All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Warning: This book will give you the feels…

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a story told through two point of views in a small town of Indiana.  At first, you think that Finch and Violet are two completely different people.  Finch is a boy who is known as the “Freak” by his fellow classmates while Violet is the popular girl who seems to have the friends and life that Finch has never had.  But, we find both of them at the top of the school’s bell tower standing on the edge looking down.  No one notices Finch, but everyone becomes engaged when someone spots Violet.

This book is on the standpoint of suicide.  Finch is on the ledge, but he struggles to “stay alive.”  Violet is the one who wants to jump.  Little to the knowledge of the town, the real hero is not who they think it is.

Violet’s life changed after the accident.  She now wants to crawl through life with the excuse of not being ready to go into the real world again.  Finch helps her see that she is stronger than the excuses that she has been using constantly in the last year.  Violet and Finch begin to uncover each others’ secrets of how they ended up on the bell tower that day.  A school project brings the two together closer than they ever thought.  They begin to Wander…

Like I said before, this book will leave you with the feels.  I enjoyed reading All the Bright Places.  There were moments of sadness, laughter, empathy, hope, and love.  It will make you think about suicide/thought of suicide and its effects on not only the person but also the family, friends, and people around.  I think the author touched the subject in a real way.  It doesn’t seem to be a book that goes into the fluff-covered topics.  The writing felt real.

I advise that everyone who finishes this book to also read the Author’s note at the end.  (AFTER you read).  It really hits base with the whole subject, and it will bring the reading experience closer to you. So, for your sake, don’t skip it!

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.  It is a must read for every young adult!  I think the characters were drawn out great, and they really complimented each other.  You got to see the emotions of each point of view when it comes to the thoughts of suicide.  We got to see the town’s experience, the counselor’s, the families’, the friend’s, and of course the two main characters.  The book was very well written.

“I am forever changed.”  – p.349

More Book Information:

Published: 6 January 2015

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 388

How I Read It: Hardcover

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