HALF WAY BOOK REVIEW | All The Bright Places

Friday, 20 January 2017

**Spoiler Alert!**

I'm trying very hard to get into the swing of reading new books but I'm just finding it takes me a while to read a book in a reasonable amount of time. It can take me a good few weeks to finish some books which I think is pretty pathetic but at least I'm finishing them!

A while ago I found All The Bright Places in my local charity shop, having seen and heard Zoella talk about it I thought I might as well give it a read and I did plan on buying it at full price from WH Smith but I'm glad I didn't as I got it at a much cheaper price and plus, my money went towards helping other people.

From the very first page of this book, the main topic of this book becomes crystal clear. For those of you that haven't heard what this book is about, the book is based around depression among teenagers at school. Now I just want to say that I'm glad that this book does exist because although it's based on fiction, teenagers and young adults do suffer from depression. Whilst reading it I was mad at the idea that this doesn't get taught in school, well not in my school anyway. I remember getting taught about the basics of sex, a small part on smoking, a bit more on alcohol and a damn lot on drugs. Every year I was taught drugs were bad and it was the same thing every single time but nothing to do with depression.

Both the main characters; Finch and Violet, I became fond of really quickly. It's clear that Finch does suffer from depression and has suicidal thoughts throughout the book (the book so far as I'm currently half way though.) Both the characters have one thing in common and that's the thought of death. They both meet at the top of the bell tower as Finch was debating suicide and ends up seeing Violet up there as well. I'm still not sure what has caused Finch all these suicidal thoughts but maybe I haven't got to that part yet. On the other hand Violet is constantly thinking about death because of her sister being killed in a car accident and ever since then, she refuses to get in a car.

This book made me empathise with both the characters which is strange because they don't exist but having said that depression does exist and people do thinks these thoughts. Whenever I start reading this book I just want both Finch and Violet to be happy and make all those horrible thoughts disappear.

So far, I have to say this book is beautifully written, it's so strange to me that I want to continue reading something that is so harrowing to read. I have to say that I'm really enjoying this book and I'm eager to find out what happens but I have a hunch that it's not going to be a nice ending but then again, not everything or everyone has a nice ending.

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