All the Bright Places

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Published by Knopf on January 6th 2015
Pages: 378
ISBN: 0385755880
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four-half-stars

Wow Wow and Wow

I often feel weird about saying how much I enjoy a book especially given the subject matter. But here goes…..I really enjoyed this book! It’s funny, sad, heartbreaking, endearing and beautifully written.

Theodore is constantly thinking of ways to kill himself. Violet is counting the days until she graduates and can leave her hometown behind (and hopefully her grief over her sister’s death). They know of each other but meet while both are standing on top of a bell tower contemplating to jump. Ultimately, Theodore speaks up and saves Violet’s life. Both characters are different- Theodore is considered the school freak and Violet is the popular pretty girl. Both, however; have their demons. His is a strained relationship with his father and depression, hers is her guilt and grief over her sisters death.

Just who is saving who up on that tower? How can you save someone when you, yourself do not want to be saved?

The two pair up on a school project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state. During this process they begin to discover each other. Young love ensues in which Violet blossoms and her world begins to get brighter, happier….but what of Theodore?

Such a beautiful and heartbreaking book. It really gets in there and stirs up the reader’s emotions. So many themes are here: depression, suicide, grief, love, acceptance, family issues.

Grab your tissues the same time you reach for this book.

four-half-stars