Book: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Published: January 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Summary: 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 Review: What just happened? I swear, this book went from 0 to 100 in like 2.5 seconds. I don’t know how I feel about this book. I don’t think I’ve fully registered everything that’s happened. I literally finished this only five minutes before I started to sit down and type this review up. I usually give myself a day before I write a review, to let it settle in, but I just feel this need to write it now. So if it’s a bit of a mess and emotional, that’s why.
We’ll start with happy things, yes? Yes.
This is my wonderful, crazy Finch:
And this is definitely the Violet I pictured (and she’s casted for the movie coming out!):
I was so in love with this book the second I started it. It was witty, quirky, and reminded me a lot of something John Green would have written. But I think that last part is because who doesn’t think of that man when you think depressed, quirky YA novel? I mean really.
To sum this book up without spoilers, here’s a quick gif review.
OKAY NOW THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS HERE. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
I’m really not okay with how fast Finch died. I mean, I guess that’s pretty damn accurate to how suicide really is and how it affects people, but I’m not okay. One second they’re there, the next they’re gone, which is exactly how he was toward the end. It’s so sad and honestly, the more I’m thinking about it the more I wanna cry. I’m probably going to go read a cute book now and try not to get my heart ripped out again. Thank you, Ms. Niven. Thank you for hurting my soul.
Side note: My god does this book have some amazing playlists made for it. This has to be my favorite one so far. I listened to it the entire time I was reading this thing.
Rating: 4 pumpkin cats