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Book Review: All the bright places By Jennifer Niven

The young-adult romance fiction novel ‘All the bright places’ by Jennifer Niven is one of those novels that leaves an indelible imprint on your soul. It makes you realize that even when life seems terribly dark you can still surprisingly find some bright place.

The novel is well-conceived and beautifully crafted. It starts with a splendid yet thunderous quote “The world breaks everyone and afterward, many are strong at broken places.” By Ernest Hemingway that enlightens you about the essence of the novel.

The story revolves around a boy (Finch) who is eager to give-up living as death fascinates him, but always saved by some kind encounters. Moreover, he is afraid of any labels that people will put him through to describe his mental illness of which he tends to struggle on a daily basis. The female protagonist (Violet) who is filled with past remorse in the wake her sister’s sudden demise is merely existing, counting her days till graduation.

Both were fated to meet on the ledge of the school bell tower and that’s how their story begins!

Finch and Violet bond over a school project where they are supposed to visit places in their town and their adventures lead them to fall in love. Believe me, this tragic love story won’t give you plain Romeo and Juliet vibes. It is truly unique and I adored it. It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them.

“But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love? “-by Author, before it’s all too late when all there is left is the thought of ‘what could have been.’

The book has got an overpowering message behind its narrative it throws light on the fact that how these characters deal with their own losses, their own darkness in their personal lives and how some are able to overcome these losses and strive forward while others are held back in these haunting memories.

It shows the reader just how beautiful is the journey of life. Every breath you take is a gift. You can’t help but realize how fragile everything is and how important it is to treasure every moment with a loved one before it can be snatched away.

I highly recommend this book to all 13+out there. This novel is an exhilarating, heart-wrenching poignant story about the power and beauty of love. This book has changed me and I believe that this book will provide its readers an entirely new perspective to perceive everything.
Furthermore, if you are a fan of books like Fault in our stars, The sky is everywhere and Eleanor & Park, you are most certainly going to love It. I would give this book a five-star rating.


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Nandini Bhalla

11, DLDAV MODEL SCHOOL , Shalimar BaghNew Delhi

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