Not After Everything by Michelle Levy
Summary: Tyler was going to have the ideal life. A life with a nice girlfriend, lots of friends, a scholarship to Stanford. He threw it all away after his mother killed herself. Now his life couldn't get worse. Tyler lived with his abusive, alcoholic dad who forces him to pay for everything he needs to live. Now he's forced to work as much as he can to save up for everything even things like toilet paper. The only thing that's keeping him going is his dog, that fact he can lock him room, and that in a couple more months he can leave. His life takes an unexpected turn however, when he breaks up with his girlfriend and takes up a new job a some photography studio. There he rekindles an old friendship he practically forgot all about. *scroll down for spoilers*
Opinion: It took me a while to actually start liking this book but once I got into it, I really did. The part about Tyler's mother's death, I found a bit too descriptive and gory, but besides that the start of the book seemed alright. However it didn't hit me almost all the way until Jordyn.*scroll down for spoilers*
Read if You Like: lost friendships, love, loss, how to deal with loss
Favorite Quote: " 'I really don't deserve you.' 'I wish you'd stop saying that.' "
Summary Spoilers: At this new job at the studio he reunites with Jordyn. Jordyn used to be one of Tyler's closest friends when they were younger, but now that Jordyn has turned goth he can barely recognize her under the makeup, hair, and baggy clothes. After the initial hate battle between them Tyler and Jordyn soon become close friends again and ,not to long after that, boyfriend and girlfriend. However, Tyler still feels wary about sharing his situation and feelings with Jordyn, but when he does they become closer than ever. Even with Jordyn as Tyler's new hope in his life, back at home he still deals with his abusive father. One day Tyler's father gets too far and almost kills Tyler in a drunken stupor. Luckily Jordyn was nearby and able to call for help, saving Tyler's life. Even though Tyler and Jordyn know they are in love, when college comes Tyler also knows he has to leave this town and Jordyn understands and so they both leave one another.
Opinion Spoilers: I felt SO bad about Tyler's dad. Every time something happened I honestly wanted to help defend Tyler or just do something about it. I was SUPER glad Jordyn could help him out and it seemed like such dream family Jordyn had compared to Tyler's that it even made me grateful for my family. This was a great book but also so disheartening. I loved the way everything turns out it the end though. This is definitely a great YA book because it seems so realistic even though you know it's actually a fiction story. It honestly seems like there could be a Tyler and Jordyn going through this somewhere in the world and that's why and I really enjoyed this story.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Summary: Meg has grown up in a world of her own. A world where her parents let her pursue her passion and a world where she has always been able to see the brilliance of her parent's work. She has gotten close to Theo and Paul, but everything changes when her parent's invention, the Firebird, is stolen Meg's father is killed and Paul uses the Firebird to jump into a different dimension. Theo and Meg automatically believe Paul was the one who killed Meg's father and in order to get revenge they follow Paul to whatever dimension he jumped into. In this dimension, the technology is extremely advanced and Meg has lost her whole family and lives with her aunt instead. Luckily Theo is close by and they meet up and go find Paul. *scroll down for spoilers*
Opinion: At first I have to admit I was a bit confused as to what was going on, but after a couple pages in I was hooked. This was one heck of a story and my family can confirm how much I was talking about this and especially how much I wanted to pre-order the next book! I love EVERY SINGLE PART of this book, and it is definitely one of my favorite books now. The whole idea of this story really captivated me. From the dimension traveling to the plotline. However I have to admit my favorite part would be Meg seeing herself in different dimensions because the variety can't help but make you imagine what you might be like if there are different dimensions. In one world you could be an astronaut and another a surfer, the possibilities are endless and that amazes me.
Now, let's talk about the absolutely amazing characters and plot. It's probably obvious my favorite characters are Meg and Paul, but honestly I have to say that through reading this I really like her parents?! Does that seem weird... It's just because of how brilliant, creative, and brave they are. I think that the characteristics her parents have are traits many people wish for. OK NOW THE PLOT <3 I LOVE IT. Although ALL of the plot line was absolutely amazing, my favorite had to be the plot twists I had NO IDEA were coming. They only made me even more entranced with the story and I know I won't forget what happened in this book! *scroll down for spoilers*
Read if You like: sci-fi, love, dimension travel, adventure, plot twists, a great book
Cover: 5/5 (This cover is INCREDIBLY beautiful can I give it a 6?)
Favorite Quote: "I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that."
Summary Spoilers: Meg quickly finds out Paul was not behind her father's death, but Theo doesn't believe her. Paul leaves this dimension and soon Theo and Meg follow. In this dimension Meg is a Russian princess. However the society is not as advanced and so Theo can't get to Meg is this dimension, not to mention Meg's broken Firebird. Meg ends up spending a lot of time as a princess and with the Paul in this dimension. However, Meg really is spending time with the Paul in THIS dimension because Paul got his Firebird taken away. While Meg tries to get her Firebird fixed Meg bonds with Paul and forms a secret relationship with him. However events happen including a battle and Paul dies and Meg has to jump into the next dimension. Her Paul made it to the next dimension, but here Meg soon finds out that the REAL traitor is Theo and that her father IS STILL ALIVE. With the help of Paul she is able to bring back her father and everything is great and everyone is happy.
Opinion Spoilers:I WAS SO MAD AT OTHER DIMENSION THEO. To be honest... I was sort of rooting for Theo in the beginning, but all that happened and even though the REAL Theo was innocent I feel like he still has a part of the traitor in him. These plot twists were absolutely amazing though and I can't stop telling people I know about this book. I just love it SO MUCH.I also know that I REALLY WANT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK. *clicks pre-order* (EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK THOUGH)
Forever For A Year by B. T. Gottfred
Summary: Carolina and Trevor are both in high school and they quickly fall in love. Trevor is new to Carolina's school, and although he quickly falls for Carolina at first he is deterred because everything tells him Carolina isn't "cool" or "popular." Meanwhile Carolina has sworn off boys, but can't help falling for Trevor. Soon they both realize how much they love one another and finally become girlfriend and boyfriend. At the same time, Carolina has a goal of becoming one of the "popular girls" this year. This goal changed Carolina and may have cost her more than she expected. *scroll down for spoilers*
Opinion: Forever for a Year is one of those books where you can't seem to decide if you like it or not. It's a book where you can't help but hope for a happy ending yet everything seems to go wrong. Although I loved the characters, I can't say I really enjoyed the plot. There wasn't any certain part of the book where I couldn't wait to read more. Everything was at a slower pace. Sometimes I do enjoy slower books, but I think I didn't enjoy this as much because I just expected a face paced novel. I have to say this will never be a favorite book of mine, but that I think for people who enjoy slower YA romances this could easily be a favorite. Another part I didn't quite enjoy was how much drama there was in this book. I know I know, this is fiction, but it felt so fake when all these things go wrong and get better and the plot just didn't seem realistic to me and it never completely grabbed my attention so after putting both those into account I just couldn't completely enjoy this book. I really don't want to say a book is bad, but I didn't find this book a page turner. *scroll down for spoilers*
Read If You Like: love, heartbreak, new relationships, drama, firsts
Cover: 4.5/5 (I love the font and the cherries; they're so cute and pretty at the same time)
Summary Spoilers: Carolina is quickly drawn to the appeal of being popular especially since her best friend has the same goal in mind. However, after starting to date Trevor, Carolina and her best friend don't have the same kind of friendship they did before. Even after a while Caroline and Trevor don't have the same kind of appealing relationship they did before and Carolina finds herself a bit bored with her life. Then she makes the biggest mistake. She calls an older guy from school to see if she really would end things with Trevor and though she leaves him immediately everything goes wrong when he claims they kissed. Trevor is extremely angry and their relationship can't ever go back to the way things were. Trevor and Carolina are no more. They live on with their own lives and came to the fact that even though they both loved each other the timing wasn't right and they went on with life.
Opinion Spoilers: I thought that the whole spoilers part was quite cheesy. Some parts added a nice plot line, but others I thought were , personally, unnecessary. However I REALLY enjoyed the Acknowledgements the most. PLEASE if anyone reads this book really just finish the story and then read the acknowledgements. I think after reading that my ratings moved up from a 3.5 to a 4. Like THAT is how much I loved the ending. Overall this book is worth a read if you enjoy books similar to this one.
The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor
Summary: The Things You Kiss Goodbye is in the perspective of a teenage girl called Bettina. Her father is very strict with her and therefore her life choices are very limited. That is until Brady Cullen took her heart and also miraculously her father's permission to date her. Bettina and Brady were each other's first love and they were both so happy. However Brady started out as a shy caring boy but as they both get older it is quickly obvious how much Brady changes. As Brady get more popular the way he acts ,in general, changes but the way he treats Bettina changes massively. Then Bettina meets Cowboy. *scroll down for spoilers*
Opinion: This book was not at all what I thought it would be, but in both good and bad ways. Let's start with the good. I absolutely loved the way Leslie Connor described Bettina and her life. It was like getting to know Bettina herself. The whole book also flowed really well together. Unfortunately, at least for me, I felt like around the beginning to the middle of the book everything was moving at such a slow pace. So although we got a lot of description of her life it slowed everything down. Besides that, it was a great set up. There are more of both good and bad things but I have to save them for the spoilers ;P sorry. *scroll down for spoilers*
Read If You Like: Love, heartbreak, sad stories, first love
Favorite Quote: LOL THIS IS MORE LIKE A COUPLE SENTENCES THOUGH " 'I mean I saw him in my mind's eye. Your friend. I imagined in, Bettina. I imagined that he was out back with you and the boys. And I thought, what's so bad? We could welcome him - somehow- we could reach an understanding. I would have tried for you. I would have helped you tell your bampas.' My mother reached for me and I let her take my hands. 'I am so sorry we never go that chance.' "
Summary Spoilers: Cowboy is older, but incredibly kind to Bettina and is the first ounce of kindness Bettina has received in a long time. Meanwhile, Brady is getting even worse with Bettina and soon Bettina has bruises and scratches all over her body from Brady, but she still doesn't leave him. Eventually Bettina realizes she is falling in love with Cowboy and vice versa, but both have their own problems Bettina with her abusive boyfriend Brady and restricting family while Cowboy has an abusive mother that he can't seem to find the heart to leave behind. Finally Bettina and Cowboy exclaim their love for one another and promise to leave both their abusers. Bettina is even able to get her mother to understand that she was in love and to even meet Cowboy soon. Unfortunately, the same day, Cowboy gets into a car problem and dies. When Bettina finds out the next day, she is heartbroken and for once her family partially understands. Her grief fills her life for a while and in a desperate attempt to feel better she even cuts off her beautiful, long hair. At last Bettina realizes though she will always love Cowboy and think about him, she has to live life and continue on.
Opinion Spoilers:More good stuff...COWBOY. Yes yes he was old but I was so happy someone could drag Bettina away from Brady. I was literally so pissed at Brady I could have verbally damaged him... because I'm probably not stronger than him physically. I really hated that someone who started so sweet had to become such an evil person later on. At the same time I was angry at Bettina, because she was waiting for the old Brady to come back when it was clear that she should have left. Now, the bad news. WHY DID COWBOY HAVE TO DIE. It really didn't seem fair that after all Bettina went through that the one person, the one good thing she had in her life and fell in love with so much, had to die. It felt incredibly unfair and it made me quite angry. Overall, it had a unique plot and I enjoyed reading it.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Summary:Saint Anything starts with a girl called Sydney.Sydney WAS rich, but after her brother's repeated mistakes her family had lost a lot of money. Now here she is about to go to a PUBLIC school for the first time. This was a brand new start a way to hide her brother's past as well as her connection to him. Here she could start over. At Sydney's new school she starts out alone until one day she decides to go for some pizza at Seaside Pizza. Here she first meets Mac who helps her with her order. Next she meets a Layla and they quickly bond over the fact Sydney is the only one who ever wants a root beer flavored YumYum. At home Sydney has to deal with: 1. an over controlling mother 2.a drug addict/ drunk driver/potential murderer brother who is at jail 3. a friend of her brother that is practically on the edge of sexual harassment.(Her brother was drunk and hit a boy, David Ibotta, and caused him to no longer be able to use his legs.) Sydney doesn't talk to Mac or Layla or even buy pizza for a while, but finally after a while and an interesting night at a nightclub with Eric's band (Eric is Layla and Mac's friend) Sydney is finally a part of their little friend group. Soon Layla and Sydney become the best of friends, but everyone has bumps in their road.*scroll down for spoilers*
Opinions:This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I usually hate rereading anything, but I wouldn't even mind rereading this one. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE part of this book is the way the characters were made. You can tell how much effort Sarah Dessen put into each and everyone one of them. If these characters were real and I passed them on the street ,after reading about them, I really think I could figure out it was them. Not only were the characters so well written the book in general was absolutely amazing. So much was going on, but at the same time it didn't overwhelm your mind and the plot and the way the words flowed together was just perfect. *scroll down for spoilers*
Read if you love: adventure, life, death, love, friendships, hardships, PERFECT STORIES
Cover: 5/5 Absolutely stunning! It gives off such a mysterious/intriguing yet beautiful feeling.
Summary Spoilers: (so much goes on but I'll try my best here we go!) Mac and Sydney get into a secret relationship. Layla helps protect Sydney from Ames (her brother, Peyton's, perverted friend). Sydney sleeps over at Layla's house and they go to the hidden carousel in the woods. Eric's band (which includes Irv, Ford, and Mac) got to participate in a competition that potentially help there band win a lot of bigger shows with bigger audiences. However when they go to Sydney's house to record she takes one sip of beer/wine? at the same time her mom comes through the door. Then her life is heavily restricted. Layla also finds out about her secret relationship with her brother, Mac. Soon changes are made however when Sydney finally talks to Peyton and realizes she's not the only one feeling guilt. Her family is slowing readjusting and Ames is kicked out and Sydney's friends are again accepted. They band also wins the competition. At the very end Sydney gains the confidence to finally go and meet David Ibotta as well as apologize to him.
Opinion Spoilers:My favorite part was at the carousel, but the cover only made that image even better. I was also SUPERDUPER happy Ames got what he deserved because he was a pervert and UGH I wanted to punch him as soon as I realized what he was doing to Sydney. Mac and Sydney are relationship goals though! They are so kind to one another and even after everything that happened they pulled through together. Then there's Layla and Sydney which are friendship goals because you can really see how perfectly they fit one another and how they're both so much better when the other person is around. Overall this book has to be my favorite as of now (and probably for a while now) it is so well written and everything was absolutely stunning!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Summary: When Anna is suddenly whisked away from the only world she knew in Atlanta, Georgia and sent away to a boarding school in Paris, she was furious and nervous, but she never could have guessed what was really going to happen. At her new school, SOAP (School of America in Paris), she makes a whole new group of friends: Meredith, Josh, Rashmi, and St. Clair. Soon Anna can't help but admit that she's in love with St. Clair... unfortunately he also happens to already be in a serious relationship with Ellie. *scroll down for spoilers*
Opinions: Anna and the French Kiss is such a great classic YA romance. After not reading one for a while I have to say I really enjoyed this. I think the reason I really enjoyed this book though was because of how unlike fairy tales you were able to see all the problems Anna and St. Clair's relationship went through. For example, in the beginning it was pretty awkward because of St. Clair already being in another relationship.
So I'm going to be honest here, I really should have read this book sooner, but I never bothered to read the summary and I really judged this book by it's cover. It has an amazing plot and the characters are easy to get to know and just a few pages after meeting everyone you feel like you are also a part of this group.
This part might just be because of how I've grown up, but there is honestly more drama in this book than all of the drama that has ever happened at my school (granted that it's a nerd school (but a great one love y'all if you're reading this ;D )). So honestly I really didn't think the book needed so much? At some points I even had to check to make sure I knew what was actually happening, but now being my hypocritical self I do have to say drama makes the book pretty interesting so there's that too. *scroll down to read spoiler's review*
Read if you love: YA, love/romance, boarding school, Paris, movies, drama
Cover:the eiffel tower one- 3/5
the pink one - 4.5/5
Favorite Quote: "I wish for the thing that is best for me."
Summary Spoilers: Anna and St. Clair get to bond a lot during Thanksgiving break and only get closer by texting during Winter break. During this time St. Clair also finds out his mother was diagnosed with a high stage of cancer. When they get back things seem a bit awkward, but they quickly bond once again. Then a walk to the park leads to Anna's French Kiss (HAHA I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE STEPHANIE PERKINS), but Mer sees them and after having a crush on St. Clair her heart is absolutely broken. Then St. Clair runs after her and Anna is left confused. After hating St. Clair for a while and even dating another boy, she finds out St. Clair actually broke up with his long time girlfriend Ellie for her while Anna thought he was just running away from her. So, Anna and St. Clair finally get together and have their happy ever after.
Opinion Spoilers:THE CANCER PART WAS REALLY SAD ST. CLAIR AND HIS MOM DID NOT DESERVE THAT AT ALL. I won't even tell you what happened to his mom even some spoilers aren't meant to be spoiled ;). Anyways, although I knew they were going to get together at the end (like most YA love stories) I didn't except all these plot twists and that what really enjoyed about this plot!
Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel
Summary:Between us and the moon is a story about sixteen year old Sarah who falls in love and at the same time into a pit of lies. When one day her boyfriends breaks up with her because she "watches the world" Sarah is determined to change. So Sarah (aka Bean) tries to be like her popular and beautiful sister Scarlett. She fakes her age, clothes, and even tells people that she's headed off to MIT in the fall. However at the same time she's starting a relationship with Andrew a friend of Scarlett's and an incredibly kind boy, but he's 19 and she's only 16. Soon her lies are almost standing in the way of their relationship. She only expected a summer fling, but as Bean really falls in love with Andrew she knows her secrets and lies are about to be exposed, but should she really risk the truth? Isn't it better the way it is? *scroll down for spoilers*
Opinion: Do you know that moment in a horror movie where the pretty girl is about to open the door and let a murderer in? That's pretty much how I felt when Sarah started lying I was just mentally screaming STOPPPPP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE in my brain ... for pretty much a good 3/4 of the book? Even though that was going on I have to say I really enjoyed this read! ... *sigh* I really can't say much of my opinion without spoiling this story though :/ so... *scroll down for spoilers*
Read if you love: love, summer romances, lies, truths, future
Cover: 4.5/5 I love the typography and that you can see the stars!
Favorite Quote: "Let's swim to the moon"
Summary Spoilers: Sarah doesn't tell the truth, in fact she holds off for as long as possible. On the very last possible night she had to tell Andrew the truth and he pretty much has to leave her. Sarah's heartbroken, but through this relationship she formed a new one both with herself and her sister.
Opinion Spoilers: I sort of knew this was going to happen? but at the same time when it did I was really sad... I can't lie and Sarah and Andrew weren't a cute couple because they really were and I really wish that they were closer in age because then there definitely would have been a happy ending. Even though the relationship didn't work out, I was really glad Sarah found herself, because it was clear in the beginning (after the first breakup) that Sarah really didn't feel complete, but by the end she did find out she was an amazing person and throughout her life she would meet people that would love her for her and not force her to change.
Kissing In America by Margo Rabb
Summary: Kissing in America is a (sorta) tragic love story about Eva's first love. Eva's father passed away in a plane accident two years ago and since then Eva's mother and Eva's lives have never been the same. While Eva's mother seems to push Eva's father out of their lives as quickly as possible Eva wants to remember her, but is left with no one to talk to about him so instead she lets everyone think he passed away by a heart attack in his sleep. However, soon at her school she meets Will. Will is dangerously wonderful and she soon finds that it is hard to keep her father's death a secret from him. By the time she gives in Will has fallen in love with her and soon they become an item. However, disaster strikes when Will is forced to move to California suddenly and Eva is left behind. Eva, being a romance book lover, could not stand for her relationship to end so suddenly and was determined to visit Will in California, but problems occur when her mother denies her. Luckily Eva was able to find a way around that by entering her best friend in the smartest girl in the world competition located in California. After her friend, Annie, makes it in the contest, they both head on a road trip (no planes because of Eva's father's accident) to California. *to read spoilers scroll down*
Opinion: I enjoyed this book mostly. I really sympathized with Eva's back story and so I couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for her throughout the book, but Eva is a pretty strong person so when I saw Eva falling for Will so desperately I wanted to tell her to stop?!(does this even make sense) I think the reason Eva depended on Will so much was because her mother never provided her an outlet and so when someone finally seemed to care she took it all in, but when Will left she was left alone. Her love for romance novels also only provided her with happy endings and it never really showed her the truth or other possibilities.
I really enjoyed reading all the stories she experienced on her road trip to California and I think that the road trip really helped open her eyes to how life was full of other stories, not just romantic ones.
I didn't really enjoy the part at the contest. Eva just usually seemed pretty mature until the contest and I get that she was desperate, but I personally don't think it was worth it.(lol you probably don't know what I'm talking about ) I would recommend this book to people who want to know the truth about love and people who want to read a story about other kinds of relationships (like friendships and family love). This book would also be good for anyone who just wants to read about an adventure between two friends. *to read spoilers scroll down*
Cover: 3/5 (idk I just didn't particularly like the neon sign even though it made sense with the story)
Favorite Quote:"A person should die in one peace. A good death. People shouldn't die with their bodies destroyed. How you die was never a phrase that had entered my head before."
Summary Spoilers: So once Eva and Annie arrive at the contest Eva is desperate to see Will, but Will was only available right then and so Eva had to sneak out. Unfortunately, Eva could not make it back in the contest room in time and was forced to stay out and right when Annie was about to win Annie need Eva's help, because there was a romance novel question, but Annie was nowhere to be found. Embarrassed, Eva had a whole apology to Annie and they made up, but Will was out of her life. Even though they didn't win the contest Annie got the back up prize, and Eva's mom finally realized her little girl could survive without her constant nagging, but most importantly Eva learned that life wasn't a romance novel and that even though in books couples always made it through thick and thin, it doesn't always happen in real life. Opinion Spoilers:I was actually pretty mad at Eva. It was one of those moments where you are thinking WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU SHOULDN'T SEE WILL. ANNIE NEEDS YOU GET BACK IN THERE YOU'RE GOING TO BE LATE and yeah stuff like that. There was a lot of frustration there. At the same time I was mad at Will for letting such a kind person like Eva go, but reading through the book it was clear Will had changed and that pretty much everyone had learned something, but that it was still all going to be ok.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Summary: Finding Audrey is a story about a girl named Audrey trying to recover from an incident at school that left her paralyzed with fright whenever it came to social interaction. However, as Audrey is recovering, her family seems to recover with her. Surprisingly, what sparks Audrey's recovery starts with a sudden human interaction with a boy named Linus (her brother, Frank's, friend). When Audrey first meets Linus she couldn't help but think about him and soon she wishes he would come around more often just so they could pass notes to each other. The closer Audrey and Linus get the more Audrey faces her fears. Soon Audrey is no longer afraid of Linus and they even become a couple. Audrey seems to be getting much better until her meeting with one of the people that was a part of Audrey's initial incident at school. *to read spoiler scroll down*
Opinions: When I grabbed this book off the shelf I literally had no idea what I was in for (especially since I didn't even read any reviews or summaries on this). Though I felt the book didn't have much action in it, I still enjoyed reading it and it was a pretty good leisure read. Although I enjoyed the story, I didn't really like that the back story started out so vague. At the same time, this book was pretty predictable right when Linus is introduced into the story. This is just one of the books where it starts out quite crazy, but soon you understand what's happening, the rest of the story becomes rather predictable. Despite that, I would still recommend this book to anyone who's interested in love stories or how making friends can help deal with different kinds of problems. Although this book is obviously fiction, I really liked the fact that it was quite realistic and that just because Linus and Audrey fell in love, she didn't miraculously heal and continue on with her life, but instead she learned how life has its ups and downs.
Favorite Quotes: "I can feel his eyes on me all the time. Like sunshine."
Summary Spoilers: Audrey later meets with one of the girls that caused her accident even though Linus warns her not to. She ends up furious and decides to go to the park. However, her parents wake up the next morning to find her missing and everyone becomes frantic they even try to blame Linus. Luckily they find her safe and sound asleep at the park. From this Audrey realizes she wasn't completely healed and that she probably would never be, but it would be ok because that's the just the way life was.
Opinion Spoilers: I though it was quite a cheesy ending even though I enjoy having happy endings it almost didn't seem realistic to me. For example, in the beginning of the story Audrey's mother was completely against the idea of video games, but at the end one event changed her into a mother that advocated for the same video games she hated just maybe a month ago? I don't know maybe it was just me but it seem too sudden.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Summary: All the Bright Places is an amazing love story about a boy named Finch and a girl named Violet. Violet was involved in a car accident that ended her sister's (Eleanor's) life and since then Violet although alive has not been living her life. That is where Finch comes in. Finch is a boy that has been abused at home and teased at school and lives life in the moment. One day Finch climbed up to the bell tower of the school and finds Violet about to jump, but instead he is able to convince her that life is still worth living even though he has thought about jumping many times himself. In fact most of Finch's life is spent finding different foul proof ways of ending his mostly miserable life. Violet is the first good thing that has happened to Finch in a while though and he is quick to try and keep her in his life, by doing a school project with her. Their assignment is to wander the state and soon through a couple of adventures Violet and Finch are in deeply in love and even though Finch has saved Violet's life, Finch continues to have problems of his own: problems he can't solve on his own, but won't admit to anyone else. *the rest of the summary is in the spoilers section*
Opinions: I don't even want to admit how much and how long I cried after I finished reading this book. Both Finch and Violet are amazing characters that are both so lovable and it felt like I was meeting two old friends. Finch was someone I felt bad for and at the same time envied. I love his creative side and I felt so bad he had a dark side most likely just due to his childhood abuse and the teasing he got at school. I could tell how badly Finch needed a father figure or any family in his life, but at least he had Violet as a lifeline for a little while. The love Finch and Violet had for one another was so strong and beautiful. Since Finch had not been given the kind of love most children get or deserve I think that the love Violet gave him cause him to express years pent up of love to Violet, and that love Violet gave came back at her ten times as strong.
My favorite part when they started falling in love was on one of their wanderings Finch brought them to the church wall with the words "Before I die I want to _______" and their answers to that made me squeal inside and also feel so happy for them. Violet is such an amazing person that was held back by a horrible accident, but although she didn't save Finch directly like he did her, throughout the story is was clear how much Violet was saving Finch from himself. Another favorite part of mine was the way Finch showed Violet the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect and how they used this theory to describe their love for one another. It was quite a beautiful way to show how much they were in love with one another.
This book was amazing, but it still had parts I hated. Don't get me wrong though, it wasn't the story I hated, it was what happened. Whenever Finch was breaking down or something went wrong I was crying or screaming STOP in my head. I was absolutely terrified at certain parts and my devotion to Finch and Violet just forced me to hope and pray that there was a happy ending and so everytime something didn't work out quite right I was panicking so much.*the rest of the opinion is in the spoilers section*
Cover:The cover is gorgeous. However, I have the hardcover version and in my opinion the inner cover is even more beautiful in a simple kind of way. The cover definitely lives up to the story it holds in between it.
Favorite Quotes: - " 'The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it's the small things that count.' "
- " 'We all have a shelf life.' "
- "What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good?"
- "The thing I realized is that it's not what you take, it's what you leave."
Summary Spoilers: Finch went into the Blue Hole and never came out(and small piece of me died with him) leaving Violet without Eleanor or Finch, but she already learned so much from Finch she is able to live on even though she loves him so much. Opinion Spoilers:I CRIED SO MUCH WHEN FINCH DIED (even when I sort of guessed what was about to happen). Tears just streamed down my face and I could not stop them, but at that point I didn't care, because FINCH WAS FREAKIN' GONE. Violet and Finch were so perfect together and the beginning of the story truly convinced most of me Violet and Finch would become a happy couple and get married and then run off into the sunset....that obviously didn't happen. ANYWAYS this story was still mindblowingly amazing because of just the plot, characters, and honestly everything. By the end of this story I was 100% devoted to everything Finch and Violet did and so when Finch jumped it really killed me. Meanwhile I was really glad Violet was finally able to learn so much about how to deal with the rest of her life and how neither her sister or Finch's death was her fault. Overall, this book has to be my favorite right now so thanks to Jennifer Niven so much for writing this amazing novel!
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