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. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?
All the Bright Places is Jennifer Niven’s debut Young Adult novel, and it’s supposed to be good and all, but ARGH. I had high hopes for you, Places. How dare you disappoint me. I give this book 2/5 stars. This novel super annoyed me, because everyone was like, ‘Oh my god Places changed my life, you’ve got to read it or you have not lived’, so I read it just to prove that I am an actual living organism, but I’m kind of confused because I couldn’t get into it. AT ALL.
I couldn’t see anything unique in Jennifer Niven’s writing, and there was nothing special about the book that came out and surprised/touched/broke me (like, say, TFIOS*), which is kind of what I was expecting from it. Also, what I found strange was that a chapter or two was all about Finch and him wanting to kill himself, and a few chapters after was nothing to do with that, and repeat. This confused me a lot because throughout the book I had to keep reminding myself Finch wanted to take his own life, or else I would forget. *AHEM*
*Which is totally weird, because Guardian says All the Bright Places is ‘The next Fault in Our Stars- this is it’!
There is an All the Bright Places film in progress, starring Elle Fanning as Violet Markey. The other cast is yet to be announced. I wouldn’t personally recommend this book but there’s plenty of other people who loved it so don’t be put off by my strange taste in books, and please tell me if you agree with me on this one.
This book is amazing… I couldn’t put it down- Zoe sugg AKA Zoella