Monday, February 23, 2015

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I admit I added All The Bright Places because the blurb compared it to Eleanor and Park and The Fault In Our Stars, two of my favorite reads. But I loved All The Bright Places because it was beautiful and honest. Seriously, I had all the feels.
Violet is counting the days til graduation. Then she can get out the small Indiana town she lives in and try to get over her sister's death. Finch wants to stay awake. For Finch, he can fall into these long sleeps where he misses entire months. A chance encounter binds the two of together and changes their lives.

I loved Finch. He was a combination of Sutter Keely and a guy I liked in college. I was so glad that Niven told the story from both Violet's and Finch's point of view. The chapters don't alternate but you hear from both characters. At the beginning both Finch and Violet are so messed up. Neither of the believe that anyone can understand them. But they realize that they can help each other and slowly fall in love. I thought Niven does an excellent job of tackling hard topics like grief, mental illness, and suicide. I adored Finch and Violet's relationship with each other, with their parents, and with their families.

A beautiful story with gorgeously flawed characters. I would recommend this in a heartbeat but you might cry at the end. Others who shared their thoughts on All The Bright Places: My Shelf Confessions, Read. Breathe. Relax., The Midnight Garden, and UrbanMoms.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you liked this one! I may have to give it a try after all. I keep hearing so many good things.


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