All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Main characters: Theodore Finch, Violet Markey
Theodore and Violet meet in an odd situation, one where they are both contemplating ending their lives, on the edge of a bell-tower. Theodore is always assessing different ways to die, and Violet tries to deal with the grief that burdens her from her sister’s death.
The two end up having to do a school project together, and the more time they spend together, the more the way they see the lives and themselves change.
While I was reading this book, I had this feeling as though I had read it before (I hadn’t) and it took me a while to work out why. It really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Don’t get me wrong, I liked all of those books, but when I pick up a new book, and it feels so similar, I feel a little disappointed.
WHAT I LIKED
I liked the relationship between Theodore and Violet, and how they were from completely different social groups, yet they still were able to get to know one another they way they did.
It was also a quick read (I finished it in 2 days), which I felt was a good thing because I wasn’t really thrilled or really drawn into the story as much as I would have liked.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
As I mentioned, I didn’t like the deja vu feeling the entire time I was reading, as I would prefer to feel like I am actually reading a new story (unless I am reading a retelling, of course).
So, I didn’t mind the book, but I don’t think it is in my top 10. I think for this book, I would 2/5 stars. (4.20 stars on Goodreads)
Don’t forget to read my previous book review for Outlander if you haven’t already.