Books That Changed My Life #GuestPost
This is the story of Lennie Walker, a student, and gifted clarinetist; a lonely young girl who scribbles poetry wherever and whenever she feels like it- be it the sole of her shoes, her jeans, a candy wrapper- she just jots down poetry at every single chance she has. This is her way to cope with the loss of her elder sister and best friend Bailey.
A heart attack puts Bailey's life to an early end. So all of a sudden, Lennie finds herself as the only child in the family for the first time in her life. Her mourning process develops through her poetry. She effectively shuts herself in, keeping the rest of the world away from her, even her dear Grams and Uncle Big.
And now it’s Jude who attends an important art high school. Because of school, she now needs to take carving classes with Guillermo Garcia, a wild Columbian man who’s said to be the best of his generation. But something happened to him, something really, really bad, and now doesn’t take students anymore. She also meets a weird guy from England, Oscar, who’s a constant threat to Jude’s boycott. And as soon as Jude tries to convince Guillermo to mentor her, she discovers that Oscar lives with him.
Theodore Finch doesn’t really want to die. He just thinks of different ways to die and rates them. That’s his way to keep himself “awake”, to avoid the “asleep”. He suffers from bipolar disorder, this “awake” being his manic stage, and “asleep” being the depressive stages. Due to his family being completely dysfunctional, nobody seems to notice this, and as he thinks of mental illnesses as a label he needs to avoid, he also doesn’t ask for professional help. Instead, deals with the symptoms himself.
Soon enough, Finch and Violet end up paired together for a school project that involves discovering the wonders of the state they live in- Indiana, which has them driving through, discovering All The Bright Places, and this leads to their relationship to evolve, with Violet slowly growing back to life, while Finch slowly begins to fade into the “asleep”.