Book Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
There are spoilers included in this review.
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.
Honestly, this book didn’t really make me speechless, and I was very surprised. I had high expectations for this book because of all the hype online and how it was compared to infamous books such as The Fault in Our Stars or Eleanor & Park, so I decided to purchase a copy at the bookstore and read it. The storyline was pretty similar to the Fault In Our Stars, in a lot of ways. Another thing that kind of pissed me off was that nobody treated their mental illness like it was legitimate, they thought it wasn’t anything big. They never took it seriously and that’s what kind of what was on my mind reading this whole thing. It seems a little forced, the story escalates pretty quickly, if you ask me. There was just too much ‘classic’ characteristics about these characters, the characters involved in a book about a serious issue, like cancer or suicide or mental illness.
However, if you enjoyed the book/could relate to the characters, that’s totally fine. This one just wasn’t for me, unfortunately. Know that I’m just sharing my honest opinion; I’m not really for these contemporary books. I would’ve loved to love this book. This is just my personal opinion, and I hope you can understand that.
This is a very short review because I have nothing much to say about this book.
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