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All the bright places by Jennifer Niven


TITLE: All the bright places
WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Niven
PUBLISHED BY: Knopf Books for Young Readers
PAGES: 400


(PLOT BY GR) 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

REVIEW: I sort of like this book but don’t really. I AM SO SORRY. I really thought I would love this story as many of you did, but I DON’T. I don’t know if it’s me that I’m in a weird mood or if it’s actually the book. So, if the author will ever read this review (I don’t think so) don’t take it personally — I mean it could totally be me and your book is perfect. I REALLY DON’T KNOW.
As you can read I’m really confused about this book, but I thought it’s best I start writing the review since I finished it just few days ago.

“All the bright places” is a book about suicide and mental illness: Finch is a kid who thinks a lot about suicide and which way to die and I’ve felt really connected with him in so many levels (but my personal life is a story for another time); Violet lost his sister in a car accident and she feels guilty for that, she is depressed and tries to kill herself in the first chapter even if it really wasn’t her willing. Finch saves her.
What I think is wrong with this book is the love-story. I feel like the author is forcing me to like this relationship, but all I want to do is knowing more about Finch’s life and especially is mind. I really didn’t like how his story ended. It actually pissed me off (A LOT). And I won’t say anymore words in order to not spoil the ending to anyone who hasn’t read the book.

The book is really well-written and I think Jennifer Niven is a talent author, but this story is definitely missing a lot. I feel so bad for not liking this book. REALLY. I read so MANY-MANY-MANY good reviews about it.
I really was thinking SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

(I couldn’t avoid to post Dustin. HE IS SO CUTE!)
But I would definitely buy the next Jennifer Niven’s book. Maybe she will redeem herself! *fingers crossed*


“I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257-foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person.”

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