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Book Review – All the Bright Places

Serena Helwani, Staff Writer, Cries at Books

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“Sometimes there’s beauty in the tough words- it’s all in how you read them.”

This quote from All the Bright Places sums up it’s meaning completely. Let me start off by saying that it is rare for a book written for teens to not have a happy ending, and that’s what made this book so extraordinarily different. There was no stereotypical “happily ever after”, this book was real in the way that it represented what is so often overlooked or not spoken about. It shines a much needed light on mental illnesses and suicide, and it was the first book I actually read that catered to teens in a raw, unfiltered way. I commend Jennifer Niven for writing a book that feels more like a reality.

When Violet met Finch, it was not in the most ideal way. Both were in the same position, but the journeys that brought them there were completely different. Little did either of them know that their lives were about to intertwine completely. Finch was not your typical high school douche, nor was he your cliche Romeo. He was dark and twisty, but everything changed once he met Violet. Violet was your regular high school teen girl, but all the pretending to be okay was catching up to her. Finch was a broken boy who was trying to balance the struggles of his suicidal thoughts along with attempting to love Violet. The reader follows the two characters throughout their crazy, unconventional love story that started off with something as simple as a school project, and ended with a bang. Be warned, I have never cried so much while reading a book before.

 

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