Monday, February 16, 2015

All The Bright Places

"It's not what you take. It's what
you leave."
Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

First Published: 2015

Series: Stand-alone

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Available As: Paperback, Ebook

My Rating: 9.5/10

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Meet Finch. The boy who wants to die. Meet Violet, the girl who wants to live again. How did they meet? On a bell-tower. What happened afterwards? They found peace.

It's an absolutely amazing book. It really makes you think about life and death, especially with the people suffering from depression and those who think about suicide. It unearths all these questions that have different answers, and you just want to keep reading and reading in hope for one.

The book deals with loss, suicide and all these kinds of touchy subjects. But it really opens up the topic and that's how we can learn about what really happens. Suicide is not an easy topic to talk/write/read about, but Niven does a great job at it.

I miss Finch. He was the best character and the perfect boyfriend for Violet. Aaaand, that never really happens. Sorry, spoiler there!

I cried. And cried. And cried. I've never cried so much over a book since TFIOS. And that wasn't even waterworks. That was just sniffles. Why?! This book made me cry too much. That's how good it is. Well, bad for my eyes though. They're a tiny bit swollen.

Definitely recommended if you want a heart-warming but heart-breaking read. Woah, that's a bit contradicting. Oh well. :)

Extra note: if you are suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts, please, tell somebody. You are not alone, and you never will be. There are hotlines where you can talk to people if things get too unbearable. Talking really helps.

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