Tuesday, 5 January 2016

All The Bright Places

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Despite saying in my most previous book post that I'd hardly been reading at all, I have managed to read this book in a matter of days. This book has been described as the fault in our stars meets eleanor & park, both of which I loved so I knew I'd love this book instantly too.

Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school. The two characters are from completely different social circles; Finch is the school freak, known for his unpredictable nature, and Violet is one of the 'cool' crowd. Finch is obsessed with the idea of death, always researching new ways to die whilst Violet wants to escape the grief she's experiencing as a result of her sisters death. Both are on the ledge, thinking about jumping off, but after a brief conversation they decide to live. It appears that Finch saves Violet, but as Finch is the school 'freak', word gets around that Violet saved Finch which turns her into a bit of a hero.

In their next U.S Geography class together, Finch picks Violet as his class project partner. Their task is to discover the wonders of their home state, Indiana, and write a report on what they've explored and found. Although Violet is initially annoyed about having to work with Finch, the two of them become close, eventually falling in love with each other. Violet is the only person Finch can truly be himself around and Violet begins to come out of her shell, experiencing life again rather than hiding away.

But as Violet begins to grow, Finch's world becomes smaller and smaller. With the label of Bipolar becoming a real possibility for him, Finch disappears leaving only a few clues as to where he might be. Violet gets help from her parents, Finch's parents and school counsellors, but as he is emailing home once a week, Finch isn't declared missing. Months pass without Violet hearing a thing, until she suddenly receives messages from him, quoting Virginia Woolf, and ultimately letting Violet know where he is.

Violet does go on to find Finch, but the state he's left in when is he found is something I leave for you to find out for yourself. Don't want to spoil it for those of you who do decide to read it! The book is YA but the story is compellingly beautiful, and easy to read which is want I love from a book really.

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