Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
The moment my friend took out this book from her bag, I was full of delight looking at the cover. It has this pleasant blue color with images of sticky notes. The post-its tell you subtly what kind of story you would be reading.
“The cadence of suffering has begun.” – Cesare Pavese
Violet Markey is devastated after the death of her sister.
Theodore Finch has a difficult life at home, at school and everywhere else.
Violet is counting days until graduation, when she can escape the town and her grief with it.
Finch is counting days of being ‘awake’ and ways to die.
They both find themselves at the ledge of the school tower, suicidal thoughts sprinting in their teenage minds. Soon afterwords they start working on a school project that requires them to explore the wonders of the state of Indiana. On these wanderings they ensure they took something from that place as well as left something. Finch brings adventure into Violet’s life, being the weird, funny and quirky one. The character of Violet is impacted positively by Finch and she starts to grow, unaware that at the same time Finch is falling deeper into the pits of darkness. Before the story took a grim turn, the readers get to enjoy the amazing bits – Violet’s Germ magazine, Finch’s songs and post-its.
The themes of mental issue, anxiety, depression is the essence of the story. The author gives a deep dive into the mentioned characters by writing in dual perspective. The first half of the book is the fairy tale period of the teenage life, full of exploration, romance and fun. But then as you read you can pick up hints as to what the story ultimately might lead to.
I would recommend everyone to read this book as it addresses real issues that is happening in our society, the issues that our loved ones face about which we might be completely unaware. It’s important to treasure every moment of your life and it’s equally important to not get self-involved and take our loved ones for granted.
"May your eye go to the Sun, To the wind your soul... You are all the colors in one, at full brightness."