All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

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"Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another" Provided by publisher.
Topical Term: Friendship
Suicide
Emotional problems of teenagers
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385755887
0385755880
9780385755894
0385755899
Branch Call Number: YA
YA
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 22 cm

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creativegirly123
Apr 03, 2020

Other books I've read had left me feeling unfulfilled, or like the whole book was a puzzle and their endings left their puzzle uncompleted. All the Bright Places is not only the most fulfilling, poetic, and well put together romance I've ever had the pleasure of reading, but also the most relatable mix of feelings I've ever experienced. The book shows how the main characters cope with their dark emotions and thoughts, and often times reminded me of when I'd felt the same way. Though I cried my eyes out while reading this book, I also laughed, smiled, and felt as though I was living through it all. All the Bright Places is a MUST READ for any reader-not just for people like me who can't get enough of sappy romance:).

JCLBrittanyC Jan 10, 2020

This one will definitely pull at the heart strings HARD. Violet and Finch are
classmates who meet at the ledge of their school’s bell tower, as you read it
becomes unclear who is there to save the other that day. As the story continues you
dive into this new connection that is made between these two teens who feel a little
lost in the world. I will say this book does cover the topic of teen suicide a lot, so if
someone is sensitive to that topic, this might not be the best for them. Otherwise, I
found this to be a very important read, as it allows us to delve into a new and
different human experience.

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teniola5
Nov 10, 2019

Summary
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a multi-perspective book narrated by Violet Markey and Theodore Finch who were strangers that found themselves on the top of the bell tower ledge at Bartlett High School in Bartlett Indiana. Finch knew why Violet was up there because it happened to be the same reason as him, which was to jump. Violet who was trembling with fear was carefully lead back down to school grounds by Finch. They went from being U.S. Geography partners to being lovers, and they learned things that they never knew about each other. Finch learns about how Violet Markey was a car crash survivor who was on her way back home from a teenage house party, but her sister Elenor wasn't as lucky and Violet had to live with the guilt of her sister's death. On the other hand, Violet finds that Finch had an obsession with death and was always looking at different ways to die and was labelled as “The Freak” that was on thin ice about being expelled from school. Along their journey of wandering Indiana, they found themselves not just living off the basic needs of a human being but living off of each other, because every moment they spent with each other was the only thing keeping themselves from taking their lives. However, Violet and Finch have a dispute that leads to Finch drowning himself. Violet being emotional than ever thanks Finch for helping her bringing her out of a nutshell and being able to see the world from a different perspective.
Personal Thoughts
I rate this novel 5/5. I think it's suitable for ages 14+. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in books about Love, Death, and Friendships. Although there is mature content that may not be suitable for everyone. My favourite parts are when Violet and Finch spent their moments together wandering Indiana, and the Lyrics Finch left for Violet before he dies. There is nothing about the book that I dislike.

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red_bat_1577
Oct 24, 2019

Such a good book. I think it’s beautiful. I love finch. I love the way he thinks, what he says, his sticky note wall... It was sad but I love that it was real. I definitely recommend it.

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elainaserrato
Jul 23, 2019

Still collecting my thoughts because this book left me so. so. sad. But 10/10 recommend, one of my new favorite books!

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Helen101
Feb 06, 2019

I liked the book but I was confused about what happened in the end.😞

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summerforever
Oct 28, 2018

I remember crying my eyes out at the end. And then I read the author's note.
Not surprised that I woke up the next day with swollen eyes!

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RosaReads2
Sep 26, 2018

Breathtaking, poignant, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, lovely!

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JReynolds9
Jul 22, 2018

This book was amazing at first I didn’t think I was going to like it but at the end I had grown so attached to the characters that I cried because of how it ended. Definitely worth the read if you relate in any way to this book!

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jennyzee_81
Jun 10, 2018

This is an amazing book. I connected with the characters from page 1. An amazing story line to keep you needing to turn the page! I would definitely recommend this wonderful book!

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MamaDaisy
Nov 01, 2019

''He just found that other world'' --Violet Markey

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night_shadow_8
May 15, 2019

"It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love." - Theodore Finch

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night_shadow_8
Mar 24, 2019

"Let me ask you something. Do you think there's such a thing as a perfect day?" - Theodore Finch

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Pipsqueak4310
Jan 22, 2017

"May your eye go to the Sun, To the wind your soul.... You are all the colors in one, at full brightness."

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giraffes714
Aug 13, 2016

Sorry wastes time. You have to live your life like you'll never be sorry. It's easier just to do the right thing from the start so there's nothing to apologize for.

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giraffes714
Aug 12, 2016

Sometimes there's beauty in the tough words - it's all in how you read them.

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giraffes714
Aug 12, 2016

The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.

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giraffes714
Aug 12, 2016

You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.

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Julia_Kh
Jul 06, 2016

"It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love"

JCLChrisK Dec 31, 2015

It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.

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Helen101
Nov 29, 2018

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xjfx
Oct 13, 2018

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yellow_sparrow_24
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Sep 24, 2017

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Jun 22, 2015

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Goodtimepoet
Jun 23, 2015

This book is about a boy names Finch and a girl names Violet.

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AletaLindsey Mar 16, 2015

Other: Could be triggering- suicidal thoughts

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