Book Shelved: ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

{4.5 stars}
It feels wrong to have finished reading this on Valentine’s Day. And yet, it sort of fits. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey have never had a conversation before. That is, until they have one on the top of the school bell tower. In a turn of events, it is Finch, a boy who thinks of ways to end his life, who saves Violet on that bell tower. And that is where it all begins.

I’m not usually the type of person to pick up a book like this. My tastes are more in the fantastical. But Jennifer Niven writes in a way that makes it all unfold beautifully, with a touch of melancholy. From the exquisitely relevant passages from Virginia Woolf’s ‘The Waves’, to the adventurous project that Finch and Violet team up on, Niven weaves us a grand tale.

Part of the reason why I really appreciated this book was (admittedly) Finch, who is written full of spark, wit, charm, eccentricity and a sense of urgency. Violet’s growth (ha) throughout the book is lovely to behold. As she fell in love, I did too. She becomes a character that we can so easily sympathise with and understand, despite the somewhat ‘unique’ trials and tribulations she had to go through.

In the end, ‘All the Bright Places’ is a heartbreaker. But it is sometimes the heartbreaks that make us appreciate the love we have.

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~ Song of the Post: ‘Everglow’ by Coldplay (Yeah, yeah, again, I know. But trust me; it fits.)

{P.S. Sorry if this is a bit… subdued after my ‘pump-up-let’s-rock-2017’ post, but at least I’m only dealing in fiction here.}

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