All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Review)

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


Source: Brought from Charity shop

Publisher: Penguin

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Publication Date: 8th January 2015

Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

At the time this book came out it got a lot of interest from readers and to be honest I didn’t really pay much attention to it. But last year I saw it at my local charity shop and I decided to buy it. I didn’t really know much about the book but I remembered the title and brought it anyway. I finally picked it up and I actually liked it, which has surprised me.

All the Bright Place is one of those books where I’ve been struggling to write a review. I just don’t know what to say. It is a beautifully written book that will have your emotions all over the place.

All the Bright Places follows two characters Finch and Violet. We follow both characters as they go through some hard times, sometimes they go through it together and sometimes they through it alone. But it was really interesting to read about how each of the characters were suffering in their own ways.

At the beginning I wasn’t sure about this book, but later I realised that every time I put it down I just wanted to go back to it, as I wanted to know what was going to happen to the character.

As I said earlier this is a beautifully written book that covers some very difficult issues, but Jennifer Niven has done it so well. What I liked was how the author doesn’t shy away from things she writes them as it is, and that’s how it should be in my opinion.

Now to the characters. I found both characters genuine and well developed. I actually felt I could connect with them. While reading I felt for them especially with the difficulties they were both going through. I was a little surprised as to how much depth they had, especially in a single novel.

Although I loved reading this book I won’t be giving it 5 stars (Hearts) and that’s because of the romance. I just don’t understand why such a wonderful storyline needs to be spoilt by adding  romance to it. Why can’t they just be best of friends. They can still support each other in the exact same way without actually becoming a couple. But hey that’s just my opinion.

Overall a really good book that I would definitely recommend if you haven’t read it already.

Trigger Warnings: Death, Depression, Suicide

 (Another prompt for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge complete. This book was for the prompt Goodreads Winner.)

My Rating


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