• Page Count: 400
  • Release Date: January 6, 2015
  • My Rating: 2 stars

All the Bright Places

An exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

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.


Ok, this book IS well-written and I liked the whole adventure part of the story, but that’s kind of where the good feelings end.

Throughout this whole story Finch is contemplating killing himself and talking about all of the different ways people kill themselves and then… (view spoiler)

The description of Finch’s mental states were well done, but most of his character development revolves around helping Violet (and being borderline obsessed with her after instantly falling in love). So the story is mostly about her… and I did like Violet, but the whole “quirky” pretentious teen thing is getting super old. This really blended in with countless other YA books.

Aside from being rather depressing, the story romanticized mental illness in the same way that A Fault in Our Stars almost romanticized cancer. Both of these books doshow serious ramifications of the illnesses, but… something about the way it’s approached as almost a plot device just doesn’t sit right with me. It also felt like I was being pushed to feel a certain way in the end, but I… really did not feel any of that. I mostly ended the book feeling kind of gross? I didn’t even like their relationship.

So this story really didn’t click with me, but I still know a lot of people love it (especially John Green fans).


3 comments on “Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven”

  1. I actually really liked this book. Not because of the quirky teenager/lovey part, but the aftermath of feelings that others go through when someone close to them commits suicide. To each his own. I appreciate your honest reviews, not just going with the bandwagon of everyone else.

    • Yeah, most of my friends enjoyed this as well so I’m glad you guys found a book you love! It just wasn’t totally for me in the end.

  2. I liked this book, but I agree about some of your comments. It wasn’t super original and the character just kind of felt forced and meh.

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