All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reminiscent of Thirteen Reasons Why and Spectacular Now, All the Bright Places' Theodore Finch has won my heart then broken it, while Violet Markey has reminded me that some things can be lovely and then not.
Their story begins with both lost then shifts to them navigating their less than perfect realities, as they work through what is acceptable and not in definitions of who they are/were/could be from his Freak to her Survivor, his Son to her Sister, then stranger, friend, and finally more...
Every aspect of this resonates. For him, it's his undefined nature, his need to be felt, and his want to matter--- all the while speaking truth that's not once rendered unlikely with the too-profound. And while that last is likewise present, its still his TRUTH I take with me, for there's possibility in his manner and honesty in his everything else.
Then for her, it's the notion of not- knowing who she is, where she's headed, as well as what really counts.
So that it's his presence that seems to change things for her (and her in his as well,) but such is an oversimplification as nothing really changes until they do and in this case those push, no shove us toward an end that... that breaks your heart for one of them but leaves you hopeful for the other.
This is at all once thoughtful, truthful, heart breaking.
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