A NOTE TO START WITH: I’ve tried to make this post as spoiler free as possible so you can read these books yourself and enjoy them if you so wish.
I couldn’t recommend a novel by Jennifer Niven enough; she has a way of writing that makes you feel every emotion that the character feels. You’re drawn into their lives and trust me you will never want the story to end, you’ll want to know everything else about the characters lives, ‘what did they do next?‘, ‘Do they remain friends with the same people?’, ‘Does the happy ending last?’ and so on.
Her books are so heart-warming and definitely will make you shed a tear at points (which is exactly what we’re after).
All The Bright Places
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: This book follows the lives of two teenagers in High School, Finch, and Violet Markey. We’re made aware that a year previous Violet’s sister was involved in a tragic car accident which leads to her losing her life, this left Violet crushed and unable to cope with everyday life. Ever since that day she hasn’t driven a car or even been a passenger in one. Theodore Finch, known as a rebel a freak an outcast in the school floats by taking day by day, we’re given the impression that he may be depressed.
Their lives start to change when they work together on a school project to explore their hometown and document it. An unpredicted friendship forms through their adventures.
The big question is can Finch save Violet from herself and make her enjoy life again? Will Violet ever get into a car again, let alone drive one?
This is Jennifers equivalent to John Greens ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, by that I mean this book is an A**** and a definite must-read.
I was brought to tears for the last 50 pages of the book; I couldn’t put it down as I just wanted to know more and more about what had happened. When I finally finished All The Bright Places I felt like I wasn’t ready to part with the characters, I was like why haven’t you made a part two, I want to know more about what happened next.
I’ve heard rumors that a film of this book is being produced; I’m not sure if this is definitely true but I so hope it is. I’d be straight to see it in the cinema!
Holding Up The Universe
Libby Strout a teenager who was once pronounced ‘America’s Largest Teen’ is starting back at a public school after being homeschooled for years. Are her fellow peers going to be able to look past her weight to see who she really is and love her for her?
Jack Masselin has a big secret that not even his brothers are aware of; he is unable to re-cognize any faces. Once he’s looked away from someone he forgets who they are and has to re-analyse their face to work out if he knows them. Due to this Jack tries to play it cool through high school, being a jokey character which hopefully will make him likable.
What a beautifully written novel; I was captured into the story within the first 5 pages and engrossed into the book until the very last word.
My heart goes out to poor Libby Strout and all the troubles she faced due to her weight, I love the way she was portrayed to be such a strong character despite everything she had been through. She’s a rather inspiring character.
OH BOY, DOES THIS BOOK TUG ON YOUR HEARTSTRINGS
I would love to know what you thought of these books if you have read them