Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book Review: "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven

Genre: Contemporary
Source: Bought

"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.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

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.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven." - Goodreads

I am so sorry guys. I really wanted to like this book and I was so excited when I finally started reading it...but in the end I must say that the hype just ruined the book for me. It really did. I had such high expectations and half-way into the book I was already wondering "What's with all this hype?"...

There was not much going on in this book, honestly. Not much of a story, a minimal character development if there was any, really...the only good thing I can say about this book is that it was really well written and easy to read...and that's it.

If I have to describe the book in one word, it would be "angry", because I was angry with the book, I was angry and disappointed with the characters and their decisions, which seemed to lack any kind of reasoning behind them...

I did not hate the book, it was just meh...Suicide is a heavy subject and I was not left indifferent to the ending, but it was not enough for me to say "Oh my God, this is the best book ever!!! So many feels!!!".

Not much of a review here, but this is all I have to say about this book. I'm happy for all the people who liked it and I'm sad that I'm not one of them, but please don't bash on me about that...


  1. I heard so much about this book too! I'm in the middle of reading it, and I kinda feel meh. It's definitely a book that would appeal to John Green fans, with the characters being proud of their individuality and all, but for me so far, I'm eh. I only started reading it because I heard it dealt with mental issues well? Still reading but hopefully I'll get to something good!
    I love reading about the Tudor age, but yeah having stuff in HUGE depth can be a bit distracting at times :) Love the Taylor Swift gif!
    Geraldine @ Corralling Books

    1. After all the hype it was getting, I was expecting the book to blow my mind. It didn't...Sad times...