Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
 
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.

My mini-review:

“There was nothing to make him last a long time.”

I understand that some readers may have disliked this book because they thought it was written to be tragic just for the sake of being tragic (if that makes sense), but it was still a lovely story. And from what I hear, it’s inspired by a personal experience of the author’s, so the tragedy is hardly present just for the plot excitement. One can also make the point that a lot of YA novels are regurgitations of each other, but I still found this to be a very touching story. Like Theodore, I am a different Layla for different people for reasons unknown, and I have lasted longer than I thought I could.

Ugh, I love Finch.

★★★★★ (5 stars) because you make me lovely.

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