YA contemporaries · YA stand alones · Young Adult

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


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.

Photo by Angel Natalie


It started out boring. Studies show that falling in-love with someone you’re with in an adventure is relatively high but I think it was fast forwarded so Finch will fancy Violet that easy. It’s common that a bullied guy always have this crush on a good popular kid in school. So yeah, it was kinda cliche.

Photo by Angel Natalie
Photo by Angel Natalie

The turning point is also common that a guy will act out crazy and use school works just to pair up with a girl. How many times has that been used? Too many to count.

But this story is also unique. Never have I read a guy that’s so diverse in thinking it’s almost crazy. Every act, every word, and every feelings that follows from the bell tower phenomenon is a must read.

Rating: 5/5

—Angel Natalie


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