Every summer we like to do something fun for Fridays. This year we've got lots of picks for book and movie pairings to keep your brain busy. Today our teen author, Mira gives us a peek at a pairing of teens trying to look on find their bright sides.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey interact for the first time, it’s less of a meet-cute and more of a meet-terrifying. Both standing on the ledge of their school’s six-story belltower, gathering the strength to either get down or jump, they realize each others presence. It’s not totally clear who saves whom, but they both make it back into the building, physically unharmed. Forced to spend time with each other through a class project exploring Indiana’s natural wonders, they discover beautiful, new, amazing things about their state. As Finch fights his own intense depression, he helps Violet accept the loss of her sister, Eleanor. But as Violet opens up, Finch starts to shut down. Will they be able to save each other a second time?
This book has some heavy themes: Finch deals with dangerous depression that takes over his life, keeps him shut in his room for weeks at a time, makes him think of all the different ways he could kill himself. Violet struggles with PTSD after surviving the car crash that killed her sister
This book is currently being madeinto a movie that will come out in 2017 starring Elle Fanning , but until then, I think the one listed below is a pretty good alternative.
After almost jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, Craig Gilner checks himself into a mental hospital. The pressures of teenage life have forced him into depression, and he wants a way out of it. Stuck in the adult psychiatric ward because of renovations in the youth clinic, he meets two people who turn his world around, and help him to learn more about his depression and himself.
Both book and movie deal with the topic of teenage depression, something that has always been covered up in the past, but recently is becoming an increasingly visible subject matter. Being a teenager is incredibly stressful, and it’s very important to be able to have conversations about what this stress can cause. The destigmatization of mental health issues has become more important as pressures on young people grow. This book and movie pairing definitely are not your typical light summer beach read, but they’re guaranteed to make you think more deeply about the importance of life.