by Jennifer Niven
Summary: Theodore Finch. He is a tortured soul, completely obsessed with death. Everyday he thinks of ways he might die, but also desperately seeks something - anything - that will keep him here.
Violet Markey. She is struggling to make it through each day without her sister. She is counting down the days until graduation when she can get out of her town and begin to live again, away from the memories and the pain.
And, then Finch and Violet meet. On the ledge of the bell tower at school. One rescues the other, and a relationship begins that changes everyone's' lives forever.
Thoughts: All the Bright Places grabs you from page 1 and never lets go. Teens Finch and Violet are both seriously struggling. Finch is an outsider. Getting up, making it through the day, and finding a reason to do it again the next is a constant challenge. Violet's struggle is new. It began when her sister died in a car accident in which Violet was a passenger and survived. Everyone wants her to start moving on, getting back into life. But she just can't do it. Being a sole survivor is incredibly difficult, and Violet is consumed by guilt. When the two meet, both find a kindred spirit that neither expected, but is exactly who both need.
This powerful novel and these afflicted characters are unforgettable. Inspired from events from her own high school experience, Jennifer Niven tells a story that is gripping, honest, and completely heart-breaking. It explores these teens' struggle to truly live as well as navigating difficult family relationships and intense first love. It inspires readers to look for the bright places in their lives and to also look for those around them who might be silently suffering. Get your tissues (and your Post-its!) ready. This one will touch your heart forever.
Read All the Bright Places if you ...
- enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, Eleanor and Park, Thirteen Reasons Why or If I Stay
- have lost someone close to you
- sometimes feel lost - or like a "weary traveler" - in this world
- are a tortured soul or commiserate with those who are
- you remember (or dream of!) your first true love
Note: The movie rights of All the Bright Places have already been sold, and Elle Fanning has been cast to play Violet!
I created a wall of some of my bright places and was honored that author Jennifer Niven added it to her blog! :)