I. Am. A. Mess.
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☺ (more like a 4.5/5)
Do I recommend it : If you want to cry until your tears form a river and are looking for something quirky, funny, romantic, weird, confusing, yes.
Would I reread it : Actually, no, because I don't want to go through these emotions again.
All The Bright Places is about Finch and Violet who meet on the top of a clock tower, and it is debatable on whether she saves him or he saves her. Finch is bipolar, as we learn in the book, and deals with a really screwed up family, whilst Violet is struggling with the death of her older sister. Of course, a love story forms around these two characters, both looking for something, or someone.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
I'm not alone on this first thing, and it is probably the resemblance this book and other Y.A. "love story that ends badly" books. It was definitely predictable, which is a good thing in a way, because it prepares you for the tears you'll shed. Trust me, a lot of tears.
There are things that I found cliché in this book, that I will not say because I don't want to spoil anyone who hasn't read it yet, but if you read or if you have read it, you('ll) understand what I mean.
↗ What I liked about the book :
Niven has a way with words that make you fall in love with the characters, and makes you want to quote everything they say. The way the characters fall in love was my favourite thing, because it wasn't quick and it was so realistic. There is no way a girl falls in love with a guy just by him saying one thing, and the "chase" or the friendship building in this book will definitely make you continue reading it.
The way this book dealt with mental illness was a great touch, because it not only made me learn more about it, it was very respectful and real. No dramatizing but not romanticizing, which is the only way mental illness should be dealt with in books.
The text messages/facebook messages/letters that Violet and Finch send each other were heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, and I found that they were a great add to the story. It's always fun and more entertaining when the author adds little things like this, which almost makes it interactive and so much more real.
Jennifer Niven, thank you for the tears. *still crying*
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend