Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knopf
Page Count: 388

Goodreads Synopsis:
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: 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.

I was very hyped for this book because it had so much speculation and hype around it but I am afraid to say that it did not reach my expectations. So many people were giving this five stars so I was expecting to give it five stars as well but it just didn't wow me.

Let's start with the plot. It wasn't an amazing plot by any means but that was okay because it wasn't a plot driven book but I feel like not much happened for the majority of the book. Whilst I was reading this I was fine, I didn't feel like I was reading nothing but when I look back on it I realise that there was a lot that could have been cut out.

As for the big 'thing' that happens at the end of the book, I did not cry at this and I found it super predictable which is another thing that made me disappointed by this book. I was expecting to cry and feel sad but I didn't.

I think the reason I didn't connect with this book too much is because I did not feel attached to the characters. I did not like Finch very much and there seems to be a pattern because I don't usually like characters like him. There were times when I did like him but most of the time I felt indifferent towards him. As for Violet, I liked her a lot more but again I didn't connect with her or find her particularly interesting.

I enjoyed the other characters in the book more, for example, Brenda, Amanda and Roamer.

I did feel sad when the negative things happened in this book but it wasn't half as sad as I thought it would be. Obviously I knew the subject matter was very serious and sad but I wasn't really affected by it and (please please don't hate me) I didn't really think there was any need for it to end the way it did and in some ways I didn't think it was logical to end it that way.

Overall, when I finished this book is was some what entertaining but I didn't think it was all people claimed it to be so when the initial thoughts when I finished this book died down, I had to downgrade it from a 4 star book to a 3 star book.

3/5 Stars

I hope you enjoyed this review and I'll see you again next time!

Happy Reading!

Lily x

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