After reading Holding Up The Universe I wanted to read EVERYTHING written by Jennifer Niven, so I kicked of my Goodreads 2017 challenge with All the Bright Places, and I’m very afraid to say; I didn’t like it.
I don’t know if it’s just me, because some days my Instagram feed is PACKED with ATBP shots, so I guess the whole world is gone mad for this book. But frankly, it did not much for me (Nothing is to big of a word) but I did like bits and pieces.
The story is about Violet; a high school girl who is still mourning the loss of her sister she lost in a car accident and Theodore Finch (‘Finch’), a troubled boy. Violet and Finch go to the same high school but properly meet on the ledge of the schools bell tower where Finch finds Violet devastated and unable to communicate.This is the start of a special friendship and eventually love.
It’s beautiful that the suicida
l Finch is the one to teach Violet how to live again. But there are just a few pages that hit that nail right on the head. I feel that if this book only consisted of this concentrated part of beautiful understanding between these guys I would have had a much shorter, but more memorable read. The words and sentences connecting the ‘real’ parts feel a little empty to me, like they are just filling the pages until there was a solid book to sell.
But no bad words about ms. Niven. Her epilogue gave me goosebumps, there’s no doubt in my mind she wrote this from the heart. But maybe it hurt her too much to give everything, so she just gave us glimpses of that beautiful writing about pain that just grabs you by the throat.