All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“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.”


Rating: 5 stars

Violet and Theodore go to the same school but never talked to each others until one day Violet was about to jump and Theodore was there to save her. But, everyone at school believed that it was Violet who saved Finch. From that day Theodore was taken by Violet and even started a school project with her.

The 2 of them were different from each other. But what they have been enduring had made them close. Violet was still suffering from the death of her sister Eleanor and didn’t feel like doing a single thing. She even stopped writing, the thing she loved the most. Finch on the other hand was like one of his teachers stated was suffering from bipolar decease. But Finch did not accept the idea.

Throughout the book, we noticed how much Violet was changing. She was making new friends and started to fall in love with Finch. Finch was there helping her all the way, telling her that it’s no use to stay the way she is and that she should be enjoying her life more. He’s a fun character but we also notice that he doesn’t know who he is. However, despite the fact that Finch was helping Violet he was suffering from depression and mood swings. He saved his girlfriend but couldn’t save himself at the end of the day which led to his death.

The book was slow at times but it did pick up quickly. The thing in this book is that it dealt with depression, mental illness and suicide. Jennifer Niven highlighted those things in words that can get through your heart within seconds. She knew how to make us feel everything the characters were having. These subjects are not easy to talk about so maybe while reading people will have an idea about it.

 After i finished reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It really had a big impact on me. I couldn’t move one and read another book until a couple days later.

“You can’t do this to me. You were the one who lectured me about living. You were the one who said I had to get out and see what was right in front of me and make the most of it and not wish my time away and find my mountain because my mountain was waiting, and all that adds up to life. But then you leave. You can’t just do that. Especially when you know what I went through losing Eleanore”. (Violet)


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