This was a book. A book. A book that I truly cannot encapsulate all my thoughts about in one mere blog post. An amazing book.
All The Bright Places will forever hold a special place in my heart, whether it’s because of the point in my life I was at mentally when I first read it, or because of how it truly made me reflect on a multitude of different emotions that I was feeling yet struggled to truly express. An exhilarating read, it has taken me a whole 8 months after reading All The Bright Places for the first time to be capable of comprehending my feelings about it and putting them into words.
Naturally, I read lots of online reviews and although many of them were mixed, some may have felt like the book glorified suicide, or that the mental illnesses of the characters were not properly acknowledged. I could disagree but I believe it is down to interpretation; for me personally, it is the best book I’ve read in my 16 years of existence (and I have read a lot of books)! I cannot guarantee you will love, or even like this book, and it may break your heart; you can decide if it’s worth it.
Finch? I absolutely adore him! The character development of Finch throughout the story honestly blew me away and Jennifer Niven truly created a spectacular character. His emotions, his thoughts, the way he narrates his part of the story is so raw and so real that I couldn’t believe it. Mentally, Finch struggled, yet Niven delivers this flawlessly; and there is a surreal sense of understanding, in my opinion, that I’ve never experienced from a book before.
Violet? Violet is a very interesting character who initially wants to die and Finch helps her through this. After the death of her sister she suffers PTSD, but Finch helps her to partially move on with her life and not dwell on the past – advice I well and truly took myself. Her battle is tragic as she fights to become herself again, the person she was before her sisters death and before she became unhappy. On a personal level, I couldn’t really relate to Violet as much but there were elements of her personality/struggles that are potentially mirrored in my life.
“I’m fighting to be here in this shitty, messed-up world”
“fighting” – we are all fighting something, someone and the fight never truly ends. The important thing is acknowledging this fight. Acknowledging the fact that there is always a fight to be fought and conquered. Finch understood this, and after reading this book, so did I.
The world truly is shitty, and messed-up, but it’s what you do about it, how you live through it; that’s what really matters. I think that is an important message being conveyed by All The Bright Places that should be highlighted. Attempt to make the worst of a shitty situation and always look on the bright side, for you will find a bright place.
Do let me know if you have read this book/will read it, and your opinions on it!
Lots of love, Lorinda xxx