We don’t know anyone who managed to read All The Bright Places without a box of tissues at hand. This heart-wrenching story is a classic example of how “tear-jerkers” have become a timeless genre.
A fate meeting on the ledge of their school bell tower, Violet and Theodore are the very heart and soul of this tragic, yet beautiful read created by Jennifer Niven.
This heartfelt novel has had readers turning page after page, time and time again. But what now?
Here are some carefully selected suggestions to fill that enormous emotional crater in your life that’s been missing since the first time you read All The Bright Places.
1. Eleanor & Park
Fans of All The Bright Places will love this because: It’s a dual narrative story told from the perspective of two 16-year-old misfits!
Eleanor & Park from author Rainbow Rowell shows us that there really is a someone for everyone. Eleanor comes from a background of abuse and oppression. Park is a half-Korean teen singled out thanks to his race and his passions in life. These endearing misfits grow to become the most innocent of all star-crossed lovers. This heart-warming story really will have fans of All the Bright Places turning page after page all over again.
2. The Fault In Our Stars
Fans of All The Bright Places will love this because: It, too, focuses on main themes of depression and young, unlikely romance.
The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green, follows Hazel as she is diagnosed with lung cancer at just 16 and joins a support group – which seems like an awful idea until she meets Augustus. Throughout the novel we travel an emotional rollercoaster of depression, desperation, reluctance and love, much like All The Bright Places.
3. Holding Up The Universe
Fans of All The Bright Places will love this because: It comes from the author of All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven, and centres around teenage struggles to just “fit in”.
New York Times bestseller Holding Up The Universe is a powerful and moving story that shows, despite everything, happiness does exist. Grab a box of tissues because Niven definitely has a skill for producing tear-jerker fiction.
4. Things We Know By Heart
Fans of All The Bright Places will love this because: The story portrays the belief that from the very depths of sorrow, comes the purest happiness.
Things We Know By Heart is the very epitome of the tear-jerker genre. In this novel, its creator, Jessi Kirby, explores the possibility of finding human connection through tragic loss. We follow Quinn Sullivan as she falls, somewhat inexplicably, for the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart. Every beat echoes what has been lost. This heart-wrenching tale is set to fill that enormous emotional crater All The Bright Places left behind. Time to reach for the tissues again!
5.Say What You Will
Fans of All The Bright Places will love this because: The story is both heartfelt and heartbreaking.
Say What You Will is an insightful novel debut for Cammie McGovern that reminds readers that we have all felt lost at some point in our lives. Battling the effects of cerebral palsy, Amy needs assistance in all aspects of normal life – from walking through to talking. Matt suffers from OCD, and is tormented by ritual and routine. An unlikely meeting makes for unlikely friends. As in All The Bright Places, this novel reminds us that we must be loved because of our faults, not in spite of them.
6. Thirteen Reasons Why
Fans of All the Bright Places will love this because: It focuses around teen suicide, depression and life change through understanding.
Thirteen Reasons Why, written by Jay Asher, unveils an emotional awakening. Clay had a crush on Hannah, so imagine how surprised and unnerved he is to find a cassette with a recording of her voice on his doorstep, a fortnight after she killed herself. What ensues is a desperate drive to uncover and understand the Thirteen Reasons Why. He discovers that every act of bullying – and equally, every act of kindness – makes a difference.