I just finished reading this book. And I don't really know what to say. All the Bright Places by the beautiful author Jenifer Niven; left me speechless. It was the kind of book I just placed on the table very slowly, and screamed internally...
So this is going to be my first ever book review. So bare with me. Jenifer Niven, if you are reading, *fan girl waves* I just want to say: Thank you for writing this book. You are amazing!
I was told that this book was going to tackle rather dark subjects, such as suicide, depression... you know, dark stuff. I was slightly scared to pick it up. Not cause I can't handle things like that. But cause I handle such things on a daily bases. (Don't freak out at that comment!)
The GoodReads description of this book compares it to The Fault in Our Stars. But I disagree. I think this book was more like Paper Towns by John Green.
The story starts on the top of a school bell tower, where both the main characters are contemplating suicide. (Best way to start off a book if you ask me... And not even in a bad way. Cause there is no way the reader is going to put it down at that point)
The book is narrated by Theodore Finch; The weird kid at school. And Violet Markey; the pretty popular girl. The story is about their wanderings. And how they learn to tackle life together. Violet learns to live, from a boy who wants to die. (start's crying)
|I found this picture on Pinterest, and made me think of them.|
My favorite character, would have to be Finch. I loved Violet. But there was something about Finch that held a special place in my heart. I don't even know what it was.
What I thought about the story: I thought it was very even. I liked the characters. The story and the message were very powerful, and goes much deeper. I feel like I could read this book again, (and I will) I feel like Jennifer gave the depression a voice through Finch.
I did have a little problem with the romance though (I hate saying negative things about peoples work) I mean, I saw the romance coming. This might just be a me thing, cause I get very uncomfortable when it comes to romances. #foreveralone... though I feel like the whole fling could have not been there. Or could have been less intense. The story would have worked either way. I still shipped it though.
Over all this was an amazing book. Even better that it was written from some of Jennifer's own experiences. And a friend of hers. It was just so beautiful... and sad... and like I said before. This book left me rather speechless.
Thank you guys for reading. Sorry it wasn't a professional kind of review. More just my opinion on this book. If you have read it, let me know what you though about this book. Did it touch your heart like it did mine? :)