Friday, November 25, 2016
The Hour of the Bees vs. All the Bright Places
The Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar flies into the lead!
There were things we liked about Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, including an audacious, smooth-talking (if unbelievable) rebel in Finch and the opportunity to broach discussions about some weighty discussions around loss, mental illness, bullying, and suicide. That being said, the novel still left us wanting for something more and an unfortunate “John Green aftertaste.” (Thanks for the quote, Shelley. K!) Students will enjoy the teen angst of young love between the beautiful, popular Violet and the complicated loner, Finch (who, of course, happens to be a hot musician), the novel doesn’t hold a candle to The Hour of the Bees.