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All the Bright Places Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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“At the heart – a big one – of “All the Bright Places” lies a charming love story about this unlikely and endearing pair of broken teenagers.”
— New York Times Book Review
“…this heartbreaking love story about two funny, fragile, and wildly damaged high school kids named Violet and Finch is worth reading. Niven is a skillful storyteller who never patronizes her characters – or her audience.”
— Entertainment Weekly
“Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"In her YA debut, adult author Niven creates a romance so fresh and funny. . . The journey to, through, and past tragedy is romantic and heartbreaking, as characters and readers confront darkness, joy, and the possibilities—and limits—of love in the face of mental illness.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The writing in this heartrending novel is fluid, despite the difficult topics… Finch in particular will linger in readers’ minds long after the last page is turned.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Ultimately, the book, with narration that alternates between Finch and Violet, becomes Violet’s story of survival and recovery, affirming the value of loving deeply, grieving openly, and carrying your light forward."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Have The Fault in Our Stars withdrawal? Pick up this heartrending novel about a girl who vows to live with purpose after bonding with a boy who plans to end his own life.”
— SELF Magazine
"It’s touching, vibrant, and an impressively honest depiction of depression."
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
A Miami Herald Best Books for Children 2015
GoodReads Choice Awards 2015 Young Adult Fiction Category Winner
A TIME Top Young Adult Book of 2015
A NPR 2015 Guide to Great Reads Book
Top Customer Reviews
This is a story of a girl saved by the boy who couldn't be saved himself. It's such a beautiful tale. Incredibly honest, gritty, moving and profoundly affecting. Possibly life changing. Probably even life saving.
I want to tell you about the plot. About Theo and Violet. About how they met, how their lives began to intertwine with each other, wrapping themselves around one another and creating the most breathtaking symbiosis of all times. I want to tell you about their feelings - for each other, for their families, for the rest of the world. Their fears and struggles and dreams. Their wandering project, all the places they've visited, all the things they left behind, all the post it notes and their meaning. I do want to tell you about it all, but at the same time I don't. I just can't. You need to experience all that by yourself. This book demands it. There's simply no other way.
To me, this book is perfect. The more I think about it - and I do think about it a lot - the more I understand. The more I understand, the more I appreciate it.Read more ›
I've just finished All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. My eyes are red. There's crumpled up tissue in the trash can. I used it to wipe my eyes. I'm even sniffling as I type.
All the Bright Places reduced me to tears.
It's a bit challenging to write this review for a couple of reasons. First, I don't want to spoil it for you. Second, because I'm still feeling very emotional about it. I am not a weepy person. I read horror and butt-kicking action novels. Books where things go boom. I don't cry at books!
This is a smart, edgy, contemporary YA novel. It's got so much sweetness and sadness that it hurts to read it at times. About halfway through the novel, I took a break and read something else. I knew that there was simply no way that the book didn't contain some sort of heartbreak. And boy did it. Heartbreak upon heartbreak mixed with love and hope.
The story is simply beautiful. And oh, I don't want my daughter to grow up to be one of these teens. And I don't want to be these parents.
When I was a teen, I would have devoured this book. Funny as it seems since he's a guy, Finch is like the Sylvia Plath of a new generation. He burns brightly, but still burns.
I'm drained. I don't think I'll read this book again, simply because I can't take it. But I want everyone I know to read it. And then breathe.
Theodore Finch has been contemplating death and how he might end his own life for years. But whenever he starts to think really hard about killing himself something good, even a small good thing, makes him reconsider. It's hard to stay present and Awake, but once he surfaces Finch is always willing to try.
Violet Markey is counting the days until graduation when she can leave her small Indiana town and the sharp pain of her sister's sudden death behind.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's easy for everyone to believe that Violet saved Finch. But that isn't the truth.
After, when they pair up for a school project to explore the wonders of their state, both Finch and Violet realize they might have found exactly who they need in each other. But while Violet begins to embrace life again, Finch finds himself struggling to stay Awake and in the moment in All the Bright Places (2015) by Jennifer Niven.
All the Bright Places is Niven's first novel written for young adults. It was also optioned for a movie before its official release date.
All the Bright Places is very similar to The Fault in Our Stars both thematically and stylistically. It is also poised to be a defining book of 2015 (and possibly also of whatever year the movie adaptation is released if it moves beyond developmental stages) with its appeal and buzz not to mention critical acclaim in the form of several starred reviews.
It is also worth noting that this book is beautifully packaged with a lot of great details ranging from the cover colors to the post it note motif and even a special message on the spine of the physical book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's such a beautiful, amazing book that made me bawl but it was a great book experience that I would definitely recommend to anyonePublished 2 days ago by Me .
Although this book did not feel 100% real, there were moments that made me feel sad and others that made me feel happy and a few that felt like love. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lindsay M. Coppens
Just an amazing piece. This book is easily the best one I've read in a while. Left me speechless, like no other.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book lovingly covers a very tough subject, the death of someone young. It must become required reading for high school students and parents and anyone who has lost someone... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Rose Moon
Honestly? I didn't like this book. It started off good then eventually I started loving it but the ending was abrupt, rushed and stupid. I just didn't understand. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Prarinthepustakaaley
This author is a very talented writer. Book was good but a little to depressing for me. Overall a good book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Such a fantastic book and so glad I read it. Explores such a prevent issue so many face in a beautiful and romantic way. All should readPublished 10 days ago by Lisa Roberts