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.
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This text is absolutely incredible for anybody who has lost someone to suicide, has been impacted by it personally or knows somebody who has. It opens your eyes and heart to a new perspective on a tale of love and the ways in which death impacts everybody - even the "Freak".
I almost can’t review this book, it’s so beautiful and heartbreaking. All the bright places is a story about Finch and Violet, both who are struggling with grief and depression. Their feelings of isolation and difficulties dealing with dark emotions push them to thoughts of suicide, and they meet on the ledge of a school building.
Debut author Jennifer Niven has delivered a gorgeous tear-jerker. Her storytelling of their relationship is youthful, touching and Finch’s enthusiasm and love for Violet is captivating and engaging. Finch is a complex character, quirky and adventurous but is also extremely troubled, sometimes taking himself off the radar for weeks. It is not discussed in depth what he suffers from, in a very similar way to how today’s society sometimes deals with the stigma of mental illness. But with his ability to live in the moment, he helps to remind Violet of all the reasons to appreciate and live life again. All the Bright Places, is a deeply moving novel, reminding the reader that in all dark moments there is brightness.
It's been days now and I still have no idea what to write. I'm sorry, ok?
But this is the point where I give you some sort of garble as to what I think I think of it. Reader beware. This is your one and only warning.
The truth is that I am disappointed in this book. I expected quite a bit more than what I got because THE HYPE. It's ridiculous. So I did something I never do and bought the book the day it was released. And read it not long after I got it.
However, unfortunately I had some problems with it.
Perhaps the biggest one was that I felt the pacing of the book was way, way too slow. I can't deal with slow pacing in books. I get disconnected and bored. As I did with All the Bright Places. I think a lot of stuff to do with the homework project Violet and Finch did maybe could have been cut.
The other thing was that while I loved Finch right away, I didn't really connect with Violet from the start. Although, as her relationship with Finch blossomed, I found myself becoming more accustomed to her. I liked the way she kind of grew as a person and the way this was done gradually. Which of course the slow pacing allowed to happen. Ok, so it's good for something.
While I wasn't as emotionally invested as others, as I was a little detached from the story, there were a couple of those moments where you can just feel your stomach drop. Out of your feet. While I didn't cry at all during the book I still had this very sick feeling that something was going to happen. Which I won't share of course.
All in all, I felt like the issues dealt with in the book were handled with expertise. The characters were so realistic and the author has done a fantastic job with her book.
I really would recommend this book. I think all teens should read it - while in countries like Australia the cheerleader/jock/band geek kind of stereotyping isn't as prevalent as it is in America, stereotyping still exists and really can wreck a person's life.
Even days and days later the story has stuck with me and I expect it to stick with me for a long time yet.
And of course I'm looking forward to the movie.
Meteor shower. A great show.
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is a book about mental illness, suicide, love, and grief and it will make you cry.
I knew I was going to cry going in. How could a book with a summary like this not be sad? What I didn’t expect was to become so attached to Finch and Violet, to fall so in love with their story, that I’d cry so hard for the last 20% that I couldn’t read the pages properly. Seriously, I was a mess.
The romance was another element that made me fall in love with this story. From the moment the characters meet there is definitely an attraction there. Over time, as they travel and learn more about each other, the romance slowly develops. Everything about it was structured perfectly, just the way I love my romances. I shipped Finch and Violet before I even started reading and as far as I’m concerned I want more of them together. Let me just read about them all day every day and squeal and cry and make ridiculous fangirling noises as I giddily roll all over my bed.
The final thing I want ramble on about is the writing. Most of the book alternates between Violet and Finch’s POVs. I felt that each was sufficiently different that you didn’t need the names at the start of the chapters to tell who was talking. Each has their own distinctive voice. And what beautiful voices they are. It was so easy to lose myself in the words. Hours would pass and I probably would have forgotten to eat if Mum didn’t call me out for dinner. I was so engrossed. It was a great challenge to put the book away and sleep.
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is a book I can see getting a lot of comparisons to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Yes it’s a story about love and death and life, but to be honest, ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES affected me more. I cried more in ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES than I ever did in TFIOS for various reasons. I loved the writing more in ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, to me it felt more real. Everything about it was marvelous and I can’t put into words the emotion it made me feel. I urge you all to pick up ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES… and have a box of tissues at the ready.
No doubt this will be compared to Fault in Our Stars and we think it readily deserves to. The story of Violet and Finch, both experiencing depression. This novel is executed exceptionally well with Finch being a standout character. There is sadness here but glimmers of real beauty but it will break your heart.