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All the Bright Places

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  471,442 ratings  ·  44,308 reviews
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
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.
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Knopf
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell It's pretty similar to FAULT IN OUR STARS. Two teens meet by happenstance. Both are so quirky and contrived it hurts. They connect over a work of pret…moreIt's pretty similar to FAULT IN OUR STARS. Two teens meet by happenstance. Both are so quirky and contrived it hurts. They connect over a work of pretentious literature (Virginia Woolf in this case), which they proceed to quote at each other throughout the whole book. Both try to make a serious illness lighthearted, but whereas Green manages to somewhat capture the closeness of the cancer community, Finch is relentlessly bullied for his mental illness -- without consequence. (There's this disgusting scene with the school paper, where his school prints an article called "Students most likely to commit suicide..." or something like that. Goes unpunished, nobody talks about why it's wrong.) I also didn't like how suicide and suicidality is painted as this reckless, romantic, brave "I'll show you"-type thing, because that's not how it is at all. The ending...well, you can see it coming. At least I did. In my opinion, TFIOS and AtBP are pretty similar, except one's a washed out copy of the other. I'm so tired of this Neo-Byronic bullcrap where every Tom, Dick, and Harry love interest in YA/NA has to have some deep-seated (and ill-portrayed) issue.(less)
Susan Yes, received and have read this amazing story. I fell in love with Finch myself. His patience for Violet and his attention to detail throughout the s…moreYes, received and have read this amazing story. I fell in love with Finch myself. His patience for Violet and his attention to detail throughout the story will be remembered. This story will stay with me for a long time. I hope that it's message will reverberate with many teens on both sides of the black hole.(less)
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Jr Bacdayan
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fuck. I’m a glorified classics guy but what the hell happened here. I cried. Fuck. I rarely go for YA trust me; I’m a condescending jackass who’s read one too many books. Usually I never even touch these kinds of sappy stuff, I basically hate the genre. I don’t like John Green. Fuck the Fault In Our Stars overrated sack of shit. But I don’t know why this book got through to me. For one thing, it doesn’t condescend, it doesn’t sound corny, it doesn’t try too hard. The thing about adults writing Y ...more
Emily May
Jan 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Hmm, so there's a girl whose name is a colour (Violet) and a boy whose name makes him sound like he burst from the pages of a Dickens' novel (Theodore Finch) and they're both super quirky, intelligent and know the names of a bunch of dead poets. Then there's that whole death thing hanging over this novel... why does it feel like I've read this before?


Oh, right.

Okay... so don't you just hate it when reviewers try to tell you what you should or shouldn't read? And they make universal stateme
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned

Full review here:

I don't even know what to say... I'm sure the words will come, and at that point I'll try to film a review. But for now I'll just think about a million and one things.
My gosh <3

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ben Alderson
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Seeing other people's reviews on this book that I really trust made me realise a lot of things that I don't really agree with. Right at the time I was reading this, I felt like I could really relate to the main characters and their depression and I think that's why I thought I loved it so much and why I somehow overlooked some really concerning things. It's kind of written in a way that the characters are nothing but their illnesses, if that makes any sense. It felt like there was nothing else t ...more
Reading is an interesting thing.

When I was around 17, I was just getting back into it. I’d spent the later part of my middle school years and the beginning part of my high school ones not reading much at all. This is due to my being deep in long-term tests of a very forced and inauthentic persona, in playing a version of myself who was just way too cool to do all those totally lame things like read, or try in school, or be an even remotely pleasant or interesting person.

It was neither convincing
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$1.99 on Kindle US 1/28/18

This is one of the best books I have ever read. I'm going to say a lot of personal things on here then go on with the review which will include spoilers, but I will put up the spoiler alert before I do. I also want to add some quotes from the book and the author's note at the end.

This book is about teen suicide and bullying. But, it's also about some wonderful people, happy moments and a bit of crazy-wonderful.

When I was young I was bullied in school most of my life.
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away. You can’t stop yourself from going away either. I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping.”

I honestly don’t know how I’m supposed to write a review about this book.
It made me so damn sad that I feel whatever I say, it just won’t be enough.
It wil
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Jan 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, contemporary, ya
Updated- 2015-07-02
This book has been bothering me for a while in all honesty. I thought I loved it when I first read it, I really did, but honestly I think I was caught up in all the hype. What Raeleen (padfootandprongs07 on YouTube) said has really stuck with me: the characters become their illness. And while depression really is all consuming and can make you feel like you're made up of not molecules but sadness, I feel that a book about depression should show that there is more to people tha
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
‘sometimes theres beauty in the tough words - its all in how you read them.’

i dont think a quote from a book has ever described its own story so perfectly. this is a tough one to get through, but living in the heartbreaking words is a touch of something so lovely, so precious.

ive noticed my feelings regarding this book have slightly changed the second time around, but there is one thing that has stayed the same. and that is how this story demands to be felt. its a kind of rawness and pure
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
very very sad but extremely beautiful
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
First things first. In the blurb of this book it says..The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park. That should go. I liked both those books in their own right. This book should and does stand on it's own. It's better than that.

This review may go all spoilery and too much personal information. Be warned.
My writing of reviews have been said to be Awkward..fuck that. I'm going all in on this one. If I can get one person that needs to read this book to read it through my's worth it.

Darth J
Jan 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointing

Where to begin? I heard great things about this but I should have stayed away.

I feel like she only really existed here to be the emotional component of this book. She's used as a prop mostly and a prize, yet I never saw her as having any personality beyond just being a sounding board. There is plenty of woe is me/my sister died so I use that as an excuse to hide from life from this character. She just felt insubstantial to me, her only purpose being to tell the readers about the emotional
Wendy Darling
I think this may end up being a DNF for me; consider this a prelimary reaction as I put it on hold. I've only read a few chapters so far, but I'm struggling with the quirky/cute style married with a subject as serious as suicide. I mean, are we going to see self-mutilation or child abuse or domestic violence or homophobia painted with cotton candy colors next? This is one of those set-ups (girl meets boy as they're both standing on a ledge contemplating suicide, rat-a-tat precocious-funny dialog ...more

This is my secret---that any moment I might fly away.

Somehow I think 5 stars aren’t enough for such an ultra-remarkey-able book; if I can, I’ll definitely give it as many stars as those shining in the entire universe because All The Bright Places deserves them all, seriously.

For starters, I actually like the way Theodore Finch met Violet Markey---on the ledge six stories above the ground at the Bell Tower in their high school on a rainy day---it's a rather beautiful encounter for me.
Charlotte May
“My beloved boat
is broken on the rocks of daily life.
I’ve paid my debts
and no longer need to count
pains I’ve suffered at the hands of others.
The misfortunes and the insults.
Good luck to those who remain.”

I was not prepared for this emotional upheaval! A damn good YA contemporary that deals with the complex issues around suicide. It is something that so many of us have dealt with first hand, I myself know two people who have committed suicide before I’ve even turned 25.

“We are all alone,
2.5 stars

I would rate Jennifer Niven's author note five stars if I could. We need more books about mental illness; authors should strive to tackle uncomfortable subjects like abuse, suicide, and bipolar disorder. While Niven's intentions come across as meaningful and good, her delivery through her first YA novel, All the Bright Places, falls short. Some reasons why:

1: These characters have QftSoQ (Quirkiness for the Sake of Quirkiness) syndrome. They - in particular, Finch - read as caricatures
Ugh. Just, no. Mental illness is not a cute little quirk. It isn't something that kickstarts a misfit, high school romance. It is not something that automatically makes you more witty, or intelligent, or really all that different from your peers. It isn't at all what is portrayed in this book. Niven's intentions may be wonderful, and she is right that we need more books about mental health and illness. But this makes a mockery of it. Please, YA authors, don't touch this topic unless you know wha ...more
Brian Yahn
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All the Bright Places is the story of how Theodore Finch and Ultraviolet are brought together by death--which would be gloomy, except the two personalities bloom, becoming something beautiful, as their wondrous adventures bring them closer together. Jennifer Niven takes a girl meets boy story, sets it in the dull landscape of Indiana, and turns it into a Seussical wonderworld with these extraordinarily conflicted characters.

Saying their journey is a rollercoaster would be an understatement. It's
Sarah Churchill
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then you find a book that not only makes you think, but changes the way you look at the world. 'All the Bright Places', in all its clever, poetic and honest beauty is one of those books. It will stay with me, forever. ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
***1 star, because I am not allowed to give this ZERO stars***

from here on
"Is today a good day to die?"

Ugh. Hate at first sentence right there.

I am surprised it took me so long to review this book, because I HATE IT WITH ALL MY BEING. (read it in 2015, reviewed it in 2019). I've honestly never been so revolted by a book, and I may have ranted about it every. single. chance. I got. Except here, apparently. 😂

I have so many issues with it, so here we go:

1. It glorifies suicide. Jennifer
“You make me lovely, and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.”

Well, my heart has been butchered again. But, I can’t complain because I chose to reread it.
I woke up in a state of mourning. This is what this book was. It was honest and raw about mental health, parental neglect, lack of understanding about the topic in schools and society as a whole.

Jennifer Niven did an amazing job showcasing all of this and I felt so deeply connected to the characters and their struggles.
This book
Whitney Atkinson
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't even scramble my thoughts together for a review. Unrealistic and incredibly irritating. None of the characters' actions made sense. The only time I liked the story is whenever Theo's depression (????) was triggered and he became aloof and dissociated, because that was more tolerable than his annoying antics leading Violet on and perpetuating this "Theodore Freak" label at school. As a reader, I feel really guilty that the only parts of this book that I enjoyed were the parts that the cha ...more
demi. ♡
❥ 5 / 5 stars

“No longer rooted, but gold, flowing.”

Throughout the book, there were so many clues leading to what I did not want it to happen the most in the story and I tried, tried, and tried to ignore all of them, wishing that maybe this book would not be so cruel to me and there was still hope that the incident like this would not happen in the book.

But unfortunately, as I had already presumed for some time, my wishes did not come true. And that, if I’m being honest, completely ripped my
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!


This year instead of having New Years resolutions I won’t keep, I decided to make book goals and one of those goals was to read more YA. 25 is my goal for the year. This was the first on my list this year and it blew me away! For real, I had ALL THE FEELS while reading this. Powerful, memorable, smart, funny, sad, real… this book was completely authentic and moving.


There were so many ‘quotable’ things in this book. I just want to talk about the story so much but I went in blind and l
Ahmad Sharabiani
All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are two teenagers who want to escape from their small Indiana town. Violet is a popular girl who's secretly dealing with survivor's remorse, and Finch is a boy obsessed with death, labelled a freak by other students. Fate brought the two together when both climbed the bell tower at school at the same time, planning to jump off the ledge. Finch is surprised that Violet is up there because she's a popular school cheerleader. But
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

"He smiles out at the ugly trees and the ugly farmland and the ugly kids as if he can see Oz. As if he can really, truly see the beauty that's there. In that moment I wish I could see it through his eyes. I wish he had glasses to give me."

Can someone give me their glasses too, because I can't see it. I don't see the appeal. I don't see what inspired thousands of reviewers to post sobbing gifs, and those that disliked The Fault in Our Stars to tote it as amazeballs when it's the exac
TRIGGER WARNINGS: abuse, depression, in depth descriptions of suicide, suicide, death, anxiety

I went in knowing I'd hate this. I know it romanticises depression and suicide. I know these characters were nothing but their personality but I wanted to personally know. Also, a bunch of people in this Facebook group I'm in kept recommending this and I wanted a leg to stand on when I say "hey this book is actually really problematic, stop recommending it".

I shouldn't have wasted my time. It got to t
Dannii Elle
I am broken...

Contemporary is a genre I read little of and reread even less. When I do delve into the genre it is one of two things that grab my attention in it - boarding/private schools and a discourse on mental health. This covers the latter in the most heart-wrenching, harrowing, and important of story-lines. I am off to watch the movie adaptation and cry some more, now.
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Jennifer Niven is the Emmy Award-winning #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of ten books, including All the Bright Places and Holding up the Universe. Her books have been translated in over 75 languages, and All the Bright Places has won literary awards around the world, including the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2015. It was named a Best Book of the Y ...more

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