Friday, 27 February 2015

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nevin.


Book: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Nevin

Pages: 388

Read On: Kindle

How Long it Took Me To Read: 4 days

Plot 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.

General Thoughts: Every time I see that a book is a mix of this book and that book, I am instantly put out. I hate books that exist simply because another book of the same genre has done well. Like all the sexy books that came after 50 Shades of Grey and alll the manyyyyyyyyyyyyy vampire books that came after Twilight. This book is said to be a mix between Eleanor and Park and The Fault in our Stars. I was in no tearing hurry to read this book. 

But sometime last week...I started reading this book and was pulled in by the characters of this book. 

Things I Liked: 

1. The writing was just lovely. Simple but beautiful, genuine and heart-felt. I really enjoyed the style of writing. 

2. Finch....was just.......amazing. I loved him. He was magic, messy, smart, confused, hurting, angry, brave and just wonderful. 

3. Violet, I really liked her too. She is a writer, who isn't sure she is meant to be writing anymore. Normally, in books like this, split between two character, one tends to like one character more than the other. I definitely liked Finch more but I really liked Violet too. 

4. Split between Finch and Violet, we got to see their worlds very well and understood them and their issues well too! 

5. The bits about the 'wandering' was my absolute favourite. Travel, wanderlust and exploring are always great to read about. 

6. Many book and bookish things were mentioned in this book and of course I adored it all. 

7. Finch and Violet falling in love is also shown in a very genuine and slow and natural way. 

8. The book deals with many hard topics but each of these are dealt with sensitively. 

9. Violet has a blog/ezine and reading about a blogger just makes me happy. :) 

Things I Didn't Like: 

1. I felt like too many things, too many issues were cramped into one book. Suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, depression, abuse, violence, bullying, death, loss and grief. Too many things for one book. 

2. I didn't understand Finch's parents, well his dad was an asshat but his mom? Why couldn't she see how her son was suffering? 

Rating: 4/5 

TRIGGER WARNINGS for Suicide, Self-Harm and Depression. If these things make you very uncomfortable...do not read this book. 

Also this book will break your heart..so be prepared for it. :) 

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