Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


Title: All The Bright Places

By: Jennifer Niven

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 378

Release Date: January 6th, 2015

Publisher: Knopf

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
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.
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.


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Another fantastic, but heartbreaking read by Jennifer Niven.

This book was hard to get through with the content that it holds, but worth all the feels as it brings light to undiagnosed mental illnesses and the pain that they cause.

Theodor and Violet both share a place in my heart. They've both gone through their own trauma that has turned them against the world and placed them in a darkness that is eating away at their souls. Even though they feel like outsiders in this world, they find each other and for one brief moment, they finally feel some peace within each others arms. A peace that is short lived. Theodor's demons return, consuming him.

My favorite scene was the swimming hole, the first time. It was one of the only moments our two main characters felt joy, but also pain. They found out who each other truly were, and young love prevailed.

Favorite Quote:

I tell myself: Today. I tell myself: This is what you dreamed of when you were too scared to leave the house. This is what you dreamed of when you were lying in your bed for six months. This is what you wanted—to be out in the world like everyone else.

I gave this book 4 stars. The writing was solid and the feelings were heartbreaking and real.

This was a great read and a must to keep you centered.

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