This weekend I found some time to settle down and read my new library book – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I have to say I am an emotional wreck after reading novel. It’s one of those books that sticks with you for a while. It’s a must read.
This book is about two characters Finch and Violet who meet at the top of the school bell tower one day. This chance meeting will change both their lives.
Violet is struggling after the death of her sister in a car accident that she walked away from. She doesn’t see the point anymore with Eleanor. Everything she does seems like a betrayal.
Finch is a complicated young man with his own demons. He struggles to understand himself and control his own reality and emotions. He suffers from period of being “Asleep”. When he cannot remember anything about the days, weeks, months, but simply goes through the motions. The day he meets Violet is during his first “Awake” day in a long time.
Together, under the guise of a class project, they come to know each other and Violet starts to learn to live life again. But for Finch things aren’t that simple. It is his own mind that he cannot control. And he doesn’t want to be labelled with an illness like “Bi-Polar” or “Manic Depression”. His separated parents aren’t interested in him and he easily conceals just how unwell he is.
As Violet starts to move forward with her life, with Finch by her side, Finch feels himself slipping back into the “Asleep”. He will do anything to stop that from happening. Anything.
Ultimately, he achieves this and Violet has to life with the consequences and take solace in the time they spent together and the impact he had on her life.
This book is a great portrayal of mental illness, grief and life. It’s not a perfect book but it manages to weave a vision of a story where you see and feel with the characters. Life doesn’t always have a happy ending. In the end its what you leave behind that matters.
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