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“You make me lovely, and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.” Finch’s letter to Violet.
There’s a theme in a lot of the books I read these days- that teenagers appreciate great works of literature. Then again, may be they do, what do I know? I’ve only been a non-teen for like ten seconds.
All The Bright Places is a book based on two troubled teenagers who, remarkably, enjoy quoting great writers like Virginia Woolf (which surprisingly made me fall in love with the book even more) and ultimately fall into a love facing so much opposition it puts William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to shame. Theodore Finch Jr. is erratic and restless, and he tries, with great success, to push the quiet and withdrawn Violet Markey out of her cocoon and into his world, full of wonders and adventure.
However, like all great romances, their relationship is all too soon curtailed when Finch’s demons combat him once more and drive him to the edge of nothingness. He pushes Violet away when she attempts to save him, and in the end, she somewhat does (save him, that is, but it’s all a matter of perspective, I guess), even though she almost loses herself in the fight.
The amazing thing about the book is how Jennifer Niven’s character, Theodore Finch Jr., expresses his thoughts and how he describes the world he lives in, both within him and around him. He’s deeply troubled and neurotically sensitive, but manages, in the most inexplicable way, to make the reader feel such blinding compassion for him. It’s a compellingly touching and wonderful read.
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