December 17, 2016

Book Love: All the Bright Places

If you ever read my book reviews on this blog, then you know I have a particular soft spot for character-driven YA novels. (See: Eleanor & Park, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Universe, Mosquitoland, etc.) There's just something about the capturing of that time of life. It's so hard, so pivotal...the stories so relatable. Even if I've never really been through what the character's going through, there's just something universal about the trials of adolescence and early adulthood.

So, after basically taking the entire month of November off from reading (aside from a parenting book and a memoir for book club) I thought I'd jump back in with a good character-driven YA read. And, my oh my, did I find another beauty.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is the story of Violet and Finn, two broken teenagers who meet under most unusual circumstances and at exactly the right moment in their lives. It is a story of love and courage and a fight worth fighting, even when not everybody wins. The true beauty of this book is Niven's rendering of Finn. You will fall in love with this boy and he will stay with you even after you've read the last page.

Think about adding it to your to-read list...or even your last minute Christmas list. You can get it from Amazon for less than $5 right now, and it is so worth more than that. Or you can check it out from your local library for nothing. Or, if you live near me, you can borrow my copy. ;-)

Until next time, happy reading.

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