All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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The New York Times bestselling love story about two teens who find each other while standing on the edge.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for--and manages to find-- something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small 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--six stories above the ground-- it's unclear who saves whom. Soon it's only with Violet that Finch can be himself. 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. . . .

"A do-not-miss for fans of Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars , and basically anyone who can breathe." --Justine Magazine

"At the heart--a big one--of All the Bright Places lies a charming love story about this unlikely and endearing pair of broken teenagers." --The New York Times Book Review

"A heart-rending , stylish love story." -- The Wall Street Journal

"A complex love story that will bring all the feels ." -- Seventeen Magazine

" Impressively layered, lived-in, and real ." --Buzzfeed
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385755887
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Niven
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustrations


From Library Staff

Netflix loves a good YA book-to-film adaptation, so it’s no surprise they’ve picked up an adaptation of this winner of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction. Get ready to weep as Elle Fanning and Justice Smith bring this teen romance to our televisions and laptops.

Violent and Finch meet on the ledge of a bell tower, but neither jump. This is their story.

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Jul 27, 2020

Definitely one of my absolute favourite books! I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after I read it. Wonderfully written and so so beautiful. 100% recommend this book to anyone! (Especially if you like books that will make you cry, as well as think.) I love this book.

Jun 23, 2020

This novel written by Jennifer Niven revolves around two 12th graders from Indiana named Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, who both deal with the same problems of suicide. They meet when Violet attempts to jump off the town’s bell tower as a way to deal with the guilt of surviving a car crash instead of her sister, and Finch convinces her to get down. As they deal with the problems that they face, they get closer through their travels of their small town, and eventually fall in love. One thing I liked about All the Bright Places is the serious issues they touch upon, such as bipolar disorder and depression. This is due to the fact that mental illness within adolescents is stigmatized, as is avoided being talked about as much as possible. Overall, I highly recommend reading this book if you like to read about more serious topics in young adult novels, and I recommend watching the Netflix film based on the book if you would like to see how the characters’ emotions are portrayed in person.

Apr 23, 2020

A bittersweet and ethereal story. Finch and Violet will stay with you for a long, long time. I recommend the Netflix movie by the same name as well.

Apr 14, 2020

I loved this book! It was heartbreaking and raw, but had moments of brightness. Also, it is based in my home state of Indiana which is a plus for me.

Apr 03, 2020

Other books I've read had left me feeling unfulfilled, or like the whole book was a puzzle and their endings left their puzzle uncompleted. All the Bright Places is not only the most fulfilling, poetic, and well put together romance I've ever had the pleasure of reading, but also the most relatable mix of feelings I've ever experienced. The book shows how the main characters cope with their dark emotions and thoughts, and often times reminded me of when I'd felt the same way. Though I cried my eyes out while reading this book, I also laughed, smiled, and felt as though I was living through it all. All the Bright Places is a MUST READ for any reader-not just for people like me who can't get enough of sappy romance:).

JCLBrittanyC Jan 10, 2020

This one will definitely pull at the heart strings HARD. Violet and Finch are
classmates who meet at the ledge of their school’s bell tower, as you read it
becomes unclear who is there to save the other that day. As the story continues you
dive into this new connection that is made between these two teens who feel a little
lost in the world. I will say this book does cover the topic of teen suicide a lot, so if
someone is sensitive to that topic, this might not be the best for them. Otherwise, I
found this to be a very important read, as it allows us to delve into a new and
different human experience.

Nov 10, 2019

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a multi-perspective book narrated by Violet Markey and Theodore Finch who were strangers that found themselves on the top of the bell tower ledge at Bartlett High School in Bartlett Indiana. Finch knew why Violet was up there because it happened to be the same reason as him, which was to jump. Violet who was trembling with fear was carefully lead back down to school grounds by Finch. They went from being U.S. Geography partners to being lovers, and they learned things that they never knew about each other. Finch learns about how Violet Markey was a car crash survivor who was on her way back home from a teenage house party, but her sister Elenor wasn't as lucky and Violet had to live with the guilt of her sister's death. On the other hand, Violet finds that Finch had an obsession with death and was always looking at different ways to die and was labelled as “The Freak” that was on thin ice about being expelled from school. Along their journey of wandering Indiana, they found themselves not just living off the basic needs of a human being but living off of each other, because every moment they spent with each other was the only thing keeping themselves from taking their lives. However, Violet and Finch have a dispute that leads to Finch drowning himself. Violet being emotional than ever thanks Finch for helping her bringing her out of a nutshell and being able to see the world from a different perspective.
Personal Thoughts
I rate this novel 5/5. I think it's suitable for ages 14+. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in books about Love, Death, and Friendships. Although there is mature content that may not be suitable for everyone. My favourite parts are when Violet and Finch spent their moments together wandering Indiana, and the Lyrics Finch left for Violet before he dies. There is nothing about the book that I dislike.

Oct 24, 2019

Such a good book. I think it’s beautiful. I love finch. I love the way he thinks, what he says, his sticky note wall... It was sad but I love that it was real. I definitely recommend it.

Jul 23, 2019

Still collecting my thoughts because this book left me so. so. sad. But 10/10 recommend, one of my new favorite books!

Feb 06, 2019

I liked the book but I was confused about what happened in the end.😞

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Nov 01, 2019

''He just found that other world'' --Violet Markey

May 15, 2019

"It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love." - Theodore Finch

Mar 24, 2019

"Let me ask you something. Do you think there's such a thing as a perfect day?" - Theodore Finch

Jan 22, 2017

"May your eye go to the Sun, To the wind your soul.... You are all the colors in one, at full brightness."

Aug 13, 2016

Sorry wastes time. You have to live your life like you'll never be sorry. It's easier just to do the right thing from the start so there's nothing to apologize for.

Aug 12, 2016

Sometimes there's beauty in the tough words - it's all in how you read them.

Aug 12, 2016

The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.

Aug 12, 2016

You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.

Jul 06, 2016

"It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love"

JCLChrisK Dec 31, 2015

It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.

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Jun 23, 2015

This book is about a boy names Finch and a girl names Violet.


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AletaLindsey Mar 16, 2015

Other: Could be triggering- suicidal thoughts

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