Title & Author: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Publisher/Year: Knopf – January 6, 2015
Genres: YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Other Books By Author: Debut YA Book
What This Book Is About
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful 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.
(Summary from Goodreads)
My Thoughts on This Book
I have certainly be lucking out lately with all of these amazing books that I have had the opportunity to read, and All the Bright Places is no exception. What drew me into wanting to read this book was it’s reference to The Fault in Our Stars. The character’s attitudes definitely reminded me of Hazel and Augustus, but that is where the similarities end. I love the alternating narration between Violet and Finch and watching their friendship evolve into so much more. I thought Finch and Violet were perfect for each other and enjoyed when they would go on their adventures for their class project.
When it came to the characters, I really liked both Violet and Finch, but I do feel like I liked Finch a little bit more and found myself looking forward to Finch’s chapters. Finch is supportive of Violet and helps her with a lot of her personal issues. Violet on the other hand was once part of the popular clique at their high school and often doesn’t want to be seen or talk to Finch where anyone will see them. That bothered me after a while, but it didn’t make me dislike her either. I loved the moments in the book where they were together and I felt like they helped each other a lot.
All the Bright Places is a book that will make you laugh and cry. My heart broke a certain points, but the author put it back together again. This is definitely a book I want to read again in the future and would recommend it to anyone.