Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on MARCH 18th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.


Publisher: Knopf

Date of Publication: January 6th, 2015

Dates Read: March 16th – 18th, 2015


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.

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My rating: ★★★★★

You guys… this book…

It was beautiful. So, so beautiful, and yet so, so haunting. It was everything I was expecting it to be and so, so, so much more.

I’m sorry, this will probably end up being a short, bad review, because I can’t even find the words to describe this masterpiece.

I’ve never personally been through what either of the main characters have been through, and yet this book is written so well that I could feel every. single. emotion. that they could feel. I was heartbroken when they were, terrified when they were, and yet utterly elated when they were elated. My heart sunk when they were at their lowest and I smiled when they were the happiest.

Lately, I’ve been reading books with characters that bother me, but this time around I have no complaints. I have found nothing wrong with these flawed, broken, wonderful characters.

The plot was great, and the pacing was great. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about this book.

It’s like AtBP has taken my breath away, finding the words has become so hard. It was poetic and it hit me so hard.

Did I cry? No.

But it was fantastic.

Overall: Haunting and beautifully written.


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