All the Bright Places (Review & Giveaway!)
Title: All the Bright Places
Published Date: 6th January
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.
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow
Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice
in YA, Jennifer Niven.
hype for this book was intense. I had seen so many gushing reviews about how
emotional this book was and that it led to crazy tears – quite along the lines
of The Fault in Our Stars. To be honest, I wasn’t really feeling The Fault in
Our Stars which made me a bit nervous when it came to this book, but it was a
great read! I was especially looking forward to it after Charnell’s review @
Reviews from a Bookworm.
and Finch, who were both hurting in different ways. There was Violet, who had
recently lost her older sister in a car crash while she was also in the car,
and was suffering grief from that. Then there was also Finch, who was obsessed
with death and bullied at school.
enough with to immerse myself in the story. He was bullied at school because he
refused to fit a certain label of what was normal and accept. He was himself,
always. I am someone who is strongly against the idea of conformity and it made
me so happy to see that, but so sad with how he was treated. He never fought
back although he could easily beat up those bullies. I loved what he did for
Violet to help her through the grief she was experiencing. Everything he did
for himself and for her, was for her benefit.
way from the usual. His parents were divorced and his mother turned into an
uncaring, empty person who was worn out trying to work so many jobs to keep
them financially stable. Half the time I wanted to shake her and get her to pay
attention to her kids, but at other times you could see how the separation had
broken her, and she was struggling to get by herself. Finch’s father who is
remarried throughout the book was horrible. He was abusive and he was cruel and
I couldn’t stand him. I wasn’t supposed to though, which made it a point to
Niven of course.
bear trying to fit in after her death. She’s a writer, a bookworm and a blogger
– and even with all those things we had in common (including losing a loved
one) I still didn’t get as immersed as I would have liked, like with Finch. She
was the character that underwent the most character development as well because
there is a steady and substantial difference from herself at the beginning than
in the end. I liked that a lot.
novel. Brenda and Charlie were Finch’s friends and they were nice enough, but
it was the mean girl Amanda who really did develop over the course of the
different. Finch is counting up, from when he was last asleep (what he calls
having a very strong depressive period of time where he does literally nothing…
it’s like he ceases to exists). So basically he is counting the days he is
awake. Violet on the other hand is counting the days down to graduation when
she can be done with school. It was interesting to see how their counting
changed as time went along.
between depression and grief. I think it depicts both of them so accurately of
course, in the case of one person. It shows us what it means to lose someone.
It shows us what it means to live – truly live. It shows us what we are worth,
what people might remember about us, and ways that we can do good in this world
whether it is a big difference or small. It nailed it.
positive in my opinion, but it is all clean. Any scenes fade out into the next
one so we don’t see anything. A clean YA!
for this book. I have recently started doing this, but Jennifer Niven is
telling a more personal story than I had believed. This book is based on true
events, although how much or how little I couldn’t tell you. Either way, the
author’s note is worth the read in this book.
book (and it even made me want to read The Waves by Virginia Woolf, which I am
going to do) but I have two that I want to share with you. One an original
quote from the book and another is one that the book quoted but I just love
is your day. You’re off to Great Places, you’re off and away!” – Dr. Seuss, Oh,
The Places You’ll Go.
up even a little when you are feeling down?