Anyone who knows me is sure to know that one of my main passions in life is reading. Reading is so many things, it keeps me calm, keeps me happy and helps me escape into a new world.
I’m a huge fan of Young Adult novels, so of course I had to pick up a copy of what I believe to be the debut novel, released earlier this year by Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places.
I have to admit, I’ve had this book for a while but have put off reading it on several occasions. This is because several reviews have referred to it as a cross between John Greens The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowells Eleanor & Park- both of which are fantastic novels, so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, both these novels made me feel like locking myself in my room with a box of tissues to wipe away my tears and not interacting with anyone for days; so I sort of figured this novel will make me feel the same way, which made me slightly put off reading it.
Although, I am now currently reading this book.
I decided to finally pick it up as I’ve heard so much praise for this book, and I felt as though I was missing out on something. After having started it- I now realize that as a Young Adult Novel fan, I definitely was missing out.
I’m only 138 pages in out of the total 378 but I am already loving it.
I don’t really want to give much detail into the story, as I do believe you should go into this book not really knowing what to expect- I wish I’d known a little bit less about the book before having started it.
But I will say that the structure, plot and characters of this book are already fantastic. What I particularly loved about the structure is that there is no messing about at the beginning, the story starts as it means to go on. No tedious introductions to our characters etc. I suppose this straight forward start could also be rather representative of the personality of our main male protagonist, Theodore Finch- straight to the point with no time to spare.
I have already fallen in love with our male protagonist- he’s certainly an individual, funny, spontaneous, straight talking and up for anything, which is definitely what our shy, trapped in her own shell female protagonist needs in her life.
This story is written from the point of view of both characters, which is always nice as it gives us the opportunity to get to know each of them better and learn more about how each of their minds work. This is done by one chapter being from Finch’s point of view, the next being from Violets etc.
Like I’ve said, I’m not far in and I’m already enjoying this book, so if you haven’t read it I would certainly recommend this if you are a YA fan like myself- plus, all the Virginia Woolf quotes are a nice touch.
I’m always looking for new things to read- so please reccomend some books in the comments and let me know your thoughts on this book if you have already read it!
Bye for now!