All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

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"Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another" Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385755887
0385755880
9780385755894
0385755899
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 22 cm

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pink_dogfish_57
Nov 25, 2020

From the beginning, I could already tell who was going to die. I know Finch is supposed to be a likeable character, but within a few pages I already didn’t like him, I mean he talks about how pretty Violet is as she’s going to jump, that’s kinda weird. Idk, I didn’t read the full thing, not for me.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

This book proves that not everybody has a happy ending.

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ashleyha0321
Sep 30, 2020

Jennifer Niven wrote a beautiful and torturous read with All the Bright Places. It’s not your typical teen romance with all happiness and fluff. The book is about Violet Markey and how she wrestles with grasping her sister’s death. We get to see the change in her view of the world after meeting Theodore Finch on top of a school bell tower and pairing up for a project, which leads to spontaneous adventures. I must warn that the book does delve into deeper themes of suicide and depression, so read what you’re comfortable with. What I really enjoyed was the main relationship between Violet and Finch, how they’re complete opposites, but find ways to make each other better. I also loved how the book talks about mental health in a way that other books are scared to explain.

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BlueberryElf
Jul 27, 2020

Definitely one of my absolute favourite books! I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after I read it. Wonderfully written and so so beautiful. 100% recommend this book to anyone! (Especially if you like books that will make you cry, as well as think.) I love this book.

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jazminefinuliar04
Jun 23, 2020

This novel written by Jennifer Niven revolves around two 12th graders from Indiana named Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, who both deal with the same problems of suicide. They meet when Violet attempts to jump off the town’s bell tower as a way to deal with the guilt of surviving a car crash instead of her sister, and Finch convinces her to get down. As they deal with the problems that they face, they get closer through their travels of their small town, and eventually fall in love. One thing I liked about All the Bright Places is the serious issues they touch upon, such as bipolar disorder and depression. This is due to the fact that mental illness within adolescents is stigmatized, as is avoided being talked about as much as possible. Overall, I highly recommend reading this book if you like to read about more serious topics in young adult novels, and I recommend watching the Netflix film based on the book if you would like to see how the characters’ emotions are portrayed in person.

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PiepieB
Apr 23, 2020

A bittersweet and ethereal story. Finch and Violet will stay with you for a long, long time. I recommend the Netflix movie by the same name as well.

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elisabeth_23
Apr 14, 2020

I loved this book! It was heartbreaking and raw, but had moments of brightness. Also, it is based in my home state of Indiana which is a plus for me.

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creativegirly123
Apr 03, 2020

Other books I've read had left me feeling unfulfilled, or like the whole book was a puzzle and their endings left their puzzle uncompleted. All the Bright Places is not only the most fulfilling, poetic, and well put together romance I've ever had the pleasure of reading, but also the most relatable mix of feelings I've ever experienced. The book shows how the main characters cope with their dark emotions and thoughts, and often times reminded me of when I'd felt the same way. Though I cried my eyes out while reading this book, I also laughed, smiled, and felt as though I was living through it all. All the Bright Places is a MUST READ for any reader-not just for people like me who can't get enough of sappy romance:).

JCLBrittanyC Jan 10, 2020

This one will definitely pull at the heart strings HARD. Violet and Finch are
classmates who meet at the ledge of their school’s bell tower, as you read it
becomes unclear who is there to save the other that day. As the story continues you
dive into this new connection that is made between these two teens who feel a little
lost in the world. I will say this book does cover the topic of teen suicide a lot, so if
someone is sensitive to that topic, this might not be the best for them. Otherwise, I
found this to be a very important read, as it allows us to delve into a new and
different human experience.

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teniola5
Nov 10, 2019

Summary
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a multi-perspective book narrated by Violet Markey and Theodore Finch who were strangers that found themselves on the top of the bell tower ledge at Bartlett High School in Bartlett Indiana. Finch knew why Violet was up there because it happened to be the same reason as him, which was to jump. Violet who was trembling with fear was carefully lead back down to school grounds by Finch. They went from being U.S. Geography partners to being lovers, and they learned things that they never knew about each other. Finch learns about how Violet Markey was a car crash survivor who was on her way back home from a teenage house party, but her sister Elenor wasn't as lucky and Violet had to live with the guilt of her sister's death. On the other hand, Violet finds that Finch had an obsession with death and was always looking at different ways to die and was labelled as “The Freak” that was on thin ice about being expelled from school. Along their journey of wandering Indiana, they found themselves not just living off the basic needs of a human being but living off of each other, because every moment they spent with each other was the only thing keeping themselves from taking their lives. However, Violet and Finch have a dispute that leads to Finch drowning himself. Violet being emotional than ever thanks Finch for helping her bringing her out of a nutshell and being able to see the world from a different perspective.
Personal Thoughts
I rate this novel 5/5. I think it's suitable for ages 14+. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in books about Love, Death, and Friendships. Although there is mature content that may not be suitable for everyone. My favourite parts are when Violet and Finch spent their moments together wandering Indiana, and the Lyrics Finch left for Violet before he dies. There is nothing about the book that I dislike.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“And in that moment there’s nothing I fear except losing hold of her hand.”
― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“No more winter at all. Finch, you brought me spring.”
― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Sometimes there’s beauty in the tough words—it’s all in how you read them.”
― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

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MamaDaisy
Nov 01, 2019

''He just found that other world'' --Violet Markey

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night_shadow_8
May 15, 2019

"It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love." - Theodore Finch

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night_shadow_8
Mar 24, 2019

"Let me ask you something. Do you think there's such a thing as a perfect day?" - Theodore Finch

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Pipsqueak4310
Jan 22, 2017

"May your eye go to the Sun, To the wind your soul.... You are all the colors in one, at full brightness."

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giraffes714
Aug 13, 2016

Sorry wastes time. You have to live your life like you'll never be sorry. It's easier just to do the right thing from the start so there's nothing to apologize for.

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giraffes714
Aug 12, 2016

Sometimes there's beauty in the tough words - it's all in how you read them.

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jazminefinuliar04
Jun 23, 2020

jazminefinuliar04 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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elisabeth_23
Apr 14, 2020

elisabeth_23 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

ArapahoeKate Aug 06, 2019

ArapahoeKate thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Helen101
Nov 29, 2018

Helen101 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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xjfx
Oct 13, 2018

xjfx thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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yellow_sparrow_24
Oct 02, 2017

yellow_sparrow_24 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_owl_1134
Sep 24, 2017

blue_owl_1134 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 88 and 99

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chosenhearts
Nov 15, 2016

chosenhearts thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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fallacyx2
Mar 01, 2016

fallacyx2 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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livieb17
Sep 26, 2015

livieb17 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Goodtimepoet
Jun 23, 2015

This book is about a boy names Finch and a girl names Violet.

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AletaLindsey Mar 16, 2015

Other: Could be triggering- suicidal thoughts

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