All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Genre: YA Literature

Content: Mental health

 

Synopsis: Two teenagers meet on top of a roof, both debating ending it all. What they don’t realise is that that day will change their lives forever. They have their own reasons for ending their lives. But what about all the reasons to live? Read as they navigate viewing the world in a whole different light and form an unbreakable bond.

 

First off, not only did I love this book and its message, but I can’t express how important it is to read. It focuses on mental health and specifically bipolar disorder. It’s my friend Maggie’s favorite book and she insisted that I read it and I am SO glad that I did!

Finch and Violet go to the same school but run in different social circles. They meet on top of a roof, both debating suicide. They grow a beautiful understanding for each other and grow an even more spectacular friendship. They give each other so much hope and truly grow to care for the other. I absolutely love their story and I hope if you read this book, you do too. Although I will warn you, this book will make you cry. A lot. Like, ugly cry. Not a cute little tear or two. The relationship that forms between the two of them is life-changing. Since Violet’s sister’s death, she can’t be in a motor vehicle. It gives her intense anxiety and she just cannot manage being in a car anymore. Finch helps her overcome so many obstacles and shows her the beauty of life again and why there are so many reasons to live. Violet gives Finch a reason to wake up in the morning and shows him true compassion and understanding. He doesn’t have many friends, and Violet gives him someone to talk to about his struggles.

One of my favorite aspects of this book other than the relationship between Finch and Violet, is the depiction of bipolar disorder. The stages of mania and depression truly shine in this book and give such a wonderful understanding of the illness. As someone who suffers herself from bipolar, I found I could totally relate to the story and the darkness that comes with this disease. I think it’s a great tool to read for those of you who maybe don’t fully understand what bipolar is or what people who have it go through on a month to month basis. You are constantly up and down, and your mindset drastically changes.

Overall, this is a beautiful book and I would highly recommend that you read it.

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