The Friends Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse to do the Friends Book Tag based off of the very popular 90’s television show. If you don’t know what I am talking about… you must not have been born yet or you live under a rock. Here is a picture to jog your memories!

Friends

Do you remember now? Good. Let’s get to it then!


The One Where Eddie Won’t Go – a character I wish would just go away:

Shadow and Bone

Mal just needs to erase himself from this whole series. Could he get any more boring? Tell me I’m not the only one to think like this!


The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break – favorite break up scene:

Champion

I totally consider _____’s erased memories as a break up. Poor _____ has to pretend to be a stranger to _____ afterward like what they had was never anything special. (To avoid spoilers I used blanks instead of names!)


The One With All The Kissing – a book with lots of kissing: 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

There was a whole lot of everything going on in this book. If you know what I mean -winkwink-


The Last One – favorite series finale:

Ensnared

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect ending then this one. Everyone wins in the end!


The One With a Blackout – a scene I’d like to forget:

New Moon

Can I just forget this book ever happened? Talk about a waste of paper. The whole book was a nonsensical filler to the story.


The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry – a book that did not make you as emotional as others:

All the Bright Places

This book is emotional don’t get me wrong. But not an ugly cry book.


The One Where Joey Doesn’t Share Food:- a book you won’t ever lend:

Any of my signed copies of Falling Kingdoms series! NEVER. DON’T TOUCH.


The One With the Thumb – a recent read that you would give two thumbs up to:

More Happy Than Not

Excellent and heart breaking. 4 thumbs up!


The One With the Ick Factor – a book with a pet peeve:

Carry On

One of my biggest LGBT book pet peeves is when a character is dating the opposite sex then miraculously falls for their friend or neighbor or in this case roommate out of thin air. Sorry.


The One With The Lesbian Wedding – favorite LGBTQ book couple:

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon and Blue, forever those two! ❤


Well there you have it! The Friends Book Tag. Brings back a lot of TV memories as I was going through these questions. Did you guys love the TV show too?

 

Until next time,

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Emoji’s Galore #2 | TAG

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Hey guys!

I was tagged Aria from Aria Stuck in Wonderland, Enthralling Dimple, and Trisha Ann from The Bookgasm Blog to do this tag, so thank you ladies! Since I already this tag a couple months ago, I decided to do it again with a new set of emoji’s that have made it to the top of my most used list!

So the point of this tag is to choose your 5 most used emoji’s and match them up to a book that evicted that particular emotion. As I am an avid emoji user this should be a interesting and fun tag to do! So let’s get into it!


Emoji Big Grin

BIG GRIN EMOJI

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas put a big grin on my face after reading it! I thought it was the best book in the series so far. It progressed well, had a lot of great moments and important scenes. It was out with the old and in with the new. I love every minute of it!


Emoji Heart

HEART EMOJI

Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is my new current favorite. You do not understand the love I have for this book. It exceeds it’s predecessor series the Grisha Trilogy by a long shot. It breathes new life into a world we are already familiar with. It explores new lands, new characters and new ideas! My heart grew big for this book!


Emoji Crying

CRYING EMOJI

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven was a roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end. And that ending had me in tears. I’m not one to really cry from a book, but this one got to me big time. I can’t say anymore to avoid spoilers… so yeah, I’ll leave it at that. Have a box of tissues ready!


Emoji Cant Look

NOT LOOKING MONKEY EMOJI

Rat Queens Vol.2

Rat Queens Vol. 2 had me covering my eyes as I read it. The amount of nudity and sexual scenes surpassed the first volume by a long shot. Although I am no angel when it comes to those things, I’m still not used to reading them or seeing them in the books I read. I can only imagine what the third volume is going to be like!


Emoji Not Impressed

SIDE EYE EMOJI

The Memory Key

The Memory Key by Liana Liu was horrible! It was quite boring and the characters were vapid. The only highlight was the unique concept. Too bad it wasn’t executed nicely. This book had me seriously side eyeing it on my shelf that I had no choice but to sell it to my local used book store. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it more than I did.


Well there you have it! My five most used emojis and the books that match with that emotion. I hope you enjoyed this tag and let me know down in the comments if you felt the same way as me. If not, tell me why!

Until next time,

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No one this time! But if you want to do it, by all means do it. It’s quite fun!

10 Quotes from Books I Loved This Year | Top 10 Tuesday [16]

Top 10 TuesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Quotes from Books I Loved This Year.

I’ve read more books this year alone then I ever have before, so it was a difficult choice to narrow it down to just 10 quotes from 10 books that I loved this year. I think I picked some really good ones and I hope you guys can relate to some of them!


10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”


9. Champion by Marie Lu

Champion

“It hurts every day, the absence of someone who was once there.”


8. Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”


7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steel Heart

“Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come.”

6. Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

HP Philosopher's Stone

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”


5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

“It’s a hard concept to hold on to–the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time.

In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.”


4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

“And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”


3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising

“We grew together, and now are grown. In her eyes, I see my heart. In her breath, I hear my soul. She is my land. She is my kin. My love.”


2. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

“Love’s more than holding hands and going to dances. It’s two people who struggle to live, even when they should maybe both be dead. When one of them would be better off dead.”


1. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”


Well there you have it! The Top 10 Quotes from Books I Loved This Year. I really wished I could have chosen more books and quotes. There are so many great ones to choose from!

Until next time,

Sig New

 

Author Duos That Need to Write a Book Together | Top 10 Tuesday [13]

Top-10-TuesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Author Duos That Need to Write a Book Together.

I found this topic to be a real hard one to do. I kind of prefer the books I read to be written by one person. But since this is a long shot from happening in real life I decided to team up authors who write similar genres that could probably come up with EPIC stories together. Let’s see who I’ve paired up!


10. Rainbow Rowell & Sarah Dessen

Rainbow Rowell Sarah DessenThese are some of the queens of contemporary and I feel like together they would be able to write the perfect romance filled with heartbreak and happiness!

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9. Leigh Bardugo & Victoria Aveyard

Leigh Bardugo Victoria AveyardThis might be an unpopular one, but since I’m full of unpopular opinions, then why not. They both write great books with cool superpowers. So with Bardugo’s written perfection and Aveyard’s over the top cinematic ideas, I think this duo would be able to write an awesome fantasy series!

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8. Suzanne Collins & Marie Lu

Suzanne Collins Marie LuI feel like these ladies are the queens of dystopians. They have widely succesful series’ already under their belts so why not team up and write one together. Only good things could come from both of these authors!

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7. Sarah J. Maas & David Dalglish

Sarah J. Maas David DalglishBoth Maas and Dalglish have series with pretty freaking badass assassin’s set in similar worlds so why not merge the two and have a crossover type book with Celaena and Aaron fighting alongside each other. Or sent to kill each other. That would be EPIC!

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6. Jennifer Niven & Jasmine Warga

Jennifer Niven Jasmine WargaThese ladies both released their debut novels this year and both practically had me tears after reading them. They really know how to pull on your heart strings. Therefore they should team up and have me crying like a big baby reading their book together.

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5. Sara Raasch & Morgan Rhodes

Sara Raasch Morgan RhodesThese two ladies know how to write an epic fantasy adventure! I’m in love with both their series’ that I feel like they should team up and write an EPIC story about kingdoms, magic, and death! I would be first in line for that one!

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4. Pierce Brown & Marissa Meyer

Pierce Brown Marissa MeyerCan we just take a step back and appreciate Pierce Brown’s author photo for a minute. I have the biggest crush on that guy.

Anyway… both Brown and Meyer have what it takes to write the best sci-fi adventures. With Brown’s kickass brutality, and Meyer’s magical fairytales, I think they would be able to write something amazing together.

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3. Cassandra Clare & Stephenie Meyer

Cassandra Clare Stephenie MeyerThe Queens of supernatural YA. I don’t care what you guys say about Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, but they are golden! Which is why I think these two ladies right here would be able to make something special with vampires, werewolves and anything else they would be able to create together!

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2. Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli

Adam Silvera Becky AlbertalliHaving just released their debut novels this year, these two have sky rocketed to my favorite authors lists. They write truly meaningful LGBTQ stories and I would die of happiness if they teamed up together to make another one!

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1. Morgan Rhodes & Sarah J. Maas

Morgan Rhodes Sarah J. MaasAnd here we have the most EPIC author duo that could ever happen (at least for me). Two of my all time favorites right here. Both write high fantasy and have series’ that I am totally in love with.

If they were to team up, then the world would be complete and they could do no wrong together!

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Well there you have it! The Top 10 Author Duos That Need to Write a Book Together. Do we share any of the same duos? Who would you choose? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

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Books with Mental Illness | Top 5 Wednesday [10]

Top-5-WednesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Books with Mental Illness.

This week’s topic is going to be a hard one for me. I haven’t really read too many books with characters that have a mental illness. I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary, therefore my picks all come from books that I have read this year. So let’s just get into it then!


5. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

17285330The main character’s brother commits suicide, so there is one instance of mental illness. And because of his death the main character becomes depressed and goes through her own internal struggles with life.


4. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing GirlsI don’t want to give away too much because I don’t want to spoil the book, but let’s just say you find out at the end that one of the main characters Multiple Personality Disorder.


3. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyNow I’m not 100% sure if this book has a mentally ill character, but a character self harms and another one attempts suicide.


2. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black HolesTwo characters come together for a joint suicide pact. Both struggle with severe depression.


1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright PlacesThe main character suffers from different types of mental illnesses which takes both him and her on a wild journey until the end.


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. So I know there are other great books out there that speak on mental illness and I am hoping I get to learn about them from other Top 5 Wednesdayers. Which books would you have chosen?

Until next time,

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Books About Diversity | Top 10 Tuesday [3]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Books About Diversity. Now diversity to me means, a book that either has characters from different cultural backgrounds, a book with characters that are apart of the LGBTQ community, or a book that explores different types of complex situations like mental health, sexual orientation etc. So without further ado, here is my list:

10. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the AboveWhat if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

9. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than NotIn the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

8. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

Hello I Love YouGrace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

CinderHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

6. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Openly StraightRafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and ParkTwo misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

4. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black HolesSixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright PlacesTheodore 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.

2. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyAndrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.

1. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Well there you have it. The Top 10 Books About Diversity. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me which books you liked that are diverse!

Until next time,

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Review [ARCHIVED]

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Published
by Knopf on January 6th 2015
Genres:
Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Suicide, Fiction
Pages:
388
Format:
Hardcover

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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.”

REVIEW

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a book about a boy and a girl. But not your everyday run of the mill romance. It’s about a boy and girl that really need each other to survive. Not every relationship is perfect and that’s what makes this book so real.

Finch is a character who is suffering from some sort of mental illness. It’s never mentioned in the book, but you know it’s what makes him so unstable. It plasters a label on him, and as hard as he might try to stop it, it starts to define him. He’s grown up in a rough household with an abusive father and a mother that turns a blind eye. It broke my heart and really made me feel extreme compassion and sorrow for him. No matter what he did to try to end his life, it went unnoticed.

That is until he meets Violet. She was struck with grief after the horrible car crash that took her sister’s life and continues to put blame on herself everyday. She looked up to her sister a lot and now she doesn’t really know how to function without her being there. She counts down the days until graduation when she can finally leave her small town life and start a new. But then she meets Finch and their lives start to change.

They’ve found a purpose in life to keep on living. Niven’s writing style is very clear and distinct. We get two totally different contrasting characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with and keep rooting for as the story goes on. She touches on very sensitive subjects like abuse and suicide with such raw realism that really gets you enveloped deep into the characters mind set.

This book was fantastic overall. The only issue I had was the frustration with the direction of the relationship, and the pacing of the story near the middle/end before things got really serious. But other then that I would definitely recommend this book to everyone young and old!

So I hope you enjoyed my review of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I hope to see you next Friday with another review!!

Until next time,

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About the AuthorJennifer NivenAll the Bright Places is Jennifer Niven’s first book for young adult readers, but she has written four novels for adults — American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive — as well as three nonfiction books, The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiance and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.