All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Oh boy, I’m so terribly late with writing and uploading my reviews! But this is a rather special book: it is the one that completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge! Yeah, you heard that right! I did set my aim quite low (considering I hadn’t really read much for a few years), but it feels good to have completed something. Also, All The Bright Places was a really lovely – sad, but lovely – read!IMG_3961Title | All The Bright Places
Author | Jennifer Niven
Published | 2014
Language | English
Pages | 388
Goodreads rating | 4/5
Book Depository | paperback editionIMG_3960Summary
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. (Goodreads)IMG_3967First sentence:

Is today a good day to die?

All The Bright Places is great. You know there are those books that you can’t wait to dive into, although you know they’re sad and perhaps do not have a happy ending? Well, this is that kind of book. Niven’s writing, the fact that it was very autobiographical, the references to various other authors (need to read something by Virginia Woolf soon!) and the character of Finch made this book a very, very good read.IMG_3965-001All The Bright Place is about mental illness and not everyone might be in the mood for something like it, but I think the book’s greatest merit is the fact that it deals with its topic in a serious but also very unconstrained way. It’s first and foremost about the wonderful friendship and love between Finch and Violet and their individual struggles.

He says, ‘Being sucked into a black hole would pretty much be the coolest way to die. It’s not like anyone has firsthand experience, and scientists can’t decide if you would spend weeks floating past the event horizon before being torn apart or soar into a kind of maelstrom of particles and be burned alive. I like to think of what it would be like if we were swallowed, just like that.’

IMG_3965I’d highly recommend this book to anyone – it’s lovely, sweet, sad, true and absolutely heartbreaking …


Have you read any novels on difficult topics like this recently?


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