All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
⚪️ Source: review copy courtesy of Penguin via Netgalley – thank you!
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.
⚪️ My review:
There are some books that the whole world seriously needs to know about, and without a single doubt in my mind, All The Bright Places is one of them. It’s a devastating read that is so strong, but yet also so very delicate. Because of that it leaves you breathless, heartbroken, but somehow stronger, happy and fulfilled.
The plot is an emotional, personal and dramatic. Teamed up with great pacing and an overall easy approach that will have you both laughing out loud and crying with snot bubbles, it is a perfect combination. Written in first person from the point of view of two seventeen year olds both suffering from mental health issues . They are Theodore Finch, or Finch to us. And Violet Markey, or Ultraviolet Remarkey-able to us and Finch.
Finch and Violet meet in the school watch tower one morning, where both were planning on committing suicide. Randomly after this they are assigned partners in a geography project. Which takes them looking at the offerings of their town and surrounding areas. It’s here that the start of Finch and Violet’s friendship begins. A story of a lost pair who find solace and a deep mutual understanding in one another. Were one learns to live from one who intends to die.
With a firm focus on the stigma that unfortunately still surrounds mental health today. It helps to show just how damaging that can actually be. With such a controversial, delicate and diverse subject to deal with, it has been dealt amazingly by author Jennifer Niven. She has shown nothing but grace and compassion. Not only that, she has shown herself to be a clever and meticulous writer, with a huge heart, and a way with words that can transform the deep, dark and dreary into positivity, light and love.
Trying to write this review has been ridiculously difficult for me. It’s honestly hard to describe the ineffable love I actually have for this book. I seriously could not write anything that would do this book justice. I have never and most probably will not ever read anything so intense, heartbreaking, lovely, funny, romantic, passionate and real again. It’s stunning. And, for a debut novel it certainly does not get better than this.
YA book of 2015? I think so.
You can learn about author Jennifer Niven from her website and social media accounts.
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