All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“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.”

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Rating: 5 stars

Violet and Theodore go to the same school but never talked to each others until one day Violet was about to jump and Theodore was there to save her. But, everyone at school believed that it was Violet who saved Finch. From that day Theodore was taken by Violet and even started a school project with her.

The 2 of them were different from each other. But what they have been enduring had made them close. Violet was still suffering from the death of her sister Eleanor and didn’t feel like doing a single thing. She even stopped writing, the thing she loved the most. Finch on the other hand was like one of his teachers stated was suffering from bipolar decease. But Finch did not accept the idea.

Throughout the book, we noticed how much Violet was changing. She was making new friends and started to fall in love with Finch. Finch was there helping her all the way, telling her that it’s no use to stay the way she is and that she should be enjoying her life more. He’s a fun character but we also notice that he doesn’t know who he is. However, despite the fact that Finch was helping Violet he was suffering from depression and mood swings. He saved his girlfriend but couldn’t save himself at the end of the day which led to his death.

The book was slow at times but it did pick up quickly. The thing in this book is that it dealt with depression, mental illness and suicide. Jennifer Niven highlighted those things in words that can get through your heart within seconds. She knew how to make us feel everything the characters were having. These subjects are not easy to talk about so maybe while reading people will have an idea about it.

 After i finished reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It really had a big impact on me. I couldn’t move one and read another book until a couple days later.

“You can’t do this to me. You were the one who lectured me about living. You were the one who said I had to get out and see what was right in front of me and make the most of it and not wish my time away and find my mountain because my mountain was waiting, and all that adds up to life. But then you leave. You can’t just do that. Especially when you know what I went through losing Eleanore”. (Violet)

Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher

“Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. her secrets should be buried with her. Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is one her tapes- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town …

… and what he discovers changes his life forever”. 

We follow Clay Jensen during the book as soon as he takes Hannah’s tapes and listen to them. Hannah had already committed suicide and at first he didn’t get why he has to listen to them. The tapes contained every single thing that has affected Hannah in her life that led in the end to her suicide. Every person that touched Hannah’s in a negative way is in a way responsible and his story is recorded on the tapes and when they finish listening they pass them to the next person.

This book is the debut novel of Jay Asher. I think he did a great in his writing. Suicide is not an easy subject to talk about and Asher did a good job in portraying it and sending the message to people. The book will let you think that every action you’re making can affect your life or people’s life in a way you can’t think of. You can think that this thing will not affect but nobody can know what the other is thinking.

Suicide is definitely not an excuse to end the life. People should stop criticizing other people’s life and starting to help them in their struggle ,,, Life is not easy and it has its ups and downs all the time but at the end of the day we should be surrounded by people that are willing to help us at any moment and that will be there for us. We can try to be attentive and see if anybody needs a hand or something; true, we can’t be psychic but at least if we do a little act of charity and help we could be saving someone’s life without even knowing.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

“It’s not exactly love at first sight for Tate Collins when she meets the tormented and secretive Miles Archer. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is a mutual physical attraction that can’t be denied. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they might have stumbled on the perfect no-strings arrangement. He isn’t looking for love, and she doesn’t have time for it-so that leaves just the sex. What they’ve got could be surprisingly  satisfying, as long as Tate can stick to the two rules Miles has for her: never ask about the past; don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but everything is different when real emotions start to change the equation”.

I’ve been hearing only great things about Colleen Hoover’s book whether it’s on Instagram or Twitter and I was curious to see why. And now I can see the reason behind all the buzz.

Ugly Love was the first book of this author that I’ve read and I’m really satisfied with the result. First of all, the story is told by two points of view but not in the same timeline which is interesting. The first one is told by Tate Collins and happens in the present; the second one is told by Miles Archer and happens 6 years earlier. The 2 points of view complete each others.

Tate meets a drunk Miles when she moves to her brother’s apartment, As the weeks pass, they didn’t get along so well. Miles was that mysterious guy who didn’t talk this much. On Thanksgiving, they agreed on a friends with benefits relationship based on 2 conditions that Miles have put: “Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly.  “And never expect a future.”  The more time they spent together, the more complicated things became as the lines between friendship and love began to blur.

It is known that in every Colleen Hoover’s book there has to be a tragedy that happened with one of the characters. Through the 6 years gap, we get to understand why Miles acts the way he does and why he doesn’t want to get attached to Tate. I was frustrated  at times with the way he acted toward Tate. He really did love her and wanted a relationship with her but in the same way he didn’t get any closure with his ex Rachel and didn’t know how to deal with the death of their son. He didn’t want to fall in love again because he didn’t want to get hurt in the end or hurt the other person in the relationship. But when he did have the closure and saw that Rachel had moved on with her life, he didn’t hesitated once to go and have a relationship with Tate.  Meanwhile, I loved how Tate handled the situation and how she stood up to him at times. She really wanted to know what had happened to him because she really wanted to help him deal with everything.I loved the relationship between the two of them and how it was build.

“If I were capable of loving someone . . . it would be you.”

This is really a heartbreaking story. Colleen Hoover knows how to make her readers feel every emotion her characters are having. She knows how to make us laugh, cry, …

I would recommend every person to read all the books that Colleen Hoover has published. Personally, I would even read her grocery list lol.