All the Bright Places is a book I've heard a ton of buzz about this year as a Printz award contender, and an all around amazing young adult book. While I don't think it's quite on the Printz award track, that doesn't mean that it's not a spectacular, heart felt, gut wrenching book that teens are going to devour. It was amazingly written and I felt entirely destroyed upon completing it, as any YA book should leave you, right?
Sidenote: After tracking down the summary from goodreads, I now see this is going to be a movie with Elle Fanning. Meaning get yourself on the hold list for this book (or buy it through my amazon links provided, so I can have a few cents of the purchase) before the hold lists gets out of control as it does when a new movie gets announced!
My rating: 5 stars.
Summary from goodreads:
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.