Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Death & Dying, Depression & Mental Illness, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
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.
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.
Everyone has been raving about ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES,
especially Bec, I think she threatened me, and it was even announced as a Goodreads Choice 2015 Winner. Obviously, I had to read it. So I did. But now, HOW DO I REVIEW THIS.
“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”
This novel is full of perfectly imperfect characters. Even the side characters who seem to have it all are struggling with something on the inside. Although I wish said side characters had been given a little more depth, I’m okay with this because this novel really focused on developing the two main characters, Violet and Finch. They were just so authentic, their thoughts and actions are easy to relate to and feel for.
The pacing in this book was also great, I kept turning the pages and wanting to return to this story whenever I put the book down.
“No more winter at all. Finch, you brought me spring.”
When I finally picked this up, all I knew was that it was going to be sad, based on the reactions. I didn’t even really know the synopsis. Halfway through reading it, when updating Goodreads, I saw that it was toted as “The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park,” and I really couldn’t/didn’t see why.
Boy, was I surprised. Until the last 20% or so. Still, this book can definitely hold its own and deserves to be known as more than a “TFIOS copy.”
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES depicts raw, real emotions. It is unflinchingly honest and heartbreaking yet hopeful at the same time. It has an important message, and I would definitely recommend checking this one out.
“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”