One of the goals I have set myself for the second half of 2016 is to read more books. The last books I read were the Twilight series, back in what? 2007? 2008? A long time ago!!! So I jumped on the good old bandwagon and bought All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. And thank god I did!! Seriously, if you have not read this book yet, go go go!
It falls under young adult fiction, and is a tale of two students from completely different friendship groups – Finch, who is deeply unhappy, and Violet who has just lost her sister. The book follows the two as they become friends, each fighting their own battles. It is definitely a book about mental illness, self-discovery, fear, love and courage.
Jennifer Niven has a very easy-to-follow and descriptive, yet complex way of writing, and I absolutely adored it! She writes about mental illness and suicide in a very sensitive and relatable way. It is FULL of beautiful, well-written quotes and one-liners that I enjoyed. Reading this book, I felt like I was a fly on the wall wherever the two characters were. I had both Finch and Violet’s characters down to a tee in my mind. Both were such different characters yet I could relate to both very easily.
I would recommend this read to anyone of any age! It’s not your typical romance boy-meets-girl story. You will definitely laugh, shed a tear, and most definitely be wow’ed by the end of the book.