Triple review time:
The Remedy, All The Bright Places and Beautiful Broken Things. If you have already read these three books, you will know that they all have one thing in common. Mental Illness. I Really love about these books is that even though they all follow the same theme throughout, its really interesting because they are all completely different, because they are written in different points of view. For example, The Remedy is written as the main character being a ‘therapist’ for grieving and mental illnesses, plus the other books in the series, the main character has a mental illness. All The Bright Places follows two teenagers who have mental illnesses, and Beautiful Broken Things follows the friend of someone who is suffering.
I really loved this book, especially to see how mental illnesses could be treated. Although, a month after I finished reading it, I still don’t know how I feel about the idea of the story line.
In a world before The Program…
Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.
Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.
Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start. (Goodreads summary)
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
All The Bright Places was… I can’t even express how good this book was. It was so interesting to see from different point of views, the stages of grieving, sadness and depression. Despite the theme of the book, there were some funny bits, and I just found that this book was so well written, that even if you didn’t like young adult contemporary novels, it would be hard not to fall in love with the characters.
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. (Goodreads summary)
“In every life, there’ll be a little rain.”
When I started reading Beautiful Broken Things, I didn’t really know what I was expecting. All I wanted, was to read was a YA contemporary novel. By the end of the book, I was actually at a stand still. I was so emotional, yet I couldn’t figure out if I was happy, sad or shocked. All I know is that it was overwhelming. You know it’s an incredibly book when you feel so much emotion that you forget that it’s not real life.
I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own. (Goodreads summary)
I rated all of these books 5 out of 5 stars.