All the Bright Places // Book Review

Author: Jennifer Niven is a writer of many other novels spanning historical fiction, contemporary, YA and Non-Fiction. Check out her website for more information:

Rating: ****


I believe in goodreads I called this book a slow-burner but also an emotional roller-coaster. Both of these analogies are correct.

If you are looking for a tear-jerker: you’ve found one.

If you’re looking for a YA romance: you’ve got it.

If you’re looking for a heavy topic, with a hefty side-helping of ‘WTF’: you’ve also got it.

But alongside that you have a few clichéd characters, a bit of a ‘come on...get to it’ narrative and a very American-set novel which alienates other readers a little. At least in my opinion.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed it! I cried on a train during rush-hour - you do not do that when you haven’t been touched by a book!

The characters of Theodore Finch and Violet were very interesting to follow, particularly Finch. At the end you’ll question whether you really understood him, or even liked him, but that is what makes him so real. He is certainly the most flamboyant and likable character of the book.

Violet is a severely depressed young girl who lost her sister in a car accident, and it is the boy that wants to end his life that typically saves her. It is a really good premise and the book delivers on it, but Violet is somehow frustrating to me. We get to know everything about her but she still feels a little flat in the middle, but by the end she is a superb character and you really feel for her and understand how she's acting.

The themes of this book are: depression, suicide and mental disorders. There is also a drop of domestic abuse, bulimia and bullying so it is not for the faint-hearted, but it is definitely one for the likes of readers of ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’, ‘Me Before You’ and ‘Fault in Our Stars’.

A very poignant book that will stay with you, long after the thoughts on whether it was too clunky and over-filled in places, fade.

I would recommend it.

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