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Monday, April 11, 2016

Book Thoughts: All The Bright Places

"'s not what you take, it's what you leave."

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

- Goodreads Summary

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Oh my... No, no, no! This isn't happening. And then it happened. And then I cried. Goodness, this book. It caught me off guard.

Wow. Just wow. I didn't expect this book to be like that. I didn't expect it to affect  me the way it did. There was just so many things going on that the emotion is just too much. 

The story felt so deep and intense. The characters felt so alive. Finch and Violet are two characters that got into me. I liked the way how they got to know each other better by wandering. I loved Finch for bringing Violet out. He is such a fun, interesting and witty character. There's a lot of things on his mind that he got this random stuff to say sometimes.  He reminded me of Gus from The Fault in Our Stars but he has his own different charm. Finch is special in his own way. Oh Finch!

It made me want to wander and see places from others point of view. Simple places for one might be beautiful for others.

It also hit important and delicate issues and reminded us to pay attention and to be more mindful about life and others.

It's one of those books that I know will stay with me. It got me thinking. It left a hole in my heart. I was speechless after finishing this. Oh, Jennifer Niven, what have you done?

This is a remarkey-able, beautiful, special, heart-wrenching story.

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