Written by Jennifer Niven and published on January 6, 2015, All the Bright Places is surely Eleanor & Park meets The Fault in Our Stars. This young-adult fiction novel has its own twist, though. It may seem a little goody good and light for its cover and title, but what do they say, “Never judge a book by its cover” and by its title, as I say.
Synopsis: “When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground—it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising—just like life.
This is a heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, life lived, and two teens who find one another while standing on the edge.” (jenniferniven.com)
I have one word for this book — heartwarming. Its two main characters are way different from each other that they instantly clicked. Yes, it’s kind of your typical weird high school boy meets cool high school girl; they have issues of their own, still trying to get the hang of high school even though they’re in their senior year already. Finch and Violet will be your “#relationshipgoals” once you get to the part where they wander around their town.
There’s a catch, though, of course.
(spoiler alert!!) Finch has this condition, where he shuts down and hibernate, or just something like that. He keeps himself awake, alive, and enthusiastic all the time. Whereas Violet is pretty much trapped in her past and can’t seem to move forward. I don’t want to include more spoilers so I’m ending here.
I recommend this book to everyone who’s wanting to fall in love and overcome their fears and inhibitions. This will inspire you to live your life to the fullest and never ever live in your past.
Love and light,