Review: All The Bright Places


Blurb: Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. 

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves…

It’s only together they can be themselves…

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?

The Story: I have this rule about not reading a book when it’s popular and everybody’s raving about it because it usually leads to me being disappointed and not being able to give the book a fair chance since I already know what happens in it.

All The Bright Places made me break my rule, but it lived up to its hype.

It isn’t exactly light, and in places the story is grim, but it doesn’t shy away from suicide and mental health stigmas, so that on its own makes the book worthy of the praise it’s been receiving.

Finch: His first appearance in the book is in the school’s bell tower where he’s contemplating jumping off. But he assures you isn’t for the purpose of killing himself, which immediately makes you want to learn more.

What does he mean when says he’s Awake? Why is killing himself a solution?

He meets Violet before he can do anything, and she’s on the ledge for a completely different purpose, so he uses keeping her alive as the distraction which will keep him Awake.

But as the story progresses, you get the impression that there’s more to it than him being Awake and Asleep, and his counselor confirms it by suggesting that he might Bipolar Disorder, or Manic Depression, and the label is enough to send Finch into more of a downward spiral.

Violet: You first meet Violet through Finch’s perspective, and she comes across as lost. She was friends with the popular girls but when her sister died, she retreated in on herself, and now she’s trying to find out who she is without her sister and their website.

The chapter when she returns her sister’s glasses and tears down her countdown of the days left until graduation was the perfect culmination of the build-up and recovery she’d been making since Finch started trying to bring her out of her shell.

Violet’s slow recovery and what led up to it has definitely made me a fan of Jennifer Niven.

Would I Recommend?: Definitely.

It’s not light reading, but it’s definitely up on the list with The Fault In Our Stars and Papertowns and I’ll Give You The Sun.

All opinions in this review are mine. I am not being paid. I just love books. 




1st blog post of the new year

The very first New Year resolution I made when 2016 ended was to write more, and although I failed that in January, I’ve started making it up for it this month.

Hence this blog.

Hoard All The Books is a place for me to share the books I’ve read and am reading, and occasionally rant about TV shows, movies, and the very near misses I’ve had with meeting celebrities (more on this later), because I don’t believe that reading is necessarily a solitary experience, and if I continue to keep everything to myself, I’m pretty sure spontaneous combustion will be in the cards for me.

There will be self-published books mentioned as well as traditionally published ones because I’ve recently gotten involved with the writing community and there are so many talented writers out there who don’t get the credit they rightfully deserve since they made the decision to go Indie.

And I’ll tell you all about my new favourite YA series when I’m having a good day and am up for sharing.

Don’t be shy about talking to me because I’m always up for a chat, and if there are any books you want to talk about, feel free to let me know.

Until next time.