Book Review

Review | All the Bright Places

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Hello starry readers.
Today I give you a book review of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

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Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Coming of age

Publishing Date: January 6, 2015

Pages: 378

Publisher: Knopf

 

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Synopsis

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might die, bit every day he also searches for – manages to to find – something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

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

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school – six stories above the ground – it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of the state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising – just like life.

Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a bold, funny, live-out-loud guy, who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet, to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begin to shrink.

This is a heart-wrenching, unflinching story of loved shared, life lived, and two teens who find one another while standing on the edge.

Review

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local bookstore Bookmark Boutique, here in Puerto Rico, to a in-store signing with Jennifer Niven. Her YA book All the Bright Places has been on my wish list since it came out last year. But for some reason I have never got it. The day of the signing I finally got the book and had the pleasure to meet the lovely Jennifer Niven. It was so much fun and because of her reading from the book and talking about it I decided that this one was going to be my next read.

5 out of 5 stars

Well I finished the book and let me tell you, I loved every single page of it. It took me a while to read the book, not because it was bad. I think it was a mix of fighting a reading slump or the fact that I was so nervous of reading because I was attached to Finch since page one.

From the very beginning I fell in love with Theodore Finch. I wanted to protect him, keep him safe, make sure that he is loved.
Violet was the kind of girl I would love to have for a best friend (love to my real life best friend of 24 years that without her I’ll be nothing) She was really like able and normally I would be annoyed with the way she handle some things in the first part of the book. I was worried about her too.

The story is from both perspective and the way it was written was so raw and emotional that you just get invested in these characters. It deals with mental Illness and suicide, but at the same time is about love under all those circumstances. It was heartbreaking, lovely, humorous, dark, etc. It was just perfect.

*Rant Time*

I hated Finch parents, mostly his mother. Everytime his mother would be mentioned I would get so angry and wanted to get inside the book and shake he up and scream at her “Take care of your family!” “Can’t you see your son needs you?!” She was so into her heartbreak and into feeling sorry for herself that she was more a woman than a mother. She never was a real mother to her family and that got me to a point that I would say “no wonder your husband left you” Don’t get me wrong Finch father is also a big asshole but somehow I got more aggravated with her than with his dad.

*Rant Over*

This book overall was amazing. Really fast paced. You get hooked from page one. Jennifer Niven writes in such a lovely way that is poetic. Also this book will get you into reading anything from Virginia Woolf.

Jennifer Niven has become an auto buy author for me thanks to this book. Can’t wait for her next book “Holding Up the Universe” to come out in October.

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