Monday, December 28, 2015

All the Bright Places

Volume Nine in the Books That Matter Series

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is powerful, moving, funny in spots, and heartbreaking in so many others. This story follows two high school seniors, Violet Markey and Theodore Finch. Violet is still grieving the loss of her older sister one year after the car accident that claimed her life. Theodore Finch has had a tough life with a family who barely acknowledges his existence and a father with violent mood swings. When Finch and Violet both meet atop of the school bell tower, rumors spread that Violet saves Finch from jumping. Used to being "the freak," Finch allows the rumors to spread and keeps Violet's secret. Then, a school assignment to explore their home state of Indiana pairs Violet and Finch together so they set off on a journey to discover all the bright places. This is the story of Violet and Finch -- one of grief, despair, mental illness, and how there can still be beauty in the world even after disaster. Reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye, this book is sure to withstand the test of time and become a modern classic.

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