All the Bright Places
By Jennifer Niven
Release Date: 1/6/15
Published by Knopf
MY RATING: 4.5 STARS
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 was the ultimate romantic sob-fest. There were moments when I was grinning at the ultimate cute and fuzzy moments in All the Bright Places. Then there were moments when I wanted to cry.
All the Bright Places is set in at a high school with both of our main characters, one being Theo Finch as the troubled type. Theo is the weird guy at school and beneath his ultimate weirdness, Theo has a troubling fascination with death. Our other main character, the star love interest of All the Bright Places, Violet Markey is the known stereotypical popular girl. Popular friends and a popular image. But what people don’t know, is Violet isn’t what she says she is. In fact, she holds a guilt that no one can see. Both of these characters, Violet and Theo are startlingly fresh characters. Theo Finch has a depth to him, though he does deal with depression, and many both can and cannot relate to him – the way his character is written in such a way that anyone can see where how he feels. Violet on the other hand does come from the more cliché side, and though she does have depth, I honestly felt her character could have been even more than what was written. Violet, I felt, had more story to tell.
All the Bright Places is the perfect book for those looking for a sweet romantic contemporary with a darker twist. With suicide and depression as a major theme throughout the plot, clearly, this book is not a ‘happily ever after’ kind of novel. A plot perfectly paced with hints of romance and drama, this book grabs at your attention and keeps you hooked on. Though, I do admit – the beginning can be slower compared to other books, but once you hit page 100 it becomes relatively well paced.
To wrap things up, let’s discuss the writing of our author, Jennifer Niven. Jennifer Niven isn’t a spectacularly perfect author. I personally think that she still has a lot to learn. She isn’t terrible, she isn’t okay. Her writing is average and it isn’t her fault. All the Bright Places has a touch to it. The writing has moments where it is absolutely fantastic, with stunning lines. Though the writing of All the Bright Places isn’t perfect, everything else about it was amazing giving me a love for this book that made me laugh and cry.
All the Bright Places is a novel that gives readers a chance to peek inside the minds of broken characters hidden behind fake personalities. Though this is quickly becoming a trope in more and more young adult novels, All the Bright Places stands as a unique story with two characters, one learning to live, the other yearning to die.
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