Author: Jennifer Niven
Published by: Penguin Random House UK
Publication date: 8th January 2015
Genres: YA Contemporary/Romance/Mental Illness
You know how most YA books these days seem to be "the next The Fault in Our Stars" or "the next Eleanor and Park"? I have finally found one that actually lives up to those comparisons.
I know. This is huge.
All the Bright Places is beautifully raw and honest, and maturely deals with topics such as depression, bipolar disorder, bulimia and suicide, among other things such as physical abuse, grief and first love. You all know by now that I'm a big fan of YA books that include mental illnesses because so many young people are dealing with that kind of thing every single day. For a long time, a lot of authors didn't dare to approach the topic, and a lot still don't. Because of that, All the Bright Places is incredibly important.
Not only that but, in the book, Violet Markey has the idea to create an online magazine called Germ, which aims to inspire young girls and help them to grow in all aspects of life. And guess what? It's real! I love it when websites mentioned in books are actually real and accessible to readers, and I think, with this and what I mentioned in the paragraph beforehand, Niven has written a book that has the power to help so many people.
If you're after a book with the same vibe as The Fault in Our Stars, whilst still being completely phenomenal in its own right, this is the book you need. As I said, it's an incredibly important book and I urge you to please, please read it. Touching, poignant, honest and thought-provoking, All the Bright Places is a wonderful novel I think everyone should read as it's going to be the book of 2015.
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview the wonderful Jennifer Niven about All the Bright Places and you'll be able to read it over on the Penguin blog soon!