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BOOK REVIEW: 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.

Source: Penguin (thank you for changing my life with this book)
384 pages

My Rating
coral5

I can’t breath because I’ve finished a crying fest and I feel as if my feels are exploding out of me.
This book is brilliant! That is really all I can say in one sentence to sum up this book. This book was so very touching and mesmerizing! The characters have so much depth and are most importantly, relateable. The writing is beautiful and memorable and I can guarantee that this is a book that will definitely stay with you forever.

What really struck me was Finch’s character. He was so alive even if he was ridiculously fascinated with death. The way he acted was as if he loved life and didn’t care what everyone thought of him. He was snarky and funny and oddly wise. He was a delinquent who always got in trouble and made smart-ass comments during class. He reminded me a lot of Leo Valdez. What was going on in his head, though was very different. As the book develops, Finch slowly sinks into a deep and dark place in his head. It felt as if two sides of him were fighting. The side that loved Violet and wanted to stay with her and the broken part that thought he was impossible to love and therefore couldn’t give anyone the love they deserved. I loved him so much, the words he said were inspiring and the conflict between his actions and his thoughts gave him so much depth as a character.

Violet was a tricky character. What I found myself eager to know was who she was before her sister’s death. I really admire her before-life; a successful website, a real writing talent and a guaranteed future. The only thing I didn’t like was the popular gang she used to hang out with. I loved reading her development as a mourning character who loses a loved one. She pretty much gives up everything that reminds her of her sister and that way, she really gets to realise the mundane sense of her friends and the life she used to live. She experiences the most character development and I loved seeing that. She often reflects back to the person she used to be to the person she is now. I loved how Niven lets us discover this about ourselves through Violet.

The interaction between these two characters was oddly light-hearted given the main concept of this book. They just clicked when they were together. I loved the “wanderings” they did. The book caravan thing was probably the coolest thing ever! If there’s one in Sydney, someone tell me! The writing and the pacing was lovely and insightful, I love the way Niven sets up each character in depth so that when the two character’s romance start to blossom, we really get to see how they both affect each other.

I loved this book so much! It made you feel and it struck a powerful chord in my heart. This is definitely a 2015 highlight. I’m looking forward to the movie and I hope that it’ll be good because I will kill them if they ruin this perfect book.

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Disclaimer: My reviews are 100% honest whether the book had been provided by a publisher, author or purely bought.

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23 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

  1. I just finished this book last night and it KILLED ME. I’m not sure I’ll ever get over it and I have no idea how I’m going to write a review. Every time I start to think about it I cry!

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  2. Aww we used the same gif! Too funny! I agree with you though, it was set up so well to perfectly destroy us 😉 And I am wary of the movie, to be honest. I mean, how can it do the book justice? I don’t know, I am sure I will see it but I am scared! Great review!

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  3. Ohh this is a book I want to be reading so badly! You don’t know how many giveaways I have entered for this one! It sounds like an emotional rollercoaster ride with a deep meaning and characters that are so intricately weaved they could jump out the page. The whole premise is interesting too, oh I waaaant!

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  4. I completely agree with everything that you said! I honestly couldn’t have said it better myself. This book is a complete game changer and makes you really open your eyes to the world and people around you. Brilliant review!

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  5. All the bright places came out a couple days after my birthday but I never got the chance to read it. Finally, in late March my friend was borrowing it from a friend so I asked her if I could borrow it. When I finally finished reading the book ( I finished it in a day and a half ) I was at lost for words and it was the first book that I actually completely broke down and sobbed in. In the previous year I’ve felt exactly like Finch and although I’m better now Finch has made me amazingly well because I felt so connected to him and when he died I literally felt like it was someone I knew. So after my sobbing session I searched up the book and your blog came up with this post and it had me crying all over again . I was reading through your post today and I found it again and I almost cried because I feel all the same emotions again after reading your review . Thank you so much for writing these reviews and having this blog because I feel like I can actually fangirl with someone who won’t judge me and think I’m weird for having best friends that are only fictional. Kiki x

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    1. Aw, that’s so sweet! This book was fantastic and its one of those which everyone can relate to. I’m glad you enjoyed my review and we’re all weirdos and fangirls here so, no worries!

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