Book Review: All the Bright Places

Is today a good day to die?
What an opening!! This question serves as the opener for “All the bright places by Jennifer Niven.”
Honestly, this book has been sitting in my library since last year, and I wouldn’t have gotten round to reading it yet if not for the movie trailer I watched. I wanted to watch the movie, but I love to read the book for a movie adaptation before I see the movie.
The book is set in little ole Indiana, and follows the lives of Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Now, this was a very sad book. For me, I would say Theodore was obsessed with the idea of death. He was depressed and the idea of oblivion and the feeling of nothingness just consumed him. Theodore and Violet met on the ledge while they both were contemplating suicide. I would say they saved each other. Violet on the other hand, was navigating grief and anger from the death of her sister. They eventually had to work together for a school project, and it set the pace for their relationship. He eventually helped and encouraged her to live again, but it’s unfortunate and sad that he wouldn’t let anyone help him.
I’m a self-acclaimed hard guy, but see who was shedding tears by 1am when I finished it. (Fact: Books make me cry rather than movies)

The first thing that struck about the book was its dialogue. I salute the ability of the writer to string such beautiful words together. It’s the kind of writer I aspire to be. My favorite lines has to be “elegance and euphoria” and “You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.” Those statements just tugged at my heart. The book majorly addressed the issue of mental health, the humiliation and social strata of high school, and the effect of abusive relationships between parents and kids.

I think that the abusive relationship between Finch and his father contributed majorly to the anger and emptiness and void that Finch lived with, and because these issues were not confronted, he just kept running away from them both physically and mentally. I honestly wished that Finch could have been saved from himself and the emptiness that he lived with. Finch was a character to be with, funny, encouraging, and lively to be with. Romantic in his own special way, and the way he chose what personalities to be each week…crazy stuff. It just went a long way to show that dem no dey write depression for face, and people are battling a lot of things. He was obsessed with suicide, death and a state of oblivion beyond earth, and eventually that obsession got the best of him. I wish he would have let people help.

Let people help you, let people love you. We don’t have to do life alone. We honestly don’t have to. 100% do not recommend. Be with the ones who truly care, and let them care for you. If you’re going through anything, please let someone in. It may seem hard, and unnecessary and fruitless at first, but it will get better I promise. And also, if you’re dealing with anything, allow yourself feel that pain, and then heal from it. Okay?
I enjoyed reading this and I would also recommend it if you’re looking for a good cry and laughs and smiles in between.

What are your thoughts concerning mental health?
Are you letting the ones who love you care for you?
P.S You can suggest books you would like me to read and review in the comments. ASUU doesn’t want me to be a student right now, so I’m open to reading recommendations.

P.P.S I wrote a story inspired by Finch. Read it Here


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