All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – has been compared to The Fault in our Stars by many people. But it is not. This book shows how resilient and fragile teenagers are. A book that seriously addresses: suicide, bipolar and depression. Every page your turn in this book could be a moment of someone’s real life and that is never forgotten throughout. If you are used to Disney endings this is not a book for you.
Yes there were a few tears on my behalf. Yes this review will have spoilers. Yes I think that minus the first half the rest of the book the rest was alright.
‘If you hear a song that makes you cry and you don’t want to cry anymore, you don’t listen to that song anymore.
But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.’ – Hannah Baker
‘We’re just a tiny speck in all this infinity.’
I picked this book up a long while ago, in all honesty I believe it was more than year ago! I never got the chance to read but now I feel like I’ve definitely been missing out on something. It’s not the next big thing but it certainly is something.
“LAILA, LAILA HELP ME! PLEASE I DON’T WANT TO DIE!!”
Screams echoed around the room. Realising they were mine I closed my hand tightly over my mouth. I was drenched in sweat, though the room was cold. Shuddering I untangled myself from the messy sheets. I opened the window. The darkness felt suffocating, a perilous abyss. They were out of my reach.
I’ve wanted to read this novel for a very long time! It’s all over those pretty post pictures on Tumblr and there are comments underneath about how life changing this novel is. Well I finally conformed, gave in and bought ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green.
This book isn’t for everyone, full of coloured language, brutal reality, some very depressing moments and dark humour. It’s a book quite like Marmite, you either love it or you don’t. Narrated by a 17-year-old rebel, Holden Caulfield, who is to be kicked out of another boarding school the story begins.
I really enjoyed this book but after the hype of the love story ended in my mind and the book came to a close, I realised that in fact there was nothing authentic about it. It’s filled with a classic storyline of man and women falling in love except this was set in Afghanistan under bombs and guns and no walking on the beach holding hands in the afternoons.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock as of late, you will know that John Green’s newest book has been received very well. New York Times has labelled it a #1 best seller, teenagers can’t stop reading it and the reviews just keep on coming! Obviously I joined on the band wagon and decided to devote my weekend to reading it.
Summary: Lucien is very ill, he has cancer. Lucien soon realises that he is a ‘Stravagante’ and he can travel between worlds with the help of a talisman. In the other world (Bellezza) he isn’t ill and stuck in bed all day, he’s fit and well. Set in sixteenth century Bellezza inspired by modern-day Italy, this is a story like no other!