All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

Goodreads Book Blurb:

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.

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My Review:

solid, good read:
4/5

This book left me feeling raw and exposed. The emotions are real and difficult and this story is everything I wanted it to be. There are definitely spoilers in this review because it’s almost impossible to talk about this book and this story without spoiling it.

Violet and Finch are both typical teenagers and incredibly unique. They’re written so well I can picture them and see them as real people. It makes you want to try to save everyone and you feel helpless when you can’t step in to change the story.

I felt like I was Finch’s friend and I was letting him down because I couldn’t stop him or change his mind.
There are so many stories about depression and suicide but this is one of the few I’ve read that feels genuine.
Good people do everything they can but sometimes there just isn’t a happy ending. There isn’t a note or an explanation or a good reason. It just happens and everyone else is left to try to make sense of it in whatever way they can. I appreciate how long the story continued afterwards to show the grief and the aftermath.

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