All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven
“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.” -Goodreads
[[Note: This review has a few spoilers, read on at your own risk.]] One would assume when faced with a novel titled “All the Bright Places” that the story would be up-beat and end cheerfully… I was completely deceived. I typically tend to avoid sad stories because I enjoy happy endings (this is the reason I refuse to read novels about the Holocaust). While I ended up crying profusely, I am glad I read it. The novel covers very difficult topics, grief, depression, and suicide. Despite the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to not lose anyone to suicide, the authors writing style clearly illustrated the struggles of depression and mental illness. She shows how stigma affects those who are ill and through all this I empathized with the characters. Shortly after finishing the novel I had dinner with my family and I was still crying. This heartbreaking novel is worthy of four stars because of the author’s ability to clearly convey these difficult topics.
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