This is how it ends
by Jen Nadol
"If you could see the future, would you want to? After the disturbing visions Riley and his friends see turn out to be more than hallucinations, fate takes a dangerous twist in this dark and suspenseful page-turner.
Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend—a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years?
In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true...including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. But who is the murderer? Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events?"
This book turned out to be so much more than I expected !
I enjoyed everything and I'm happy to tell you why you have to read this novel.
The blurb tells why I wanted to read this book but let me sum up : mystery, love triangle, male point of view and page turner (which I can also certify !). Not neceserly in that order but you add the cover and for me, it was really good reasons to buy and read it.
First, I loved Riley, like, a lot ! I adore books with male POV and I wasn't disappointed at all with him. He is totally my type ! But seriously, I thought he was a three dimensional character. He wasn't perfect or right all the time and I think that's refreshing. I think he was very realistic, as if he was one of my best firends too. (well where was he when I had my math exercices to do? haha) I love that he was a "nerd", his smartness was really cute and important too. Sometimes he was funny and sarcastic, I loved it.
And the way he's growing up through the pages is touching. He has to go through a lot, his memories are well displayed so we can pick up some clues and learn more about him and his friends at the same time. That was really well done !
Though I wasn't a big fan of Trip, the best friend, I liked all the other characters. They were also genuine and moving. They all had secrets and scars and I loved how everything was intertwined. I also enjoyed thatthere was this "small town" atmosphere, evryone know everyone's secrets... But for Riley, the binoculars kind of helped to reveal his friends' secrets and fears. Nothing will be the same afterwards.
About the mystery and where it leads us, I was quickly immersed into the investigation. I had my own theories, just like when I watched Pretty Little Liars. You could think the answer is easy or should be more surprising/shocking but it didn't bother me at all. Actually, I think the investigation about who is the killer is not the main and strongest mystery of the book. You have to read to understand what I mean. The end, unlike the characters, I didn't see see it coming. And if Jen Nadol could give us a sequel, I'd be forever thankful !
The romance here wasn't superficial or too much. It was perfect ! There were real sentimental issues as what would you do if your biggest crush is finally seeing you the way you want but is still in relationship with your best friend? It was again, realistic. I love Sarah because she reminded me of some of John Green's character : she was complicated, substantial, smart and funny. There was a lovely chemistry between her and Riley. I wish we could see more of this and them in a sequel... But don't worry, it was really satisfying !
Well, the last thing you need to know is : you have to read This is how it ends ! It's a fast and great read. The pace is perfect and you don't get bored ! I hope you will follow my advice and read this awesome YA paranormal novel.
Thank you and happy reading !