I was going to review this book in a group review of a few books I've been reading. But something about this book stood out to me, that it needed it's own review.
All the Bight Places will make you smile, laugh and cry. It will break your heart but make you want to live your life appreciating all the small things. The story follows Finch and Violet two teenagers both dealing with their own obstacles. Finch is living with bi-polar and Violet is coming to terms with the death of her older sister. You learn so much following their lives whilst they learn to so much from each other.
The reason I adored this book so much is because Jennifer just 'gets' the mental health thing. She doesn't sugar coat mental health illnesses and talks about MH and suicide very honestly. Jennifer talks about things a lot of people want to avoid, but in an elegant and thought-provoking way. I made it all the way to the end without getting too upset, then I read the authors note and I welled up, just make sure you read it after finishing the book. There were so many highs for me in this book, but the thing that hit me the most was this quote:
"I want to get away from the stigma they all clearly feel just because they have an illness of the mind as opposed to, say, an illness of the lungs or blood. I want to get away from labels...."I'm OCD", "I'm depressed", they say, like these are the things that define them....I don't even know what BPD stands for. I'm the only one that is just Theodore Finch."
The book reminds you, that you aren't defined by how you feel or the label that has been attached to you. You're defined by being you and giving all you can to this world. The thing I learnt most from this book was "...it's not what you take, it's what you leave."