Book Review: All the Bright Places


Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Published: January 6th, 2015

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

My Rating: ☆   ☆   ☆   ☆ . 5 /5

“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.”


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.


Hands down to one of the best book that I’ve read.  There are parts of the book that I don’t like (valid reasons) but sometimes, small things don’t matter… or do they?

I like how it pictures mental illness but I don’t like how the characters embodied the mental illness. I mean, sure, maybe this written work will help end the stigma about mental illness, but I really don’t like how people put mental illness inside a person, kind of awkward.

With that exception, the book is one of the best and I’m in love. The ending, I can’t even talk about it. A must-read book and a soon to be movie that I am currently waiting.

What’s your view about this book?

About The Author

45592By the time I was ten, I had already written numerous songs, a poem for Parker Stevenson (“If there were a Miss America for men, You would surely win”), two autobiographies (All About Me and My Life in Indiana: I Will Never Be Happy Again), a Christmas story, several picture books (which I illustrated myself) featuring the Doodle Bugs from Outer Space, a play about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister entitled Blindness Strikes Mary, a series of prison mysteries, a collection of short stories featuring me as the main character (an internationally famous rock star detective), and a partially finished novel about Vietnam. I was also an excellent speller from a very early age.

In 2000, I started writing full-time, and I haven’t stopped… I’ve written nine books (#9 will be out Oct 4, 2016), and when I’m not working on the tenth, I’m writing the screenplay for All the Bright Places, contributing to my web magazine, Germ (, thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. I am always writing.


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