In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.Mitch Albom, The five people you meet in heaven
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.Theodore Parker, Unitarian Minister 1853
I heard this quote while listening to an audiobook version of “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World”. If you haven’t read the book, I strongly recommend it. This quote resonated deeply with me, as all the darkness and violence erupting around the world, threatens to swallow up hope.
Your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean!
Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?David Mitchell , Cloud Atlas
This book is one of the greatest I have ever read, I’ll always be thankful to the friend that brought it into my life.
So I’m going to try and post a short synopsis/reason why you should read a particular book every two weeks. So that’s the definition of biweekly that we are going to go with since there’s two and that’s a little confusing for no reason. Love the English language it’s great. That being said, here we go!
All the Bright Places
We do not remember days, we remember momentsJennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
I don’t want to give anything away, but I think this quote does a lot to sum up not the plot of this book but the way it makes the reader feel (at least in my case). The moments spent between these characters build such an emotional connection between the reader and the work. as you read, you travel through these experiences with them in a way not often felt in other books. The weight of the moments within this books are felt, often deeply. I still remember where I was, and how I felt the first time I finished Chapter 53.
The writing style is beautiful, and at times thought provoking. The mind of someone as broken but strong as Finch resonates and when you are able to see the world through his eyes it becomes a magical place. However, this isn’t a story made of rainbows and cupcakes. I have to warn some that the major themes include suicide and depression.
sometimes there’s beauty in the tough words—it’s all in how you read them.Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
This is the juxtaposition created by the book. The beauty of love and all its promise, and the cold uneasiness that grows throughout. When I first began reading, I was worried that it would romanticize depression, but it doesn’t. It shows all the terrible anxiety, the way it seems to swallow you up until nothing remains. As someone who has had many friends, as well as personally dealt with depression I found this to be a mostly accurate portrayal.
All the Bright Places is being adapted to a film! The movie is coming out later in 2019 and stars Elle Fanning, and Justice Smith. Elle Fanning has starred in other movies such as Super 8 and Maleficent. Justice Smith recently starred in Detective Pikachu. Since we all know how adaptations go, I’m a bit cautious with my excitement, but Jennifer Niven is working on the film I have some hope.
Overall, All the Bright Places is an amazing read that will have you sitting up at 3:00 AM eyes stinging as you push on till the end. If anyone does read it comment your thoughts or shoot me an email.