All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | A book review
It has been a while since I’ve read a novel, especially a YA one! All The Bright Places has been on my TBR-list for forever, and with the movie coming up I had to read it right away.
For some reason I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction lately. Though it’s very interesting, I couldn’t help but feel relieved to read a novel. With this book now finished, I think it’s time to start reading some Christmassy books!
But first a review of All The Bright Places. The synopsis is from Goodreads:
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.
My thoughts on All The Bright Places
Oh my gosh.. I had to take a minute to recover from this book.
All The Bright Places was a very cute and quirky YA novel at first. The characters are amazing and both the main characters have depth. That alone makes the book amazing.
But the whole book has these serious undertones. The book starts with both Finch and Violet on the edge of a bell tower, thinking about suicide. And throughout the book, both suicide and depression are an important theme.
But it’s not dark at all. I really loved the slow burn romance, the friendships, but most of all the characters. Finch and Violet are very interesting characters that have demons from the past and sometimes the present. It made the book feel so realistic, which just adds to the emotions it gave me.
Then the plot, which is amazingly beautiful and heart-breakingly tragic. It made me laugh a couple of times and definitely made me cry in the end.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I hope the movie does the book justice.
Final rating of this book
That goes without saying, I think. 5/5 ⭐
Which book turned to movie would you recommend?