All The Bright Places

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”

“I’m fighting”

“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

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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child – Book Review

Today I am going to be writing a book review after such positive comments on my previous one asking for more:) This time, however, I will be reviewing Harry Potter & The Cursed Child which left me speechless (it was so good)!

There are three authors of this book: JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne and there are 2 parts to the book which are sold together I think? I purchased it with both parts for £10 (half-price) – it actually retails for £20. I am obsessed, so I couldn’t wait to grab a copy of this book! Sidenote: This book review will not be very detailed because I do not want to give away any SPOILERS.

What’s it about?

‘It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry Of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places. ‘ – Author’s words not mine haha.

Why Read It?

A beautifully written sequel to the previous seven Harry Potter books even though it is set 19 years later. The formidable trio are grown-up and married off with children and the story focusses on Albus (Harry + Ginny’s son) and his unlikely friendship that brings along mishaps that could be fateful to the wizarding world if held in the wrong hands. It is written in the format of a script which could put some people off although I had no issues with it. The three authors have creates a book of adventure and it’s so gripping, I read it in one sitting!

Favourite Quote

“Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” – Albus Dumbledore. Everyone’s favourite wizard makes a comeback (in his portrait anyways) and enlightens Harry with his words of wisdom when Harry is having difficulty with parenthood and connecting with his youngest son.

I would recommend you read this book because there are some shocking surprises and things you would not expect to find out whilst also being a great way to catch up on the wizarding world after 19 years!

If you decide to read this book, please do comment down below or like the post and I will definitely be posting more book reviews.

Lorinda xxx

 

Looking For Alaska – Book Review

Hi everyone! I am surprisingly early but I was going through my old blog and decided to repost one of my blogs because it seemed like something many of you would enjoy reading. This is just an extra post for you book lovers out there!

Not every day is going to be filled with action-packed surprises and activities when you could just have a ‘lazy’ day and sit in bed reading books. That’s what I’m doing. I love reading, consider me a bit of a bookworm, so I love to pick up new finds and read from start to finish in one day although I’m treating this book a little differently…

‘Looking for Alaska’ is written by John Green (also the author of ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ , ‘Paper Towns’ and many others) and is most fitting to the Young Adult genre. 

What’s It About?

Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event, until he meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever and undoubtedly screwed-up, Alaska draws Miles into her world and irrevocably steals his heart. For Miles, nothing can ever be the same again. (blurb of hardback cover)

Why Read It?

It’s a classic John Green book where the characters are intelligent and unique whilst still being realistic and follows the story of Miles Halter while Alaska (some may argue that she is the main character) serves, in my opinion, as the catalyst for Miles’ change throughout the book. I haven’t given away any spoilers so if you are looking for something quite different from your average fantasy book – I would recommend this without any hesitation!

Favourite Quote

“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” – I feel that this quote sums up the book in one because Miles is just a normal boy living his life who decides to move to a boarding school before Alaska comes into the picture and rocks his world; just like a hurricane would. 

If you are looking for a bit of adventure mixed in with romance, read this book & comment below if you have read or are reading this book now because I’d love to hear from you!

Lorinda xxx