All the Bright Places

atbpAll the Bright Places. Jennifer Niven. Young Adult/Contemporary/Fiction. 388 pages. [Source: Purchased from Fully Booked]

“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.”

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.

K:

OKAY. I honestly don’t know how to start this review because i really wanted to love this book. I’m so sad. This book had such beautiful quotes and phenomenal writing. Reading each beautifully-crafted sentence was like feeding a part of my soul.

HOWEVER

I really don’t agree with the message. Two teens meeting and falling at the brink of suicide is not a healthy message for the young adults all over the world reading All the Bright Places. It announces that when you give in to what you really want, life will find a way to stop you and give you something beautiful. However, that is not the case. One must never forget
that what Niven has written, is a realist novel. It is still a work of fiction and in no way will it ever justify need for suicide and the romanticizing of it.

Suicide is a particularly difficult topic for me because there are people around me that do think about that, and in no way would I want them to read this book. Any book that triggers suicide is a big no from me.

Reviewing this book is particularly difficult because while I didn’t like the message, I liked everything else. I liked the characters, the plot, and the wording. I’m just saddened because the message really ruined the book for me.

I rate this book

2 stars
Eh? What happened?

N:

Theodore Finch broke my heart.

BONUS!
Even though the book didn’t do it for me, I still loved a ton of quotes!

“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
― Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places

“And in that moment there’s nothing I fear except losing hold of her hand.”
― Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places

“For what it’s worth, you showed me something, Ultraviolet – there is such a thing as a perfect day.”
― Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places

“I’d like to live in a world designed by Theodore Finch.”
― Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places

“Maybe even the smallest places mean something.”
― Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places

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7 Replies to “All the Bright Places”

  1. I read this book recently and I honestly loved it, but it’s definitely a trigger for people with suicidal thoughts, so I totally see where you’re coming from with your review. I wish you both could have enjoyed it a little bit more, though, only because it’s always a little bit sad when you love a book so much and someone else doesn’t.

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  2. I do want to read this book, and I’m sorry you didn’t like it as much! I know it can be a touchy topic, but I’m sure the author only meant to encourage others to, well, live. 🙂

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