Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐️
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small 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—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. 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. . . .
It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.
I picked this quote because it is so deep. It explains society when it comes to seeing mental illness, society sees it as non-existent. So this novel, when I first started reading it was a huge trigger for me, it was very hard to get through my emotions when reading it but I think that it was well worth it, so as a warning it is a trigger book. I related to Finch on a very personal and emotional level. The quote I picked shows you the character you delve into has a mental illness and he wishes for people to understand it because it’s not something that a lot of people choose to acknowledge like a visible disease. I struggled with an invisible illness (so to speak) half my whole life and people didn’t believe me. Some thought I was only seeking attention. So for me this novel was extraordinary. I really fell in love with All The Bright Places. Although through most of the read I couldn’t stop crying. Jennifer Niven as a writer quickly became an instant favorite of mine.
The novel also covers another character called Violet, whom doesn’t struggle with the same things Finch does but on another level experiences her own pain and suffering. She falls in love with Finch when she doesn’t expect it, but it’s quickly taken away from her. Violet truly finds Finch in All The Bright Places.
I don’t know how else to express my love for this novel, some people I know really weren’t interested or couldn’t get through it. But I think that I loved it so much because I can truly connect with the subtext of the novel, right down to the core. It is so hard to walk this Earth without having understanding coming from others, let alone the support and to have a novel that delves into such a touchy subject in my opinion is simply amazing. I actually, after Christmas was given $150 gift card to Barnes & Noble, so I’m in there filling up my bag and I had just the right amount left so I’m looking all over for a book to just add to my bag as just a “whatever” book. The novel cover caught my eye so I just threw it in my bag and I’m so beyond happy that I did! I’ve done that method a couple times and they became my favorite books instantly, which is crazy.
So I really recommend picking this book up! But this is a HIGHLY triggering read, so PLEASE note this before reading
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