Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Book Review | All the Bright Places



I had heard a lot of things about this book, not in detail, just how good it was from the people who had read it. Amazon were doing an offer of 3 paperback books for £10, this one included, so I thought I would take up the offer and give it a read. So, I didn't have much of an idea of what to expect until I read the blurb which gave me a very slight insight.

The sentence, from WHSmith, which just about sums up this books is.. "This is a compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die". There are two main characters, Violet and Finch, who couldn't be more different from one another. It's a very well written and easy to read book, which tells the story from both characters point of view. Especially from the view point of Theodore Finch, who has a mental illness. This review, also from WHSmith, gives you a bit more of an insight into the story..

"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. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?"
Overall this is such a great story, easy to follow, and really gets you thinking from both perspectives. It's written in such a way that helps you to understand the mental illness which the character has, therefore this helps you really get into the book much faster and more in depth. If you haven't read this book then I would definitely recommend you do. 
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  1. I also was drawn to this in Whsmith, it's now become one of my favourite books! We might have similar reading taste so do you have any other recommends?

    - Ali

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