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All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14 and up
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2015
NO. PAGES: 400
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
ISBN: 0385755880
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop


The Story
All the Bright Places—Book Review

From the publisher: 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.
The Scoop
All the Bright Places—Book Review
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This is a beautiful, though intense, and at times, very difficult book to read. In an extremely unlikely friendship, two very fragile teens collaborate on a school project, embarking on a journey of personal growth along the way. Theirs evolves into a love story, and the two grow extremely close. It is important to note that this story does end in a character’s suicide, which is both tragic and heartbreaking. Mental illness and attempted suicide are important elements to the story. In All The Bright Places, the writing is exceptional, the characters are relatable, flawed, and real. Language is graphic, though not shocking for older teens, and teen sex takes place. This story is most appropriate for older teen girls who can handle adult subject matter, and who are not looking for something light.
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