Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: January 6, 2015 by: Knopf
Rating: 5/5 stars
*major spoilers ahead; highlight white text to reveal them*
All The Bright Places was the brilliant story of a boy named Theodore Finch, who is obsessed with the idea of death, and a girl named Violet, who feels like she wants to die. When the two meet in an spring of fate, they both set out to help the other overcome their obstacles. They save each other.
This. book. was. amazing. When I saw it on Goodreads being described as The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park, I couldn't resist. This book stood it's own and will honestly impact me forever.
To the first positive of this book, the writing was so beautiful. I could practically quote this entire book because Niven was so clever at writing it, and it was very emotional. There was not a single line that did not have an impact.
The second positive, is the character development. The two main protagonists start off to be very broken, but throughout the course of the book you can really feel them trying to pick up the pieces, and live happier lives. Theodore was just an amazing human being, and I felt extremely connected to him. He was so supportive, funny and brilliant.
I loved the message of this book. Yes, it is essentially about suicide and death, however it wasn't such a heavy and really hard book. It was realistic and showed the incredible story of how to conquer something inside. Even though the ending had me sobbing, I was actually happy with how everything turned out. Yes, I was extremely upset to see Theodore die, but I liked how Niven kept it real. It wasn't a predictable ending in the sense that everyone gets better and lives happily ever after. She showed that suicide is a real issue, that needs more awareness surrounding it. Even though Violet is a fictional character, I hope that she lives a content life now knowing how much she meant to Theodore.
Overall, this book was so well thought out, and really has a different take on a heavy topic. I encourage you all to read this as I am certain that anyone will take something out of it. Hopefully, we can stop innocent lives being taken by suicide soon.
Have you read All The Bright Places? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess