The fourth book in my challenge is called All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven! This book was so sad, so if you like a good ol’ sad book then this is definitely there for you.
The story focuses on two characters: Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. They both come from different backgrounds but Finch has a suicidal nature to him and Markey is in a state of mourning after losing her sister in a car crash. They meet at the top of a bell tower and the story goes on describing how they live off each other.
An exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground—it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising—just like life.
Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a bold, funny, live-out-loud guy, who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and starts living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
This is a heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, a life lived, and two teens who find one another while standing on the edge.
This book from beginning to end was thrilling and gripping. I found it thrilling because it allowed me to go into a suicidal’s head (that may sound really bad…oh well) and understand what one person was thinking. It also helped me learn how others deal with it in different ways. Overall I really liked this book, but I couldn’t help noticing some similarities with TFIOS. For example, it is about a boy called Theodore Finch, a peculiar name like Augustus Waters from TFIOS. Theodore also has the same ending as Augustus Waters. It is the protagonist’s first/last love. I won’t name any more similarities because the list goes on, but yeah I thought that aspect was a bit interesting of the book, so if you like TFIOS then you will surely love All the Bright Places.
Do I recommend this book?
Yes, I do, I would give it 9/10 stars.
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