First love hits hard. And so does mental illness. And so does dealing with racism during your senior year of school.
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Why I love it
Author, All the Bright Places
I love love stories. And books that mean something. And books that deal honestly and responsibly with mental illness. And books about going after dreams. I love characters that sparkle off the page, with voices so fresh and real it feels as if you know them. This book is all these things.
Devon has always been fascinated by the stars. One summer she meets the troubled Ashton, they fall in love, and then, like that—he vanishes. Now it’s Devon’s senior year and she is focused on pursuing her dream of becoming an astrophysicist. But guess who shows up? Ashton. She has to decide whether or not she can trust him again, and as they get to know each other for the second time, they are faced with challenges—Devon is biracial, Ashton is white, which makes them the target of micro-aggressive racism from those around them. To make matters worse, Ashton is struggling with depression.
This book doesn’t shy away from diving deep—into racism, mental illness, loss—and Ronni Davis writes with sensitivity, humor, understanding, and honesty. But there is also joy on these pages. And so much swoon-worthy love. It’s a gorgeous, powerful, heart-tug of a read.
Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things:
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.
When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.
Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?
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Mount joy, PA
I was truly surprised by this book! I love how they made it a light read yet still “tackled” - rags vs riches and bi-racial relationships. I also loved the ending. The way she ended it was refreshing!
Kingsland , GA
I absolutely fell in love with this book. The story of Devon and Ashton was so beautifully written. I felt every emotion, the highs and the dark lows. By far, one the best books I have ever read ❤️
This book was so amazing! As someone who has experience with mental health issues, it was great to see a book that accurately described how hard it can be to feel loved while dealing with depression.
Bridgeton , NJ
I truly enjoyed this book down to the last second! I enjoyed watching Devon deal with the struggles she faced and the hurtles she overcame. I also 100% want a friend like Blair who takes no shit!
Baton Rouge, LA
Okay so I was not really expecting much from this book. It was my first book of the month and it looked fine. But once I started reading it- Wow. It hooked me from the beginning. It was amazing!!
Lake Forest Park, WA
Wow! This is good YA romance. And I felt like the author conveyed mental illness in such a realistic way and what it’s like to love someone who suffers from depression. I hope she writes more!
Mountlake terrace , WA
This book was beyond amazing. Their love was so intense and described so that I had goose bumps. As a person who suffers with mental illness I could relate to Ashton on another level.
I binged in a day. I was sucked into every single word. I didnt want this one to end..filled my heart and soul with so much joy and sadness.. and ended perfectly. ????????????
I read this book in two sittings and loved everything about it! I loved all the characters and cried with every turn of the page!
Beautiful and accurate depiction of mental illness and how it affects both those that suffer from it and those who love them.
This book is exactly what I needed after feeling like I couldn't get into any book. Its emotional yet mysterious
This is definitely my new favourite book. Easy read and great story. I can relate to some parts of this book.
The characters were really relatable. The prose throughout the book was great. I couldn't put the book down!
Rock Hall, MD
I loved this book! From the beginning I was hooked and read it in less than 7 hours total.
I loved the story and while I wanted a different ending, I liked that Dev found herself.
Lake Forest Park, WA
What a thoughtful and beautiful book. Sensitive topics were handled with grace.
It was amazing, all of the emotions felt so real
Commerce City, CO
Great depiction of mental health struggles.
Such a great read. I loved every second.
This one broke me. Ugh so good!