Hello! For today’s post, I’ve decided to do a book review. I’ve been reading Jennifer Niven’s first young adult novel, All the Bright Places, and thought I’d share my thoughts on this book with you.
Book title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Book Summary: 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. How far will Violet go to save the boy she’s come to love? ♥
My review: All the Bright Places is a heartbreakingly honest book. The storyline is based on two suicidal teenagers, Violet Markey, popular girl, and former cheerleader, and Theodore Finch, social outcast, and freak. Violet is devastated by her sister’s death and blames herself for it. Theodore comes from a broken family and doesn’t get along with his father. He is also prone to sudden mood swings and has a long history of acting out. When Violet and Finch meet on their school bell tower, their story begins to focus on not only their personal growth but budding romance as they learn more about themselves and the world around them, during wanders around Indiana.
Both Violet and Finch are very well written and developed characters. All the Bright Places does a fantastic job of portraying what life for a depressed and somewhat suicidal person is like. As a person who suffers from depression, I was able to connect with Finch’s feelings of hopelessness, how he needed to find an active reason to stay alive, and how, as hard as he tried to keep moving forward in life; to feel alive, he still had suicidal thoughts. I would definitely recommend this book to read.