This Is Where the World Ends

This Is Where the World Ends

by Amy Zhang

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Overview

This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

A heart-wrenching novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world from Amy Zhang, the critically acclaimed Indies Introduce and Indie Next author of Falling into Place.

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien 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 then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance in an astonishing second novel that will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062383051
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 466,071
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Amy Zhang was born in China, grew up in Wisconsin, and currently lives in New York State.

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This Is Where the World Ends 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Short & Sweet: A GORGEOUSLY written fast paced novel on rape, friendship and dreams. Amy Zhang’s writing is powerful and will stay with you for a while. Let’s break it down: WRITING: Amy Zhang’s writing is what brings this book alive. Told in both Janie and Micah’s point of view, her writing adapts to bring out the voices of her characters and does it well. Micah has selective retrograde amnesia (he can’t make new memories) and Janie is a chaotic soul filled with dreams and beginnings and I felt like I got to know these characters because of Zhang’s writing. IDEA: I love the idea for the story. If there’s one thing you can say about This Is Where The World Ends and also about Janie and Micah it’s that they don’t fall into normal YA tropes. This story is about dreams and reality and friendship and love and tragedy and rape and IT WAS SO GORGEOUS. PLOT: It was the writing that really brought this book alive, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t plotted well. This book switches from Janie (before) to Micah (after) and it also shows you Janie’s diary/ senior thesis (with some GORGEOUS illustrations) and it was all really well planned out. Everything about this plot worked just right and I LOVED IT. CHARACTERS: I liked Micah and Janie. Their story was a good one, brought alive by the exceptional writing which I can’t talk about enough. At the same time, WITHOUT the writing, I can’t help but feel like the pair would have been the most CLICHÉ characters in the world. Both Micah and Janie were pretty much the main characters of John Green’s Paper Towns with a twist here are there. Also, Janie’s attitude towards Micah annoyed me. She kept saying hurtful things like “I know he’s in love with me and I’ll get there too. Someday” and “It was easier to not stay friends in school because of her image,” and it all made me kinds of MAD? She wasn’t a real friend to him, not where it counted. I also HAVE to talk about that ONE last scene. The book was BEAUTIFUL. The ending was even better and there was this last scene with Dewey and Micah that fell so completely FLAT, it made me cringe. I’ve only experienced bad endings, not bad last scenes but this one was so MEH after such a good book. CONCLUSION: This is Where The Worlds Ends is constructed with exquisite writing and gives you a story you won’t forget for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can’t decide whether I loved or hated this book. It was a little slow at first, but then it became hard to put down as the story unraveled. It was filled with tragedy and was not what I was expecting at all. I did the love characters and I liked that the book ended in tragedy instead of the normal fairytale ending. I enjoyed watching how Micah and Janie’s toxic friendship unfolded throughout the story. It shows that everything you do does have a consequence and it will affect you in the future. It also shows how good or bad friendships can affect you and teaches you that you need to keep the good friends and let go of the bad ones. I would recommend this book to my friends. It was a pretty good book and towards the end I could not put it down until I found out the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read book. It is really good. I don' want to say much about is therwise I might spoil it. But it is worth the cost.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
A lot of people weren't a fan of this one, and to be honest, I wasn't either when I first started it. But because I loved Falling into Place so much, I decided to stick with it--and I'm glad I did. Janie and Micah have been friends ever since they were kids, and Micah has been in love with Janie for nearly as long. Janie knows this, but still refuses to be in a relationship with Micah and chooses to date other guys. Meanwhile, Micah becomes friends with Dewey, who's in love with Micah. The book picks up with Micah in the hospital, after a bonfire party turned into a fire that burned down Janie's house and sent Janie packing to Nepal. That's the "official" synopsis of this book that I'm giving. The unofficial synopsis of this book is that Janie is a terrible person, and, really so is Micah and Dewey and everyone else. Janie uses everyone around her and expects people to feel bad for her--and then, when something truly horrible happens to her, she has no one to turn to. Micah seems like sort of a nice guy in the beginning of the novel, but he just turns into this borderline-alcoholic guy who mimics Janie's behavior by using Dewey. And Dewey is pretty terrible himself; he drinks and is horrible to Janie and most of the other characters in the book. But I gave this book 4 stars for a reason--and that reason is because I liked it. I liked that these characters were all bad people, because they all had something redeeming about them. I wanted them all to redeem themselves and fight to survive through all of the darkness and tragedy in the novel. And some of the characters did; some didn't. I liked that they made bad choices and then had to deal with the consequences--it made it real, even if Janie was basically Margo from Paper Towns, and I disliked her for that, too. This book is dark. This book is a tragedy. And it's that way because this story rings all too true; it reads more like a first-person news article and less like a work of fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read, it could have been better, but quite enjoyable.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I read this book while I was on vacation in Vegas and it falls into the "I devoured it" category. Once I picked it up (on the plane), I could not put it down. One of the best realistic YA novels I've read in a while. Why did I love this book so much? Well, as you may know if you read any of my reviews, the characters where painfully real and that hooked me. Micah is a nerdy boy who has a secret relationship with Janie (his next door neighbour). They have been best friends since they were young and share everything ... according to Janie they share a soul. But Janie doesn't want anyone to know how close her and Micah are. Micah goes along because he's clearly in love with her and they have been friends forever. Janie is the type of character who compartmentalizes her entire life. She has her Janie and Micah compartment, she has her dream compartment (which holds her hopes for taking a gap year in Nepal and working in an orphanage) and then she has her school/friend/popular kid/boyfriend compartment. Micah is only allowed to be part of the first and second compartments but at school and in social settings, Janie pretends she doesn't know him. This is such a real high school relationship, at times it was hard to read. My daughter had a friend who did this to her. He was besties outside of social settings but he didn't include her at school or parties or things like that. My heart broke a bit for Micah, who doesn't understand why Janie does this but goes along with it because that's just Janie. Amy Zhang writes this from both characters' points of view, so the reader does get to see what's going on in Janie's head. We can see that Janie believes that Micah and her will end up together in the end. But that's in the far distant future and for now she wants to have fun. Micah will always be there for her. After all they are destined to be together. And as a reader, you want to believe her. Right from the opening pages of the book, though, you know something is off. Micah wakes in hospital with no memory of what happened to him. He's had a head injury and keeps losing memories. And Janie isn't there. And she's not answering his texts. His buddy tells him that she went to Nepal (where she always wanted to go) and Micah believes him. But things don't add up. As the story unravels, moving back and forward in time, the sequence of events slowly unfold until the reader understands what happens. Without giving it all away, this book deals with heavy topics including mental wellness and brain injury. I strongly recommend This is Where the World Ends. Great book!
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I was initially worried about how I would like This Is Where the World Ends as it says in the blurb that it has a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators and that could be very very good, or very very bad. The good news, it was amazing! The way the story flowed through time was masterful and made you really sink into the story. Janie and Micah are BFF’s, who have a deep connection. This connection extends to everything but school, where they keep their friendship secret and make sure to never let anyone else in. Then Janie goes missing and Micah is left to try to figure it out. The future chapters are told from Micah’s perspective and the past from Janie’s. The nonlinear made the story that much more powerful. As you can guess Amy Zhang crafted a remarkable tale in This Is Where the World Ends. The plot was well though out and intricate. The writing was sharp and intricate. The emotions ran high and I cried more than once during my reading. The characters were perfection and played their parts and off of each other so well. The pacing worked so well, moving back and forth should have been annoying or hard to follow but was not at all. The world building was were I did have a small issue. The characters were so well fleshed out that the world they resided in was secondary and at times the lack of a solid world pulled the interplay down a bit. But other than that issue, perfection. I always enjoy when a book is so much more than I expected. I thought This Is Where the World Ends would be a light YA read about two best friends that discover they do love each other after all. I am glad I was wrong. This Is Where the World Ends was instead, a tale of true love and loss and what happens when your world gets shaken so hard that it may never recover. Amy Zhang has a unique voice that I truly appreciated and I will add her to my list of must read authors. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.