And I was desperately searching for Young Adult novels like John Green’s ones. So, when I discovered on Instagram that everyone was reading « All the bright places » by Jennifer Niven, I bought it right away.
And then, when I received it (because I bought it on the internet) I discovered the cover of the book. And I couldn’t be much happier. On the bottom of the cover, there was written :
« The next The Fault In Our Stars »
I finally found exactly what I was searching for. I read it in one week (unfortunately I didn’t have my french/english dictionary with me, so there were some words that I didn’t understand – that’s why I will read it a second time when I’ll have time).
It was well written, the characters were really endearing, and the story was touching and captivating. It was really pleasant to read. But here’s the problem :
It was too similar to « The Fault In Our Stars« . Okay, I know you’re gonna think I don’t know what I want. But, I mean, it was so close to John Green’s book that the story became so predictable.
Be careful, spoil alert !!!
- So, if you’ve read the book, you must know that the two characters, Violet and Finch, are in love : like in The Fault In Our Stars.
- Then, the two characters have a kind of mental illness, so we can say that the main subject of the story is the illness : like in The Fault In Our Stars.
- And finally, Finch, the boy, dies at the end of the book : like in The Fault In Our Stars.
And so on.
I mean, when I was reading it and noticing all the similarities, I was telling myself « no, he cannot die. It will spoil everything. HE CANNOT DIE !!! ». And, of course, he died. I think the fact that he died made the story so common, and so similar to John Green’s one. It spoiled everything.
This was disappointing. Even though I liked it, I was upset by the end that I found banal. Sorry J. Niven.