Everything about her is captivating, like the aftermath of a storm. People aren’t supposed to get pleasure out of the destruction Mother Nature is c Everything about her is captivating, like the aftermath of a storm. People aren’t supposed to get pleasure out of the destruction Mother Nature is capable of, but we want to stare anyway. Charlie is the devastation left in the wake of a tornado.
I've come to expect nothing but perfection from Colleen Hoover. For me, she nails it every time. But I'd never read anything by Tarryn Fisher. Blown away!! They have delivered an amazing, original story. I'm still reeling from what i've just read. The wait for the next book will surely kill me!!...more
For a minute I can feel it: the sense of peace as my mind goes quiet, like I'm already dead. I am weightless and free. Nothing and on one to fear, n For a minute I can feel it: the sense of peace as my mind goes quiet, like I'm already dead. I am weightless and free. Nothing and on one to fear, not even myself.
My heart. My poor aching heart. I cried like I've never cried before while reading a book. Big, ugly crying. Loud and scary sobbing. This is a book. Just a book. At least that's what I kept telling myself. This isn't real. But it is. This story is so real, because its happening every single day, the world over. This story could be happening right next door to where I live right now. It could be happening to someone in my family.
"The cadence of suffering has begun." - Cesare Pavese I am in pieces.
When I read a book as amazing as All the Bright Places, the characters become my friends, my family. When they're sad, I'm sad. When they're happy, I'm happy. When they're in pain, I'm in pain. I become so invested in their story that it stays with me long after I've turned the last page. Just a passing comment from another book lover can bring to the surface all of the emotions that a book elicited in me. That's how it is with this book.
For once, I don't want to be anyone but Theodore Finch, the boy she sees. He understands what it is to be elegant and euphoric and a hundred different people, most of them flawed and stupid, part asshole, part screwup, part freak... A boy who belongs - here in the world, here in his own skin. He is exactly who I want to be and what I want my epitaph to say: The boy Violet Markey loves.
Theodore Finch is witty and incredibly intelligent. His mind is a brilliant place, that at times could also be fast and frantic. But his heart... His heart was a thing of beauty. He cared and he loved and he gave so much. But Finch is bullied and beaten. He's called a freak. His home life is sad. His Dad is an arse and his Mum is so distant. And Finch feels everything so greatly. I cannot put into words how much I loved him. This boy is in my heart for life.
Just like Finch, Violet Markey knows pain and depression. But she has such strength and wonderful parents. When a chance encounter on the ledge of the school bell tower throws this unlikely pair together for a school project, Violet's eyes are opened to how incredible Finch is. Violet doesn't have an instant attraction to Finch, but he's nothing if not persistent and it's not long before his natural charm wears her down.
I felt so let down by some of the adults in this book. Finch's family failed so miserably in recognising the signs and behaviour that at times was right under their noses. I wanted to scream at them and shake them and make them see. I wanted them to sit up and pay attention to this boy that desperately needed help.
The thing I realize is that it's not what you take, it's what you leave.
This book. This author. I have never, in all my years of reading, read a book that has affected me as greatly or as deeply as this one. It is beauty. It is love. It is pain. It is sadness. It is grief. It is loss. It is life. It is death. It just simply is.
This book has been compared to the Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park. Personally, I don't like to compare books because ultimately one is going to come off second best. But sometimes a book comes along that blows all others out of the water. This is that book. Get it, read it, and let it become one of the best books you're most likely to read.
You are all the colors in one. at full brightness.
5/5 Theodore Finch Stars.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Quotes are from an ARC and may have changed at the time of publishing. ...more