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Book Review – All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places book coverAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet at the top of the school bell tower, they sort of save each other. Violet is stuck in grief and guilt, stumbling through life without living while Finch is pretending to be so many different versions of himself that he has lost the real one. I saw a review of this book that was titled “Devastatingly beautiful,” and I have to agree. It was heart-wrenching, hopeful, and dark but bright at the same time. Jennifer Niven has written a book that is frustratingly complex and yet completely real in its range of emotions. I definitely recommend reading it but be aware that it was an overwhelming and kind of devastating experience that, at least for me, will stick around for awhile.

Book Review – Black Box

Black Box book coverBlack Box by Cassia Leo

Do you believe in fate? For Mikki and Crush, fate keeps intervening and intertwining their lives. Even before they meet in person, their paths cross twice and each time both Mikki and Crush are altered people. Cassia Leo’s story blends darkness, raw emotion and heart-breaking tragedy with the bright light of hope and love. The plot, told in both the present and flashbacks, was slightly implausible but instead of bothering me, it gave the whole story an ethereal quality. A trigger warning: this book deals with some heavy subjects like mental illness, suicide, and sexual assault.