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Contributor(s): Nijkamp, Marieke

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ISBN: 1492671118     ISBN-13: 9781492671114
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: May 2019
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Library of Congress Subjects:
School shootings; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2019013133
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 0.50" (0.65 lbs) 328 pages
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
At Alabama's Opportunity High, four students give their accounts of a harrowing fifty-four minutes as former student Tyler opens fire on the morning assembly. With narration firmly rooted in the moment and smooth transitions in and out of flashbacks, each first-person account reveals an intricate web of betrayal and pain that connects the four to Tyler and to the horror he has unleashed.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #2)
utumn, Tyler's sister, has dreamed of nothing but dance and escape from Opportunity since their mother's death; her girlfriend Sylv, previously a victim of Tyler's rage, has been feeling helpless as her own home life falls apart. Both watch horrified as Tyler indicts the entire school and picks off their classmates and teachers one by one. Outside, Sylv's twin brother Tomás desperately tries to free the trapped students, terrified that he will, once again, fail to protect his sister from Tyler; and Claire, Tyler's ex-girlfriend, having heard the gunshots from track practice, agonizes over her role in fueling Tyler's hate. With narration firmly rooted in the moment and smooth transitions in and out of flashbacks, each first-person account reveals an intricate web of betrayal and pain that connects the four to Tyler and to the horror he has unleashed. Although the alternation among four perspectives can be disorienting, such disorientation is entirely appropriate amidst the novel's brutality and heartbreak. anastasia m. collins

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 November #1)

Sometimes the most terrifying horrors are not those involving monsters out of fantasy but those taken straight from today's headlines. Nijkamp's debut follows four high school students on their first day of the spring semester in Opportunity, Ala. Over the course of 54 minutes—the amount of time a gunman holds their school hostage—their lives collide. Each of the four has an intimate connection to the shooter, and all must find a way to face the unfolding tragedy. While Claire views the event from outside the school, Autumn, Sylv, and Tomás are on the front lines. Love, loyalty, bravery, and loss meld into a chaotic, heart-wrenching mélange of issues that unite some and divide others. A highly diverse cast of characters, paired with vivid imagery and close attention to detail, set the stage for an engrossing, unrelenting tale. The starkly chilling realism and themes of abuse, death, and assault, among others, may prove too much for younger or sensitive readers, but the story unquestionably leaves an indelible mark. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jennifer Udden, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 November)

Gr 8 Up—It's the start of the spring semester at Opportunity High School in Opportunity, AL, and the school day is progressing as normal—until one revenge-minded student brings violence to this sleepy, close-knit community. This novel takes place over the course of 54 tense minutes, as four main characters (all of whom also conveniently have siblings affected by the shooting) narrate their harrowing experiences and consider their relationships with the shooter. Nijkamp populates Opportunity High School with a diverse representation of students, enriching the book with their varied experiences and reactions to the horrifying turn of events. The four main narratives are joined by text messages, tweets, and blog entries interspersed throughout, allowing for more viewpoints and commentary without narrative clutter. Although the work is devastating, it offers a small moment of optimism and closure at the end without resorting to an incongruous tidy ending. VERDICT With a thrilling narrative, topical subject matter, and diverse characters, this is a first purchase for libraries serving teens.—Susannah Goldstein, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

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