Today I am (finally) reviewing another book I read this summer, All the Light We Cannot See. I think this is definitely one of my favorite books. I liked it so much more than I expected, and I'm excited to share my FEELS with you guys!
The writing in this book is so descriptive and beautiful and I can totally see why it won a Pulitzer. I just loved lines like this: "A cookbook lies face down like a shotgunned bird." (page 101) And at one point (page 121) the author described peaches like this: "She's eating wedges of wet sunlight." I mean, he could've just said she's eating peaches, but no, "wet sunlight" I mean it's just so creative and poetic! 😍 I also love the descriptions so much because when it is in Marie-Laure's POV, she's blind, so she "sees" the world using everything but her eyes and Doerr does such a good job of emphasizing all the other senses that she has to use and it's just so interesting to read.
I was so intimidated by this book since it's an adult, over 500 pages, and it's set in WWll. But I had no reason to be intimidated, because I loved it! I was so surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. It wasn't hard to get through, and I didn't feel like I was forcing myself to read it or anything. You know those kinds of books? The kind they tend to assign in school or that are just so dense and are just such a draaaag. This wasn't like that at all! For one, every chapter is broken up into like mini chapters, basically just one scene at a time and the longest one was probably 3 or 4 pages long, most of them were only like 1 or 2 pages. And I loved how it kept jumping back and forth in time from the night of the bombing of Saint Malo to back when Marie-Laure and Werner were just kids and everything started somehow without being confusing. It's just written so well and I loved seeing how everything tied together as the book progressed and I loved the subplot involving this precious gemstone that added a little suspense and mystery and just ahhh I loved this book, I really hope I will be this good of a writer someday!
Again, the description in this book was just amazing, especially in Marie-Laure's chapters. Because she's blind, she has to rely on all her other senses to get an idea of her surroundings, and the setting of Saint Malo with the smell of the ocean breeze coming in through her window and the sounds of seagulls and everything still made it so vivid for the reader and it was all so easy to imagine.
And also, I'm not sure this has to do with the setting, but I really wanted to mention it somewhere: The song Claire De Lune plays a big role in this book, and I don't really want to accidentally spoil anything so I won't tell you why, but I just love that music had a part in making this book come to life and now every time I hear Claire De Lune I will always think of this book and ugh all the feels! I'm listening to it right now as I write this post and I'm just like:
I LOVE Marie-Laure! Her chapters are definitely my favorite! She's just so cool and smart and sweet and brave and she's a bookworm and UGH! 😭 I love her outlook on life and I love that she really wanted to help do something and help resist the Germans somehow rather than just sit around and do nothing. I loved her relationship between her and her dad and her uncle and Madame Menec. 😍
I like reading Werner's chapters too, but mostly in the beginning. They starting getting a little dark once he was in the Nazi academy, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't handle it. The time jumps and the short chapters and POV switches helped break it up a lot so it wasn't so hard to read.
The only negatives were sometimes it was a little hard to keep track of who some of the secondary characters were, there were a few s words and a few f bombs, but really only just a handful and they were pretty spaced out I think. And for a 500 page adult book, that's pretty good, so I appreciated the limited profanity. And also, I should warn you, there is a rape scene near the end, but it's only half a page long (really only a couple paragraphs) and there is basically like no detail and easy to skip over. Reading it was still kinda like: woah 😳 but it could have been a LOT worse I think, so that was nice that it wasn't.
Overall I definitely loved this book. It's definitely a new addition to my favorites shelf! I REALLY REALLY want it to be made into a really good movie some day with awesome casting and just ugh it would be AMAZING! I would recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction, (especially ones about WWll) beautiful writing, awesome time jump plots with a little mystery, really heartfelt feelsy books, and especially people in their late teens who want to start getting more into the adult genre but are too afraid it'll be too much for them and they won't like it. Start with this one! GIVE IT A CHANCE! It's SO WORTH the read! If you're like me, you surprisingly won't be overwhelmed or disappointed! 😄😄😄
Have you read this book? Do you like historical fiction? What is your favorite WWll book that you've read? Will you fangirl with me and wish and beg for this book to be a movie? I need some support UGH MY FEEEEELS!!!!!😂😂😂😂
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