Book Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Friday, April 14, 2017

Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle
Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Beautiful Bastard

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.

This is the second book that has made me cry this year. I do not deal with suicide talk very well. When I even hear the word, my brain kind of shuts down.

Although, I had higher expectations for this book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt like the romance could have been a better. 

I say that in complete ignorance though. I have never been in a relationship with someone who has depression or any other mental condition. I don't know what it's like. Maybe that's all the love Finch was able to provide to Violet. I'll never know.

This book was beautifully written. It took me a while to read it though. There were some slow parts. And honestly? I was terrified how it would end.

It ended with me in tears. Thanks for that, Jennifer.

I just feel empty for Violet, if you know what I mean. She goes through so much in such a limited amount of time. My heart feels for her.

Out of the two, I relate to Finch the most. I wasn't the most liked person in school either. I just love it when I can relate to a character and understand them on a deeper level. 

This book will stick with me forever. 

1 comment

  1. Nice review, thanks! Hope to read this book this month or the next :)