Wednesday, May 27, 2015

All The Bright Places: By Jennifer Niven



Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


All the Bright Pages is absolutely devastating.

The main characters Finch and Violet are gorgeously written and utterly heartbreaking. Jennifer Niven explores the intricacies of manic depression, of loss of a loved one, of loneliness, and of first love.

While all of those things could lead to a poorly written and cheesy book, All the Bright Places is anything but. Niven's descriptions and depictions into each of these tough to talk about issues is absolutely jaw dropping in its clarity of insight and ability to tight walk the pitfalls most writers fall in. Readers will positively feel the turmoil of emotion rolling off of the book between the changes in Finch's moods, readers will be heartbroken when Finch makes bad decisions thinking he can't turn to anyone, and they will be ecstatic as his love with Violet helps the two of them grow and heal.

All in all I loved this book, it broke my heart, but that shows just how well written the characters are. I easily recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that will pull on your emotions and that will reel you in until you finish the last page with tears streaming from your face desperately wanting more.


Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: January 6, 2015

Price: $17.99

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