| BOOK REVIEW | ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES BY JENNIFER NIVEN

all the bright placesAll The Bright Places
Author : Jennifer Niven
Genres : Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication : January 2015 by Penguin

Goodread’s synopsis : 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.


Guys. Guys. The feels.
I LOVED it.

It’s about a boy who wants to die (Finch) learning to a girl how to live (Violet).
It’s about two broken teenagers.

Theodore Finch is dealing with angst issues. He has some black out moments where he just kind of sleeps.
Violet has lost her sister in a car accident. She survived, Eleanor died.

The two of them first met on the ledge of the school bell tower. They both were thinking of committing suicide. Finch saved her and fell for her. He decides to help her, he wants her to live, and to be happy.

They’re together on this cool school project where they have to wander and take notes.

It’s such a good book. Jennifer Niven’s writing style is really great. Plus,I’ve never read anything about mental illness. It’s really interesting. You can feel their distress, their call for help, sometimes heard, sometimes ignored.

This book helps the readers see the people behind those mental illnesses. And we get a view about how they feel. Because it’s not as “noble” to announce as some other diseases such as heart diseases. So yeah, I really enjoyed this book, even though it broke my heart.

It also talked to me because years ago I also suffered from a kind of depression. I had suffered for 2 years from a chronic pain. And since there were no amelioration, it was depressing. I couldn’t picture me living the rest of my life with this permanent pain.
So this story really talked to me.

You are all the colors in one, at full brightness

I highly recommend it !

5 stars

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