{Review} All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Posted March 19, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

{Review} All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven
Published on January 8th 2015
by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Holding Up the Universe

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.

5 Stars

Again, I am speechless. Contemporary books this year have been so amazing so far, seriously. All the Bright Places is no exception. It’s a beautiful, heartwrenching, touching and moving story. I don’t know how this review will turn out, let’s just hope for the best.

Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school. It’s unclear who saves who. Theodore is fascinated by death and he constantly thinks of ways to kill himself, but each time, something good stops him. Violet is counting the days until graduation, when she can escape this town and the pain of losing her sister not too long ago. When they pair up for a project at school to discover the wonders of their state, they both discover way more. About each other and themselves.

This is such a hard novel to describe and doing the story justice. It’s nearly impossible. Not with me sitting here, crying and sobbing and bawling like a baby. I’m a mess right now and I honestly don’t know why I keep doing this to myself. Reading these books that destroy me and break my heart and all that. I’ll tell you why, because they’re all so well-written and amazing and the characters are so wonderful. The writing in this book was magnificent, I loved the double POV and the quotes and all of it.

What I loved most, of course, are the characters. I loved Brenda and Charlie, Finch’s friends. I loved his sisters. I didn’t like his dad and Violet’s parents all that much though. I loved Violet and I cared for her and I could understand how she felt because I’ve been there. But my favorite is by far Finch. Finch, my magnificent, sweet, wonderfully weird Finch. I adored him. View Spoiler »

All the Bright Places is an amazing novel with a very deceiving title. It’s not cheerful or bright. It’s heartbreaking and sad and so very, very good. Recommended to fans of contemporary. Though if you don’t like books dealing with though issues like suicide and mental illness, you might want to avoid this one.



About Jennifer Niven

By the time I was ten, I had already written numerous songs, a poem for Parker Stevenson (“If there were a Miss America for men, You would surely win”), two autobiographies (All About Me and My Life in Indiana: I Will Never Be Happy Again), a Christmas story, several picture books (which I illustrated myself) featuring the Doodle Bugs from Outer Space, a play about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister entitled Blindness Strikes Mary, a series of prison mysteries, a collection of short stories featuring me as the main character (an internationally famous rock star detective), and a partially finished novel about Vietnam. I was also an excellent speller from a very early age.

In 2000, I started writing full-time, and I haven’t stopped… I’ve written nine books, and when I’m not working on the tenth, I’m contributing to my web magazine, Germ, thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. I am always writing.

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