BOOK REVIEW: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Mental Health

Page Count: 388 pages

Publication Date: January 2015


Goodreads summary:

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.


My thoughts:

Guys, I have to admit something… I came very close to DNFing this book. I’m not a big fan of character-driven stories, so when I realised that that’s what I was reading I felt a bit discouraged. BUT I’m so glad I stuck with this book! All the bright places

The first two thirds of the story were kind of slow. Not much happened really. The final third of the book, however, was brilliant! It made me cry (which is quite rare for me) and laugh out loud!

Even though All The Bright Places deals with tough and sad topics it does have a rather lightheartedness to it. The way the author approaches mental illness and everything that comes with it feels very genuine and honest.

A beautiful and poignant book (that also makes you want to travel more).


depression, suicide, mental illness, abuse




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