All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- I read this for a book published this year. While I thought the writing itself was great and the book left me thinking, I was also disappointed in it. It was touted for lovers of Eleanor & Park and TFIOS (which I loved) and I really think there should be no comparison. It has a difficult subject matter, and one I feel should be addressed, but it also is very depressing and I worry about teens who do suffer from mental illness reading it.
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My favorite John Green novel, An Abundance of Katherines, has just the right balance of laugh-out-loud and subtly intellectual humour, as well as the kind of quirkiness that draws one into it's story. As the novel progresses, one learns to love the strange characters as well as root for them in their quest for finding themselves.