This is the story of a boy and girl who you would never expect to have anything in common. Theodore Finch is known as the “weird” boy who has a very strong interest in death and fascinates himself by thinking of ways to commit suicide. Violet Markey blame’s herself for her sister’s death, and is constantly waiting for the future to come faster so she can get out of the small town that reminds her of her sister at every turn. Theodore and Violet have never really crossed paths until the day they both end up on top of the bell tower. That is where Violet saves Theodore, or is it the other way around? Violet and Theodore end up working together on a project where they explore their boring town. Theodore shows Violet the best places around, and they become adventurers. Unfortunately, while Violet begins to enjoy her life, Theodore’s life crumbles into pieces. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven takes you on a wild journey of heartbreak and the sadder parts of life. I chose to read this book because it was easy to see it would be a beautiful story between an unlikely match. The main reason I finished this book was because it was a unique story with a tragic twist. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a tragic but fascinating story in the Young Adult genre.
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For Aysel, nothing in her life seems worthy anymore, which is why she is contemplating taking her own life. Her mother thinks of her as a disgrace and her whole town is frightened by just the thought of her father. Along with her family life, she is constantly being mocked at school. She is fed up with her life so begins to plan for her suicide. After some research, Aysel realizes she needs someone to help her go through with her plan. This is why she goes to a website to find a “suicide partner”. Luckily, she finds the not-so-perfect perfect match. Her match, user FrozenRobot a.k.a. Roman, and Aysel begin to plan things out just the way they want them. As things start to get more serious, Aysel isn’t 100% she wants to go through with the plan. She is now left to make the decision of going through with it or convincing Roman not to. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga is a heartbreaking take on a could-be love story. It stood out from many other books and is the perfect book for people who enjoy the darker parts in the Young Adult genre.
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Glory and her BFF (but not-so-much anymore) Ellie, find a dead, dried up bat which they end up mixing in some of their warm beer one night. The next day, the girls can see the past and future of any person they look at. Glory’s past includes a mom who stuck her head in the gas oven and killed herself when Glory was only four. The girls’ parents used to be close friends who started out together to create the non-commercialized counterculture commune) that is now owned by Ellie’s mom.
Glory is close to graduating high school but totally disengaging from her fellow students as well as her future, throwing away anything sent to her from prospective colleges. She is a loner who hides behind a camera, observing life around her rather than living it. Is she suicidal, like her mom? Her dad doesn’t help much, but sits on the couch most of the day with his laptop, assisting people with computer issues. Glory inherited her mother’s talent with a camera and has started using her mom’s basement darkroom. She discovers her mom’s photo journals, plus a secret hidden journal. Glory slowly finds her way back to a more normal, healthy lifestyle—literally developing a better life along with her photographs. Some sections of the book are pretty dark as Glory is struggling with depression; her thoughts and experiences are rather bleak for most of the book. Her new ability to see the future and the past is mainly a device to help Glory find a reason to care about others and her future. What she sees is pretty frightening—a future where women are unable to work via government decree, a second civil war with girls being kidnapped and taken across the border into rebel territory and counter-rebels using secret tunnels to sabotage the rebel leader and assist women and their children to flee to treetop refuges.
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