Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places is said to be the perfect combination of Eleanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars. However, I personally think that this book needs a label of it’s own. The YA novel follows Theodore Finch as he meets a girl named Violet Markey atop a school bell tower, six stories in the air. What were they both doing there? They won’t tell. As the story goes along, we discover that Finch isn’t scared of death, and he knows hundreds of ways to kill himself. Violet, she’s terrified of death. She recently lost her sister in a car crash, and hasn’t been living her life since. When Finch and Violet grow closer, they show each other how important life is, and how important it is to just be yourself. But as Violet begins to live her life to the fullest, Finch does the opposite.
If you read the summary above and thought it sounded a little familiar, you are on the same page as I am. All the Bright Places is a lot like many other YA romance novels. Although, just because it isn’t unique or particularly creative. I don’t believe that we should discount it. This novel made me cry, laugh, and question my existence. It made me want to read more classic books, and go wandering. Just because this book’s storyline isn’t new, I found it amazing, enlightening, and heartbreaking.
If you enjoy books from authors like John Green or Rainbow Rowell, I would recommend this book to you. However, I would recommend being at least 13 before reading it.