Book review: ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars

Daniela’s review


Do you guys know how great it is to get out of a reading slump? It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. It had been a while since I last read a book. I had started a few but none got my attention, the way a book is supposed to get it, you know? It was soo sad. I just wasn’t in the mood and it made me sadder and sadder every day.

And then I started this book.

OH

MY

GOD.

What a wonderful and beautiful and sad and perfect way to start my reading challenge.

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.

It’s been a couple of days since I finished this book and I just couldn’t find the words until today to describe how much this book made me feel. I was so happy, happy, happy and then so worried and then so pissed of and then sad and then… there was like this sense of peace. I can’t really explain it, but I swear… there was this feeling of serenity, like everything did happen for a reason, and like everything was going to be ok, even though the book was over and this marvellous story had come to an end.

I am forever changed.

Well, as you can see, we have two main characters, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Theo or Finch has always had this weird thing with death. There have been days it’s the only thing he can think about, up until the moment he meets this girl who’s apparently wondering the same thing he’s wondered for years. He’s the personification of great timing and that’s an understatement.

Finch is a boy. He’s a man. He’s a poet. He’s a fighter. He’s heartbreaking. He’s a badass. He’s a vegetarian. He’s not a vegetarian.He’s amazing. He’s beautiful. He’s incredibly and perfectly wonderful. He’s flawed but he is so, so, so perfect in between all that.

He’s fearless, yet he’s afraid too. He’s afraid of losing, of not being worthy of love, of not being someone special to someone. There are a million and one things going on in his head and you just want to get inside to maybe just understand a fraction of it, because he’s all mind and heart and actions and words. I just love the mess of everything that he is.

He is all the colors in one.

I love everything there is to love him and more.

You make me lovely, and it’s so lovely
to be lovely to the one I love.

Then we have Violet. Ultraviolet Remarkey-able. She’s had a rough time for a while now. She can’t seem to find the light in this endless tunnel, but everything changes the second Finch says something to her up in that tower. She becomes his everything. He becomes her saviour. They save each other in a million different ways and it breaks my heart to think they needed that much saving, because there’s so much pain on both sides, but each manages to see the good in the other and the beauty of the world through each others’ eyes. Violet is a kind girl, full of light and a bit of darkness. She carries the weight of the world over her shoulders and she’s drowning. I saw her grow, overcoming her fears and becoming this wonderful girl, in need to be alive. I love her. I love what she meant to Finch. I love what Finch meant to her, what they both mean to me.

No more winter at all.
Finch, you brought me spring.

This book is elegance and euphoria.

This story touches a subject that, even though I don’t know much about it, it made me think about how much we take for granted. Sometimes people feel like they have absolute no choices in the matter of life, like no matter how much they try or don’t, they don’t feel like they’re enough and it saddens me in so many ways. Like I said, I don’t know much about mental illnesses, but I felt this book was true to it and handled the subject with the respect it deserves.

I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book. with all my heart. If you want to feel, if you want to cry, if you want to laugh, smile, fall in love, everything… read it.

You won’t regret it.

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