Monday, 24 August 2015

Book Club #20 - All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

After practically forcing my good friend Dannie into reading Haus Frau so I could discuss it with her, when she suggested a book to me I nearly ran down to the library to grab a copy. That book was All The Bright Places. It’s a YA novel, which I do enjoy reading, but Dannie said it was a must read – and she was right. The story follows Theodore Finch and Violet Markey – two teenagers who are brought together at the top of a bell tower.

Nice raunchy pic of me in the bath as I forgot to do my usual white-wall style
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 mean, you just want to read more, right? Honestly, I picked up All The Bright Places and had to stop myself from reading it all in one go – mostly due to the fact I had work to do and such, but still. I had imagined one outcome for the story around halfway through, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I really didn’t expect the ending, and for once I didn’t find myself wondering if that was it. Maybe this book has broken my bad ending spell, I surely hope so! 

I think this book goes over a lot of issues that need addressing, such as thoughts on suicide, dealing with loss and bullying but I wouldn’t call this an ‘issue’ book, which some people like to mark YA novels as. If you like YA novels, then I would say definitely read this book! If not, you should probably still give it a go. Jennifer Niven has seven other novels – not aimed at the YA crowd – that I would like to pick up, just to see how it differs. 

Have you read All The Bright Places? Or anything else by Jennifer Niven?

Chelsea xo

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