All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Series Status: Stand Alone

Publisher: Knopf

Page Count: 388

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Oh, wow. This book was incredible. It was funny and sad, heart-warming and heart-breaking, all in one. It was absolutely amazing. I will never be able to fully express my emotions and opinions on this book, it was just great. I know a lot of people complained about this book and said it was extremely similar to The Fault In Our Stars, and I can understand where they are coming from. The melancholy, the melodrama, the tragedy of it all, but I found it to be different in the fact that The Fault In Our Stars dealt with terminal illnesses, but All The Bright Places dealt with mental illnesses. I loved how Jennifer acknowledged that mental illnesses are out there, and she chose to tell a story of kids who had mental illnesses that were not acknowledged, that were overlooked, and the consequences of this tragic mistake that is very often made. It was realistic in that sense. It is one of my favorites, and one of the most eye-opening I have ever read.

I give this novel 5/5 stars and would highly recommend this to fans of contemporary romance.

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