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10th and 11th February

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Finch writes: Also the world’s largest man. I’m worried that our nutritional resources are actually damaged. Maybe this is one reason I’m so tall. What if I don’t stop growing? Will you want me just as much when I’m fifteen feet nine inches?

Me: How can I want you then when I don’t want you now?

Finch: Give it time. The thing I’m most concerned with is how I’m going to ride a bike. I don’t think they make them that big.

“There was this famous British astronomer named Sir Patrick Moore. He hosted a BBC television program called Sky at Night, which ran for something like fifty-five years. Anyway, on April 1, 1976, Sir Patrick Moore announced on his show that something extraordinary was getting ready to happen in the skies. At exactly 9:47 a.m., Pluto would pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to the earth. This was a rare alignment that meant the combined gravitational force of those two planets would exert a stronger tidal pull, which would temporarily counteract gravity here on earth and make people weigh less. He called this the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect.”

Violet is heavy against my arm, and for a minute I wonder if she’s asleep.

“Patrick Moore told viewers that they could experience the phenomenon by jumping in the air at the exact moment the alignment occurred. If they did, they would feel weightless, like they were floating.”

She shifts a little.

“At 9:47 a.m., he told everyone, ‘Jump now!’ Then he waited. One minute passed, and the BBC switchboard lit up with hundreds of people calling in to say they’d felt it. One woman phoned from Holland to say she and her husband had swum around the room together. A man called from Italy to say he and his friends had been seated at a table, and all of them—including the table—rose into the air. Another man called from the States to say he and his children had flown like kites in their backyard.”

Violet is propped up now, looking at me. “Did those things actually happen?”

“Of course not. It was an April Fool’s joke.”

She smacks my arm and lies back down. “You had me believing.”

“But I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now. Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the earth and I’m floating.”

In a minute, she says, “You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.

All the Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven (Goodreads Author)

 4.20  ·   Rating Details  ·  64,822 Ratings  ·  11,222Reviews

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
 
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

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My Review —- This book was recommended to me by Annie James, a friend on Goodreads.

I am at a complete loss of words. I am at contradiction here.

There is hopefully no spoilers so you can read the complete review.

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway

The story started with two teens from two different worlds and different lives standing on the ledge of a bell tower. There is Finch who is always thinking of divergent ways to commit suicide (so not what you are looking for in a book) and there is Violet who is counting the days until graduation so that she can finally leave the town.

         When Violet suddenly realises she is standing in a dangerous place (ledge of a bell tower), she starts fretting. Finch helps her and saves her from falling. This is how they meet and this meeting leads to another followed by many more. 

Today morning (9:45 AM) – Lol! This book is so good. Funny and with the best jokes.
WHY I WROTE THAT —

—-Because I’ve got a date with your mother later, I think but don’t say because, let’s face it, it’s lame, and also he will come up here and beat my face in and then throw me off, and this defeats the point of just doing it myself.

—— He says, “They’re serving pizza today,” as if I wasn’t standing on a ledge six stories above the ground, my arms outstretched, a girl wrapped around my knees

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Theodore Finch is smart, funny, cute and very likeable. His life isn’t so great and he does what he can to make it better. When Violet comes to his life, his life changes. With just one real smile, she makes various changes in his life. Finch is so not your boy next door. He has problems, huge ones. He is dealing with them, in his own way, the easy way, the coward’s way. 

Violet on the other hand, seems like a girl who needs constant care but she doesn’t. We come to know about it after 70% of the novel is done.

After 75%, I lost the urge to read it, I lost the urge to do anything. It got so depressing. Suddenly, I couldn’t understand why I even started it and why the f– certain things were happening!

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This was my view on finch in the 203rd page —

There are guys you like for one reason, two reasons and some for multiple. Finch was one of latter guys. He has plenty of positive things in his character certificate. I can’t tell a definite reason for liking him so much. I love him for his jokes, attitude, thoughts, looks, nature, and so many other things that I can’t write in a single paragraph.

This was a novel difficult to hate and difficult to love. I love the novel till Finch “Day 75″

After day 75 — This isn’t happening. Oh God…

After that, things started going bad, something unanticipated happened and then, I felt my heart crumble to pieces. I didn’t cry, nope, you cry when you actually feel something for the poor protagonist but I think the person was a coward. People suffer from worse and still live, they are heroes not people who never share things with friends, loved ones, and think ‘suicide’ is the only option. I can’t lie and yell that I didn’t like the book. I loved it, I love finch and I love Violet but I find the ending inappropriate and misleading. I wish I could understand the reason why it ended like that.

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Rating – 5.1 till 75% and .5 after it.
Hence, Four stars

Let’s clear some doubts.

—- Was it heart wrenching?

Hell yeah! I don’t ever want to read any book like “All the bright places” again. I wanted a positive ending. Fudge! I am sure everyone wanted it.

—- Is it for “The Fault in our stars” and “Eleanor and Park” readers?

Nope. I don’t think so. Augustus will always remain my hero. Hazel, the best protagonist and the most courageous girl I have had the privilege to read about.

Violet was also a strong girl but Finch was a lost soul. 

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Will come with more!
Till then, Peace.

And yeah “Suicide is never an option, if you want help, there is, you just haven’t found the right person. Life is too precious, don’t think about dying, think about living.” 

Laugh and laugh,

And the world laughs with you;

Cry and Cry,

And you cry alone.”

Live.

Nishtha Singh