All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
All the Bright Places was an interesting novel about mental illness.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I was kind of skeptical to read this book at first. It had gotten so much hype, but I didn't like the part of the summary that said, "Theodore Finch is fascinated by death.'' I wasn't real sure that that would be my type of book. But when it popped up of a competition book list, I finally decided to read it.
I have heard so many rave reviews about this, and it disappointed me. It was very depressing and theological. However, I did like the beginning off this book. It started out in the bell tower, where they both tried to kill themselves. As I progressed through the book, I felt like Violet was misrepresented in the beginning. She was said to be a really popular girl, but she seemed nerdy and depressed.
Violet had lost her sister in a car accident, and she believed she was at fault. Otherwise, she was halfway likable.
Finch was strange. He was supposed to be quirky, but he actually had a mental illness. He was nice and sweet to Violet, but was also kind of strange, like knowing about a bunch of poets.
The romance was one of the redeeming qualities in this book. Once Violet warmed up to Finch, they were a very cute couple.
This was a okay book that reminded me a lot of The Fault in Our Stars.
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