All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is the story of Theodore Finch, a boy fascinated with death and the ways he could die, and Violet Markey, a girl struggling to live after the death of her sister. Finch and Violet meet on the school bell tower, both thinking of jumping, but neither making the fatal choice. The two grow to be friends, and eventually something more, but as Violet starts to truly live, Finch closes off.
This book destroyed me. I went into this expecting a mildly heart-jerking story, but I will never forget the lessons Niven has woven into her story about life and death, and how one person can be the fulcrum of your whole world.
I think that since there is sort of a screen of mystery surrounding mental health and suicide, this book addressed certain problems in an informative way. I liked how Jennifer Niven wove the mental health facts into the story by showing how Finch and Violet felt instead of just by stating facts about the problems. Sometimes we have trouble helping with people who have mental health issues because we don’t know how they feel, and this book really delved deep into those feelings of self-loss and overall missing-ness (I know those aren’t words).
I also didn’t expect to become so attached to Violet and Finch. I want what they had fleetingly. I want someone who gets me, no strings. They were really brought to life in a fantastic way, and I give All the Bright Places a 5/5.
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