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This Is Where the World Ends

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark, compelling tale of obsessive friendship, rape, death.

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A small-town teen with memory loss struggles to learn where his best friend is, why she left him, and why the police want to talk to him about her torched house in this dark, compelling page-turner. Author Amy Zhang, switching between the narrative voices of the two characters, weaves a complex, sometimes deceptive story -- some of which the reader may figure out before protagonist/narrator Micah does, and some of which is open to different interpretations -- as she reveals two complicated, relatable, not always likable characters who form their own world, and looks at what happens to them in THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD ENDS:

"The point was each other. They knew each other in their atoms, and the point was that they were together. They never talked about it, but they both knew what they feared. More than anything, they feared that they wouldn't have each other someday.

"And without each other, there wouldn't be much of a point at all, would there?"

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