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 just got out on summer break so I’ve been able to get through quite a few books. One of them, All the Bright Places, stuck out to me.
All the Bright Places follows two teens, Theodore Finch, who goes by “Finch”, and Violet Markey. They find each other on the top of there school’s bell tower one afternoon when Violet is overwhelmed by the loss of her best friend.
Later, it comes out to the school that Finch is suicidal and Violet saved him when she brought him down that day. What the school doesn’t know is that it was actually the opposite.
Through out the book, Violet must deal with the stress of her sister’s death, and Finch must deal with the bullying he faces at school. Despite there immense differences, the two teens find a way to cope with their past together.
Now on to what I thought of the book.
It was obvious from page one that Jennifer Niven connected the readers with her characters in such a natural way by illustrating the compassion the characters shared with one another.
It is always hard to address teen suicide because it is a leading cause of death amongst young adults, but Niven did an amazing job showing how much this issue affects the lives of so many people.
What was so impressive about the book was how much it hit home to the audience even if you haven’t been affected by suicide.
I always enjoy a good laugh in a novel and this book gave me a few, which I was satisfied with, but focused mostly on the relationships loved ones have with the deceased.
I have a hard time critiquing this book in any way, and its gotten such a great response. Two thumbs up to Niven for making me think, in the best way.
Few books change lives, and this book is definitely one of them.