The New York Times best-selling title This Is Where It Ends by debut author Marieke Nijkamp came out on January 5, 2016. But in March, a similarly-titled young adult contemporary title hit shelves: This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang, the author of 2014’s critically-acclaimed Falling Into Place.
There is no shortage of books with the same title. This Flavorwire article from 2013 gives a good run-down. That’s because it’s not possible to copyright a title, just the text of the work itself. (Trademark is a different story that I’m not going to get into here.)
Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends is the story of a school shooting.
“A brief description of the book in my own words is surprisingly hard, because I adapted the tagline into my pitch almost as soon as I saw it,” said Nijkamp with a wink.
This Is Where It Ends takes place over the course of 54 minutes and follows four teens who all have a reason to fear the boy with the gun. You can recognize it by its stunning cover of breaking chalk that appears to have been shot.
Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends is “a book about friendship. A lot of other things, too—being burnt out from school and stressed about the future and keeping up appearances—but I think that it all comes back to friendship, and the different forms of it. It’s a book about toxic friendships and complacent ones and convenient ones and true, wholesome ones.” Her cover is blue with feathers in a similar style to her first book Falling Into Place.
Publishers often change titles in the publication process. Nijkamp said her book was originally called “We Are Opportunity.”
Zhang’s book only had one title but she likes to remind me that I called it “Revenge of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”
To avoid confusion among readers of YA Interrobang, we’re providing a quick guide to the difference between the two books. Though they are both well-received, I personally recommend you get both!