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.
I picked up All the Bright Pages for the first time months ago. I only got a few chapters in before having to put it down. It didn’t take long to know this would take me on an emotional ride I just wasn’t ready for at that particular moment. I am sure I am not the only one this happens to but once emotionaly invested in a book I can get pretty down depending on the content. I wasn’t sure if or when I would pick it back up.
I’m writing this review so clearly I decided to give it another go. I am so glad I did. Jennifer Niven created some amazing characters going through serious issues. Finch and Violet find each other when needed most and an intense, heartbreaking but also smile inducing journey unfolds.
All the Bright Places was a reminder that you never really know how deep a persons problems may go and you should never take a persons feelings lightly.
“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.” -Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
In a nutshell, this book ripped my heart out. All The Bright Places touches on some real deep issues. It isn’t perfect and I am not an expert on mental illness but it had some truly beautiful moments. I would definitely call it a must read.