Title : All The Bright Places
Author : Jennifer Niven
ISBN : 9780385755887
Publisher : Knopf
Genre : Young Adult
Pages : 378
Source : Self
Rating : 4 stars
This is the story of two teenagers- Theodore Finch, with a broken family and suicidal tendencies and Violet Markey, a forlorn girl recuperating from the death of her sister. They are together in the high school when they come close and brew up their love story.
But this is not a normal love story, for these two are not normal people, both are broken beyond limits, though due to different reasons and the way their love story moves on is very distinct, comforting yet disturbing at some points.
The ending, no matter how heartbreaking it might be, is the USP of this story and makes it remarkable and different from other YA fiction.
This book unlike other YA fiction doesn’t condescend and doesn’t sound corny or try too hard.
“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”
The novel touches on depression, death and suicide. It paints a picture of love on a canvas of pain. One of the things that will really draw the reader is the portrayal of the characters. The characters feel very real and capture the life of someone who feels a variety of emotions, the confusion and pretenses of being a teenager.
The most important thing about this novel is it spreads awareness about mental illness and suicide. The book talks about an important issues that needs more recognition especially with young people.
The book gives light on how young people should understand and deal with people who suffer from depression, bulimia, bipolar disorders and other mental illnesses.
One of the most popular books of 2015, it is a must read if you loved “Fault in Our Stars” and are a fan of the likes of John Green and Rainbow Rowell.
If these are not your genre, you can choose to ignore.