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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven // Thoughts & Review *NO SPOILERS*


Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


All the Bright Places is Jennifer Niven’s first YA novel. This is the first time I’ve read any of her work, and after finishing this book yesterday, I have to say: I loved it.

I’m going to try my best to talk about this book without spoiling it, because I don’t want to ruin this lovely book for any of you! So let’s get into this basics.

This book features mental illness, pain, abuse, loss, love, suicide, depression, anxiety.

All The Bright Places was an emotional roller-coaster. I felt so many different emotions while reading, and felt bad for the characters and what they’ve been through. This story alternates between Finch and Violet’s perspective.

First things first: Finch and Violet meet on the ledge at the Bell Tower in their high school. WHAT. If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.

Immediately, I grew attached to Finch. He’s my favorite character. Finch intrigued me from the very beginning. He’s cheerful, yet has depth and a dark sense of humor. Not to mention, he’s absolutely hilarious, and quite interesting. His family, on the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of. Once you read the book, you’ll understand.

Violet Markey is interesting as well. She’s not my favorite character, but she’s been through a lot and throughout the story she has to overcome a lot of obstacles. My heart broke for her.

This book made me cry, which has only happened two or three times in my life. I thought the story was beautiful, yet heartbreaking. It’s my favorite read of the year so far, and it’s probably getting added to my Favorites list in general.

This book isn’t for someone who likes happy plots and happy endings. This is a deep story, featuring serious topics that are very important.

Overall, I gave this 5/5 stars.

If you’ve read this novel, what did you think? Who was your favorite character? I’d love to know!


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