All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven
“The thing i realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”
In the unlikeliest of ways, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are thrust together by the universe at the time they need each other most. They meet on the ledge of the bellower at their high school in Bartlett, Indiana, both prepared to jump and leave the world behind, but they decided to stay and it is unclear who actually saves who.
This is the story of a girl who was saved by a boy who could not even save himself.
Okay, so I know the summary is sort of short for this one, BUT I think its important to go into this without any expectations or knowing the plot (sorry, but you’ll thank me later).
I almost have no words for this book, ALMOST. Jennifer Niven does a remarkable job portraying the ins and outs of mental illness in teenagers and how it affects their ability to live their everyday lives. She spotlights the struggles and behaviors of those who are at a constant war with their mind, all while under the high school pressure to “fit in”. All the Bright Places shows its readers that not everyone is able to navigate life with ease even if it seems that way; it shows that people need people more than they are willing to admit. Although this is a story of loss and suffering, more than anything All the Bright Places is a story of hope, forgiveness, and learning to live.
*TRIGGER WARNING: This book does cover issues such as bipolar disorder, abuse, suicide, and death, so if any of these are triggers for you I would maybe suggest finding another read 🙂
You can purchase the book here.
FIVE STARS!!! (If I could have given 1,000,000 I would have)