Wednesday, December 02, 2015

All The Bright Places - Niven

Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: YA Fiction
3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Library

Recommended if you like: YA novels, Books about suicide

 What Its About:
Theodore Finch is on the edge...literally. As he stands six stories up on his school's bell tower one afternoon, contemplating death clearly not the first time, he discovers that he is not alone. Over his shoulder, he finds Violet Markey, a popular but quiet girl. He realizes quickly that Violet is terrified and seems stuck. He talks her to safety and safeguards her secret, telling everyone that she in fact saved him.

Both students are struggling with personal issues. Theodore, the school "Freak" (as the other students call him), comes from a broken home with an abusive father and a distant mother. Violet recently lost her beloved sister in a car accident for which she feels responsible. As they work on a shared school project together, wandering and learning about Indiana, they develop a friendship which slowly finds its way to love. Finch helps Violet Re-Markey-able (his pet name for her) come to accept her loss and a start looking toward the future. Unfortunately, neither one understands the depths of Finch's troubles and saving his life might be a bit more difficult.

The Bottom Line: 
This was a really well written young adult story. Its a smooth, easy read - right up until it breaks your heart. Told from the point of view of both students, Niven writes from personal experience. This understanding stands out in each teen's thoughts and actions. Well worth the read!