First and foremost, I’d like to give a big, resounding middle finger to each and every one of you assholes that recommended this book to me. “It changed my life!” “I couldn’t put it down!” “One of my favorite books, by far!” OKAY THANKS GUYS. You forget to mention the part where this book, this freaking book rips open your chest, grabs your heart mid-beat, slams it on the ground and SPITS ON IT. I have no heart left. It was completely destroyed at the hands of Jennifer Niven.
Now, don’t get me wrong. All the Bright Places is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life, and I will jam it down my friends’ throats until they decide to pick it up and read it, too. But christ on a CRACKER, the ending nearly killed me. That’s why you have to read it. If my heart was shattered and I spent two hours crying last night over a combination of words printed on pieces of paper, then you’re going to have to do it, too. My cat tried to read it after I did last night but I spared his fluffy little heart from the pain.
All the Bright Places focuses on two main characters, named Violet and Finch. They’re both seniors in an Indiana high school and they’re both dealing with some serious shit. I’m not talking about mean girls and cliques and social stigmas. I’m talking intensive therapy, car accidents, death. You know, the usual (?). Fast forward to them meeting, and the stars seem to align for the two kiddos. They spend their time together travelling throughout the state and making ordinary places seem magical. Seriously tho. The author manages to make shitty Indiana seem like Disney World and this little reader is IMPRESSED. It’s beautiful and it’s incredibly hard to not root for them throughout the entire 388 pages. They both help heal each other and you can physically see them starting to grow up into adults as they’re both about to enter into the real world. And then Niven (author) comes along and stabs you in the fucking face. SERIOUSLY HELP ME I’m clearly not over it and it’s been almost 24 hours since I finished it.
I can’t really say anything else without giving it all away, as per usual. What I will say is this: This is one of those books you need to read if you’re ever doubting yourself in any aspect of life. It’s uplifting, it’s beautiful, it makes you cry your eyes out because it shows you what life is truly and inexplicably about. It shows you the importance of friends and the importance of not giving a flying fuck what people think about you. And it shows you just how healing the power of love can be.
Friends, read this. I’m not going to say it again. If I have to cry while reading a book then I expect the same from you. Just don’t whip the book across the room out of sheer frustration like I did last night. I nearly decapitated the cat.
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