Review: All The Bright Places by 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.


I have spent sometime dealing with the emotional repercussions of this book and I think I am finally ready to put into words exactly how beautiful and touching this story really is. The story starts with a girl named Violet, a boy named Finch, and a bell tower. Both are just struggling to get by, Violet having no reason to live and Finch looking for a reason to live. This is the type of read where you will be broken and pieced slowly and painfully back together. I spent the last 100+ pages a sobbing mess and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

You will get the terrible gut feeling that something bad is going to happen and this story will teach you that not everything ends in a happily-ever-after but a I am happy for what I had. I am struggling even now to write this review and I am tearing up just thinking about the story. It is a heart-breaking tale of love, loss, strength, and how to heal when you feel you have nothing left. It is a 5-star, brilliant, beautiful masterpiece, it is sheer perfection.



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