Book Reviews

All the Bright Places- Jennifer Niven




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.

My Review:

Fans of John Green’s Paper Towns, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Ned Vizinni’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story will enjoy Jennifer Niven’s achingly beautiful novel, All the Bright Places. I fell in love with Niven’s writing, main characters Finch and Violet, and the idea of wandering throughout the state of Indiana. I did however cry uncontrollably throughout this novel, much like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. But even with the tears, I absolutely loved this novel. Highly recommend!

“You know what I like about you, Finch? You’re interesting. You’re different. And I can talk to you. Don’t let that go to your head.” -Violet
… “You know what I like about you, Ultraviolet Remarkey-able? Everything.”- Finch

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