Archive for 2016

Book Thoughts: All The Bright Places


"'s not what you take, it's what you leave."

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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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Oh my... No, no, no! This isn't happening. And then it happened. And then I cried. Goodness, this book. It caught me off guard.

Wow. Just wow. I didn't expect this book to be like that. I didn't expect it to affect  me the way it did. There was just so many things going on that the emotion is just too much. 

The story felt so deep and intense. The characters felt so alive. Finch and Violet are two characters that got into me. I liked the way how they got to know each other better by wandering. I loved Finch for bringing Violet out. He is such a fun, interesting and witty character. There's a lot of things on his mind that he got this random stuff to say sometimes.  He reminded me of Gus from The Fault in Our Stars but he has his own different charm. Finch is special in his own way. Oh Finch!

It made me want to wander and see places from others point of view. Simple places for one might be beautiful for others.

It also hit important and delicate issues and reminded us to pay attention and to be more mindful about life and others.

It's one of those books that I know will stay with me. It got me thinking. It left a hole in my heart. I was speechless after finishing this. Oh, Jennifer Niven, what have you done?

This is a remarkey-able, beautiful, special, heart-wrenching story.

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Book Thoughts: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between


"Sometimes the hardest things are the ones most worth doing."

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On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything Between was one of those leaving for college books with two young lads torn between breaking up or staying together.

There was Claire all set and determined to break up with Aidan. It made me hate her. I hated Claire for deciding to do just that when there was the option to continue everything, to try the long distance thing. Instead she chose the easier route. The route were they, or should I say she, decide to end their relationship before even trying if things will work out. And I couldn't, for the life of me, understand why. I was also skeptical with her decision to want to visit every place that is special or played a part in their relationship. I was thinking "Wouldn't it just hurt more? To remember every happy memory when you know in yourself that it would never happen again?" "Wouldn't this just hurt harder than it already was?" Oh, Claire!

I felt really sad for Aidan. That feeling of how much he wanted for them to not end what they have. I felt him when it seems there's nothing more he could do about the situation. I felt him and it cut deep especially when I learned that Claire wouldn't say the words back to him. (To stop spoiling anything, I'll leave it at that.)

I was disappointed and hopeful at the same time on what they both agreed upon. I was sure it would go the other way after Claire's reflections but yeah it was what's meant to happen. 

I wanted more, something more to happen. I needed to learn what happened next but I guess how Ms. Smith ended it was good enough. Oh, Aidan! Is it later yet?

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Over all I loved how Claire and Aidan's story was told through the places they visited in over a night. It was enjoyable to learn their past little by little. And yeah, after a couple minutes of absorbing it, I was content with how it ended.

Is it goodbye forever? Or is it goodbye for now? 

If you enjoyed Jennifer Smith's other books, you would want to read this one.

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