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.
When I first purchased All the Bright Places, I had no idea that the novel would impact me so severely. I have always been an advocate for mental illness awareness and breaking the stigma that comes with the illnesses that people cannot see. Niven’s book reminded me of something that I would read by John Green, which is one of the many reasons that I enjoyed it so much. I would say it’s a combination of Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, but don’t let that steer you away from reading it. Although the plot resembles Green’s novels, it is the characters that differentiate All the Bright Places. Finch’s character is so easy to fall in love with and perfectly exemplifies the vulnerability that comes with mental illness. However, I mostly identified with Violet, who is a perfect example of grief and its stages. I think that this book is a great read for anyone who’s experienced loss, but also for people who aren’t opposed to a good young love story.
If you liked All the Bright Places, you should read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Goodreads rating: 4.19/5
Dee’s rating: 5/5
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