Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published On: 6th January, 2015.
Print Length: 378 Pages.
About The Author: New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Niven has always wanted to be a Charlie’s Angel, but her true passion is writing. All the Bright Places is her first novel for young adult readers, but she has written four novels for adults – American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive – as well as three nonfiction books – The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiance and three literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favourite place to wander.
About The Book: All the Bright Places was the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2015, and named a Best Book of the Year by Time Magazine, NPR, the Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, YALSA, Barnes & Noble, BuzzFeed, the New York Public Library, and others. It was also the #1 Kids’ Indie Next Book for Winter ’14-’15 and SCIBA’s Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
That is what the book has accomplished apart from spending more than 30 weeks as New York Times bestseller. All you need to know about the book before reading it is that it is the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.
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.
They meet on a ledge and their whole lives change from that moment onwards.
Review: I finished this book a couple of days ago. The reason I waited so long to write the review is that I was still absorbing it. I was waiting for the void it left behind in its wake to be filled. I loved reading every single word of it. Even the ones that made me cry my eyes out. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried on more than one occasion. If a book manages to make me cry, it automatically becomes one of my favourite books. This book had everything. It had humour. It had suspense. It had adventure. It had thrill. It had romance. I have never rated a book 5 stars because nothing is perfect but this came pretty close.
The book has gotten its fair share of hate and that is why it has been sitting on my shelf for the past six months. I was reluctant to read it but I am glad I did. People have the reservation that it romanticizes a mental illness and depression. It does, but it does so in a way that raises awareness and points out what is wrong in the society and how people shy away from talking about what they actually feel. In my opinion, people who are focusing on only that aspect missed the point of the book. It had so much more to offer than that.
This book made me laugh. It made me cry. It taught me the lesson that life is what you make it. I am surprised there aren’t “______ is life” sweatshirts and hoodies in the market already. Movie rights have already been sold and Elle Fanning is cast as the main actress with Jennifer writing the script. I know I will be among the first ones lining up to see the movie as soon as it hits the theatres.
In the end. I will urge you all to read this piece of beautiful tragedy.
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