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All The Bright Places

All the Bright Places


Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Published: January 8, 2015

Publisher: Penguin

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 388 pages 

More info: Amazon, TBD and etc.


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.Image result for add to goodreads

 INITIAL THOUGHTS: Well, this was a very hyped book and I do am curious to see if it leads up to the expectation. I did despise Holding Up The Universe that was written by the same author but I’m giving her a chance. I heard so much about this book so I brought some tissues with me.

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THOUGHTS: I AM BROKEN. Trigger warning! (there are sensitive subjects that are very detailed in this book). Yes, I read My Heart and Other Black Holes first and watched Me Before You so while I was reading, I kept comparing all three books. The plot and subject of the story isn’t out of the ordinary (and again, similar to MHaOBH). It deals with suicide, mental illness, abuse and all those heavy matters that are hard to handle because they are all very sensitive subjects. The author was able to layout and present the facts and the plot she created rather well than in Holding Up The Universe. The style or writing is very clean but compelling. Violet holds as the most important character to me and in the end of the book I understand why the author made her that way. Sweet Theodore is my favorite guy in the contemporary world and it was surprising to see the different changes in his character.
The romance between the two sold me right away! Halfway through the book, things got a little bit more predictable. And its predictability made it more heartbreaking. A small part of me kept holding on the thought that the author wouldn’t go in that direction. But I was wrong. Very wrong indeed. I do like the way it ended even though, I expected and hoped a different one. It was the kind of ending that keeps you holding in your tears until you explode and they just start gushing out on their own (I cried a river for this).
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FINAL THOUGHTS: There were so many literary, poetic and quotable moments in this book. It showed the reality that is happening in society where students (even parents) are ashamed of opening up or letting others know about their mental illness, depression and etc. Acceptance is key and never be afraid to seek help. You are not alone. I recommend this to everyone who can read. 

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       Yes, I did praise this book a lot but I’m not giving it five stars 😨 I don’t know but it just feels like a 4.5 and not a full 5. The emotions were very strong though and the characters were easy to love. I sobbed so hard (with hiccups once in a while) because of this book. Happy Holidays again! I heard people at Australia have Boxing Day? 😂 Thank you for reading this post. Stay awesome!

6 thoughts on “All The Bright Places

  1. I feel like I really should read this book as it has been the subject of so much discussion in the bookish community. BUT I know how it ends and I just don’t know whether I can put myself through it. This is especially dumb because I read sad books all the time.

    Thanks for the great review. I am probably too much of a wimp to read this book.

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    1. Omg yes! It was super scary while reading the latter parts of the book. Yes, my heart is crushed and I will never love a character as much I loved Finch’s. It’s so crazy how this ended. I really want a happy ending T-T

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