All The Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven

GoodReads Winner: Young Adult Fiction

all the bright places


I’m not sure where to start with All The Bright Places, I started it yesterday and finished it this morning. It is such a sweet love story but also such a sad deep story about loss, feeling helpless, and feeling lost. This book is a raw look at teen age bullying and suicide and the despair that follows.

Theodore Finch also known as Finch is a boy who is lost. His dad is violent, his classmates bully him and he feels like the only way to find peace is to commit suicide. You could say he is a bit obsessed with ways to die. That is until Violet Markey stepped up on the ledge of the bell tower. Finch saw hope and got a new outlook on life. Violet however is broken also, she blames herself for her sister’s death and feels lost without her best friend. Together they forge a friendship that is healthy and something that they each need. They are each others rock and think that  together they can overcome their demons. However Finch is spiraling down a slippery slope and once he is on that path it might not be easy to get back on track and get the help he needs to survive and live life.

summary:  When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground—it’s unclear who saves whom. For fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park, this is an exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die…