Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Review: All the Bright Places

Title All the Bright Places

Author Jennifer Niven

Release Date January 6, 2015

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.

I'd like to write a remarkable and lovely review. I'd like to say something poetic about All the Bright Places. I don't have those words. And even if I did, I'm not sure I could stop crying long enough to formulate them into coherent thoughts.

Read this book. And when, like me, you're halfway through the book and not sure how you feel about it... keep reading. Keep reading because that moment that makes reading the book worth it is coming. And I'm sorry in advance if you spend the tail end of the book in tears.

All the Bright Places is amazing. And yes, I still believe that even though it's heart-wrenching and I've spent the last hour in tears.


5 out of 5 stars

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