happened.

The storyline in this was about Micha recovering in hospital and having no memory of the events that had lead him there, and we got alternating chapters of ‘before’ and ‘after’ as Micha regained his memories, and we found out what had happened. We also got a rape storyline, although this came in quite late in the book, but this did add to the explanation of why things happened the way they did.
We did get a little bit of romance in this, but it wasn’t the sort of romance that had a happy ending.

The ending to this was good, and I was satisfied with the explanations we got, but this wasn’t a happy ending really.

7.5 out of 10

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