All the Bright Places - Book Review

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Started: June 30, 2015 | Finished: July 6, 2015

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Published by Knopf on January 6, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Pages: 388
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1

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.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

I fell in love with this book, plain and simple! Such a beautifully well-written book that deals with Mental Health in a real way.

Finch was a character that immediately loved and he sky-rocketed to one of my all-time fav book characters. Here's a guy who is quirky and odd, and in no way a freak. He goes through different phases of 80s Finch, Badass Finch, Homeless Finch, Nerd Finch, etc. He battles with depression and is bi-polar. He describes it as being Awake and being Asleep. Throughout the book he is Awake, and is fighting so hard to stay Awake for this girl he falls for.

Violet starts off the book as a very guarded, very keeps to herself character as she's dealing with the death of her sister. They were in a car accident together, her sister, Eleanor, died and she lived. It's only when she meets Finch, and starts to work on a Geography assignment together that she starts to learn to live again, and love again as she falls for this guy who teaches her how. Violet's a character that really grew on me. The more she opened up, the more you loved her.

As a person who suffers with Mental Health of a different kind, it is nice to get a new perspective on other forms of illness. This book deals with it in such a real way that it's appreciated. It is something that needs to be talked about and understood. It's not something you can just slap a label on it, and move on. You can never know what's really going on with a person and what they are dealing with on a daily basis. It helps to talk about it, and it helps to learn more. At the end of this book the Author left an Author's note that is worth reading, along with website links to help you learn more or if you're struggling, places to go to get help!

This book is beautiful, and tragic, and lovely! The love story in it is so wonderful as these two characters learn so much from each other, and love each other so much. I also found out this book is being made into a movie, and that Elle Fanning will be playing Violet. I can't wait to see the movie, and to find out who they cast as Finch.

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