One of my favorite things as a blogger is connecting with other bloggers. When I came across Zakiyya’s Instagram and blog, I was mesmerized….and then floored when I realized that this amazingly talented book blogger is really a teenager! A such a young age, her flatlay skills are envious and her blog oozes of professionalism and a love for books.
When I contacted her about guest posting for this months book club, I was thrilled when she agreed, and even found a book for Princess Warrior‘s theme of the month: Suicide And Mental Illness Awareness. So without further ado, here is Zakiyya’s review:
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
A book review by thebookishnerd
“Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. I’m broken, and no one can fix it.
Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death. In that instant we went plowing through the gaurdrail, my words died too.
They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves. . .
I send a message to violet: ‘You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.’
You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
But, as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?”
In the acknowledgements Jennifer Niven said: “I wanted to write something tough, hard, sad, but funny.” and All The Bright Places is just that and so much more. I chose to talk about this book because it is important, it is more than just a YA contemporary and I learnt so much from it – about life, love, mental health and people.
It is all the things a good book should be and a whole lot more than that.
I feel like this book is a work of art. The way that the words are strung together is extraordinary. Reading it feels a bit like magic. I have read it twice and I’m still astounded by how this book makes me feel, how it makes me think. It is poetic, addictive, important and so, so lovely.
It is one of the only YA books I’ve read that truly delves into the realities of mental health and suicide. It showcases the effect that bullying and harmful words have on an individual, how much pain just a single word can cause. It touches deeply on mental health – the state of mind of someone who has lost a person close to them, the thoughts of a suicidal teenager and the feelings of a suicide survivor.
The characters are beautiful and they have meaning. Each one has been developed and brought to life, vividly on the page. They are complex, honest and real! They and their story have an impact, a purpose, a meaning. They are important. This book is important.
It made me smile, laugh and cry. I fell in love with the characters, the story and the writing. It broke my heart and I sat staring at the wall, crying over a fictional world. And that is how you can tell it’s a good book – the characters and their story feel real to you.
It inspired me and made me want to wander. To see everything there is to see. To live. To find my mountain.
It is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve read the last words, that gives you things to think about, that opens your eyes and your mind. It is the kind of book that changes the way you look at this world and the people in it.
It is absolutely, unconditionally, resolutely beautiful and it needs to be read.