Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction Book Review: Crime

*originally published on 05/24/2016


2016; 304 Pages (Schwartz & Wade )
Genre: true crime, history, nonfiction

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)


In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home and their daughter, Lizzie is soon arrested. In this true crime book, Sarah Miller takes the reader on a linear look at the case from the moment the Bordens are murdered to when Lizzie dies. We sees the different theories that have been thrown around then and now.  Where the key players were and their motives. Miller also supplies some historical context of the time to gives us some ideas of what that time was like  It reads like a textbook rather than a story which is not a bad thing.  While the book is about crime and murder, it isn’t gory in details but I would pin this one at mid to late teens to adults. A must for any true crime buff…or one in the making!


24529123THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS Written by Marieke Nijkamp

2016; 285 Pages (Sourcebooks Fire)
Genre: suspense, crime, school shooting

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)


This novel is about a school shooting from the perspective of four students – two inside and two outside the auditorium where the gunman has them trapped.  I liked that it was told this way and that it was told within the minutes of the shooting to the end. I was interested in reading this novel because it told from the kids point of view and by an author who advocates diversity.  However, I was greatly disappointed with the plot and characters.  The shooter comes from an abused home and he is quite aggressive with everyone including his sister.  Therein lies his motivation and we get nothing more than he is an evil person….and he deserves all the bad things that have happened to him.  Everyone else is good.  They are all good people who have bad things happen to themThey stand up to the bad and are now doing well.  We don’t really find out any flaws or realism to any of the characters but very one-sided personalities.  I finished the book to see where it would go and if it would grow.  Unfortunately, the end does not get better.  It ends quickly without any feeling.  I rated it 1 star because of the ending where a student purposely stands up to the gunman when he didn’t need to.  When this kid is shot he thinks it is worth dying to tell the gunman what he thinks about him.  I walked away from this novel more disturbed by the book’s message then the school shooting.



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