The Book That Made Me: James Mayhew 17/07/19
All the Bright Places
Theodore Finch and Violet Markey appear to be unlikely friends. But a chance meeting on the ledge of their school’s bell tower, an expression of their suicidal thoughts, gives both a new lease of life. Theo and Violet start to spend more and more time together. First working on a school project, exploring the wonders the state of Indiana has to offer through their ‘wanderings’. They grow closer and closer and realise it’s the other who can save them from themselves. Each has serious issues that shape their world as they know it, but could love conquer all in the end?
All the Bright Places is a remarkable story of friendship, love, and dealing with suffering. The story offers alternating accounts from Finch’s and Violet’s perspectives and provides a poignant insight into their individual mental health issues as well as how each person impacts the other’s life. The ebb and flow of their moods, from jubilant to content to depressed and angry, is beautifully reflected by their attempts to understand and help each other. All the Bright Places will pull you in and won’t let you go again, even long after you turned the final page – a must-read, to share with friends.
Content suitable to older readers, with frequent use of swearing.