Jennifer Niven

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By 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

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Dear Theodore Finch: Thank you for you. For the wanderings and...

Dear Theodore Finch: Thank you for you. For the wanderings and the offerings and for all you left behind. Thank you for bringing me spring, not just once but many, many times. For making me lovely, always. For being a bright place. Because of you, I’m forever changed. My life is forever changed. I’m so honored I had the chance to love you. Happy Birthday! Love, Violet

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" Mironiel wrote: "*heavy breathing* I will so definitely be pre-ordering this book."

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“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
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“The thing I realize is, that it's not what you take, it's what you leave.”
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“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
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“To my mind there is nothing so beautiful or so provocative as a secondhand book store...To me it is astonishing and miraculous to think that any one of us can poke among the stalls for something to read overnight--and that this something may be the sum of a lifetime of sweat, tears, and genius that some poor, struggling, blessed fellow expended trying to teach us the truth.”
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“I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.”
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“Sit down every day and DO IT. Writing is a self-taught craft; the more you work at it, the more skilled you become. And when you're not writing, READ.”
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Pratyusha Bhaskar Hello Jennifer! I just wanted to say, I finished Holding Up the Universe in one sitting and I loved it! I read ATBP and this one less than a month after releasing and I love you!! Your writing is absolutely beautiful. Please keep writing. You are a beautiful person!

Victoria Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I work at a public library and we are doing a book discussion on your book! I was wondering if you would be able to do a skype with our group? I loved your book and cant wait for our group to read it and be in love with it too! Have a great day or night!:) p.s sorry for all of the exclamation marks...I'm just so excited!

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Steph Thank you for the accepting my friend request. This has been the hardest year for me and my family. I lost my husband to suicide.
This book was therapeutic for my life journey. I felt exactly like
Violet at the end. All those questions of " what ifs" and "what did
I do" or "could've done" was me this year. I love the ending of finding
all of Finch's letters. JUST PERFECT!!! Thank for an AMAZING book.
I can't say it enough... THANK YOU!!! Steph

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