Thursday, April 16, 2015

A book review from our teen fiction collection

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This story follows the companionship between Violet Markey, a girl who has recently lost her sister in a car accident, and Theodore Finch, a charismatic and troubled boy who suffers from bipolar disorder. They meet each other on top of the school bell tower and from the moment they meet they begin an unlikely friendship.

I cannot give this book enough praise, I am still whirling from the experience of reading it. It is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking, and most importantly it tackles a delicate issue - mental illness.

Violet and Finch get paired up together for a Geography project, which sends them travelling to find 'the wonders of their state'. They learn more about one another as each new adventure passes, each of them discovering more details about the others depression and dark thoughts.

I was gripped from the very first page and once I picked the book up I could not put it down. A book like this, including its characters and messages, stays with you forever.

This story changed my life. It is so confronting and raw. It shows that people from all walks of life can be affected by mental illness, no matter who they are or what they've been through.

Experience the journey with Violet and Finch and borrow this book from our library! Click here to see All the Bright Places in our catalogue.

- Holly.

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