01/02/2015 – I started All The Bright Places early this morning as a read-along with a Bookstagram friend in Dubai. I’m currently two thirds of the way through and I’m enjoying it, mostly. It’s as though Eleanor & Park, The Fault in Our Stars and Perks of Being a Wallflower have all been thrown into a bowl and mixed up; there are elements from all three books in this one (death, teenage angst, girl/boy relationships, poetry and literary quotes…….) I’m going to keep reading and I’ll update again when I’ve finished the last 130 or so pages. Up to now, I think I would recommend!
02/02/2015 – Just finished All The Bright Places and I’m a bit gutted to be honest. I was really enjoying the first half of the book and then the similarities to John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars” just became a bit too much for me. The literary quotes, the girl/boy relationship, the tried-too-hard-to-make-a-romance and the eccentric male character who has a strange name……It was all too much like I was re-reading TFIOS but set in a different context. I’m probably going to make myself very unpopular amongst the John Green fanset but I wasn’t a huge fan of TFIOS and I think it was these similarities that made me go off this book towards the end too. I AM glad that I read this (plus it wasn’t a ‘did-not-finish so that’s good!) I just don’t think I’ll be re-reading it any time soon.
If you are a John Green fan, this book should be perfect for you and I imagine it will get a great following from the majority of the young adult audience. It just wasn’t for me
(From the back cover) “Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. Violet Markey is devastated by her sisters death. They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves”