Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well. This is my first post on The Book & Beauty Geek and, truthfully, I’m rather nervous; writing this is a lot like the first day at school, when all you can worry about is making a good first impression. I want to make a good first impression on you, my readers. But, enough rambling and let me introduce today’s topic! I shall be reviewing All The Bright Places, a book that made my laugh and cry, feel happy and angry, sometimes all at once.
All The Bright Places has two main characters: Violet Markey and Theodore Finch. The book is narrated by both characters, frequently alternating between the two of them (however, not so frequently that you get confused!). They meet on the edge of the school bell tower and Violet is about to jump; fortunately, Finch talks her down. They become friends and Violet slowly begins learning how to live again, from Finch, who’s world is plunging into darkness.
The story is set in the US state, Indiana. Right from the beginning, the location plays a big part in the forward motion of the story. Violet and Finch become friends whilst working on a Geography project together called ‘Wandering Indiana’. They’re expected to visit a range of wild and wacky places and come up with a creative way to document their travels.
A variety of themes are explored in this book, all of rather a mature nature, I must say. Love, trust and mental health are the three that stand out to me, but there’s a few more, too.
What I really liked about this book was the pace; there was not a dull moment. I also loved the life-likeness of both main characters; I was engrossed in their world and feeling their emotions. I might go as far to say that it’s one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read and it will stick with me forever.
What I didn’t like so much was the unhappy ending (I was in floods of tears!). However, I do understand why Jennifer Niven, the author, ended the book in such a way; it shows how suicide affects the people left behind.
I would 100% recommend this book, but only to mature readers aged 13 and up, perhaps?
So, you’ve come to end of my first ever blog post, a review on a remarkable book! If you’ve read All The Bright Places, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it; just leave a comment below! Or if you’d like to read it, hearing that would make me happy, too, because I think all of you should have the pleasure!
You can purchase All The Bright Places on Amazon for £3.85 by clicking here!