All the Bright Places. Words come flooding my brain as I try to think of how best to describe this book.
I’ve only ever felt so emotionally touched by words on a page a handful of times.
First time was Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, second was the trilogy of His Dark Materials and then here in bed after finishing All the Bright Places.
It’s the roller coaster that starts off with curiousity, intrigue, happiness, and ends with a jolt of sadness that you could have seen coming but you still don’t want to accept towards the end of the book.
For those of you who are considering reading this book, don’t hesitate and jump straight in.
I will not post any spoilers or discuss the plot of the book, but mainly speak about the essence of what Jennifer Niven conveys with her words.
The book follows the life of two teenagers, a boy and a girl, which sounds sweet but the main story focuses on how one of them is battling a mental illness.
It’s so hard to move past the stigma people have placed around those two words. Mental illness.
People are led to believe that admitting something’s wrong with their thoughts or admitting they’re sad for no reason all the time is wrong and that mental illness is for crazy people.
This is something society on a universal scale needs to tackle.
I’m scared about the way society moves sometimes, how people like the main character, Theodore Finch, try to run away from the labels society places on them, when they don’t need to.
No one should be labelled. And no one should be persecuted about something that is completely out of their control.
It’s books like All the Bright Places that will begin to teach society about opening up to mental illness and knowing how to deal with a loved one who’s sick. When I say sick, I don’t mean it in a negative way, but having a mental illness is just like having the flu or a virus you can’t shake off.
You still love and take care of the person, not shun them away and pretend it’s puberty.
I hope that 2016 sees people embracing their mental illnesses, taking the correct treatment and not being ashamed about any of it, because it’s not their fault.