All The Bright Places | A Book Review


Blue. Violet.His eyes. Her name.A hero. A pariah.Two souls meeting on the bell tower.One of a boy who wants to run. One of a girl who does not want to stay.One lie.


He creates a Facebook account to talk to her. She ignores his pleads in class. He chooses her as his class partner. She asks to wander the town by walking or riding a bike. He greets her with smiles when good days deceive him. She refuses to write until she is with him. His friends know her story. Her friends think he is crazy. He wants to swim deeper. She lays on the surface. By two in the morning, he realizes sleep is no friend. By three, she awakes to imaginary plebes on her window. Sleep does not come and sleep does not will.
They start their wandering together. One day she gets into a car. He paints his room blue. She writes on their notebook. He leaves coins on book caravans. He felt in love with her because she was blue. When he touched her, she turned red and suddenly his colours were too dark for the World.

Hollow. Passion.

She learned to be awake. He was scared of the Asleep.
The World was black and white and they became screaming colours. Even when the silence was too loud for them to hear anything else. One single hand and word were able to turn the dark into light. A black hole into something desirable, wanted.

In the beginning of the book, their U. S. Geography teacher asks them to wander through the state of Indiana, collecting memories and footprints and leaving thankful notes and objects behind.
This is the message of the book. It’s the things we leave behind that count. Not our fears. Not our nightmares. Not our asleep moments. Not our past. Not our flaws. No one remembers that. What we leave behind, whatever it is, holds a piece of us like a heart shaped necklace that keeps a picture inside of it. A secret you want to share with the World. It’s not our anxiety that will be remembered. It’s our feelings. Our goals. Our footprints. Hard pressed footprints that don’t fade away with wind or water. We all have bright gems inside of us. It’s up to us to decide to see them. Start somewhere.

I can smell the salt in the pages of this book. I can see the smuged parts from the tears, the bag of emotions left in every paragraph. I can see the crumpled edges from grabbing it too hard, the anxiety beneath each history and word. I can see all I purred of myself onto this book. Somehow, I am okay with that. I don't need nor want a perfect book. I want this one. A book that is filled with bright and screaming colours. A book that draws you in a bright and secret World, a World you have always longed for. A book that shows you dreams do not last forever and that doesn’t mean they are less important. We don’t want perfect stories or scores. We want emotions. Bright ones. 


Have you read All The Bright Places?
What did you think of it?
I didn't want to post any spoilers, I hope you liked it. :)

Love, love, love. x

13 comments

  1. This has been on my TBR list for some time, I really need to get a copy as I've heard nothing but great things about it :)

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  2. This sounds super interesting, a book I'd like to read. I'm making a list for my next online purchase, might put this one on it!

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  3. I must check this out. Thanks for sharing :-)

    Hayley xxx

    http://mydebeauvoirdiaries.com

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  4. Beautifully said! Like you said, this book reminds us that living completely and finding the lovely in all of it and within each of us is so important. My wife and I read this in a week and both bawled uncontrollably. Loved it. Want to read it again! Oh! And we were so happy to have the author, Jennifer Niven, on our podcast! Please check it out if you'd like: http://www.joysandwich.com/episodes/pasadena-loves-ya-jennifer-niven. If you like the episode, please share! :D

    Thanks again for writing about All The Bright Places. It's a book that needs to be read by ALL.

    Cheers,
    Non

    - co-host/creator of the Joy Sandwich podcast

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  5. This book is amazing. :) Be ready to shed some tears though! :)
    Love xx

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  6. Do read this book, you are going to love it! :) It's amazing and really powerful! :)
    Love xx

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  7. Aaw, thank you for commenting! :) I hope you love this book! :)
    Love xx

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  8. Thank you for leaving this comment! :) Like you said, this is a book that needs to be read by as many people as possible! :)
    It's amazing that you have had her on your podcast. I will surely give it a listen. She read this post and that meant a lot to me, and, for that, I am sure your podcast is amazing! :)
    Thank you! :)
    Love xx

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  9. You're welcome! And thanks for listening! :D

    Lovely day to you!
    Non

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  10. Francisca RockeySaturday, June 13, 2015

    Definitely going to have to give this a read, sounds very interesting!

    FranciscaRockey

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  11. Thank you, Fran. :)
    It's a really good book, you need to read it. Let me know what you thought afterwards. xx

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  12. Is this the book that the movie "Paper Towns" was made of? Well based on.... :)
    Have you read it by now? Is it any good?

    Milly
    www.sevenseasaway.com

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  13. Hi Milly. :) No, this is a completely different book. 'Paper Towns' movie was based on a book with the same name. :)
    I have read 'Paper Towns' and I absolutely loved it. Haven't watched the movie, though.
    xx

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