A moment of silence for… All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

I finished this book yesterday, so instead of waiting aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllll the way until Friday for the review, since that’s my usual review day, I decided to post it today.

So yay! Bonus review!

So let’s talk about All The Bright Places!

All the bright places

Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Penguin

Series Status: Standalone

Number of Pages: Β 378

Synopsis

(From back cover. More detailed synopsis on Goodreads)

Theodore Finch wants to take his own life.

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves…

But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

Review

*Sigh* This book.

After finishing, I couldn’t speak for a good few minutes. I just sat in silence, thinking over what just happened.

But let’s start from the beginning…

Because at first I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book. Right off the bat, some of the characters say such selfish comments, and I wanted to throw the book right out the window because what the actual hell? And then there was Finch, who seemed a lot like a John Green pretentious sort of teenager character – can recite poetry and random facts and never quite fits in anywhere because they’re “quirky”.

But ohhhhhh how wrong was I.

For one thing, my thoughts on Finch changed pretty quickly. I found it really interesting to read his chapters, and discover how that mind of his works. There seemed to be almost this air of mystery surrounding him. I wanted to know his past. I wanted to know what he was thinking. And these facts are given out in bite-size pieces, so gradually through the book you fit it all together like a jigsaw. And suddenly…it all clicks.

What I really appreciated about this book is how realistic it seems. I mean, I can’t imagine anyone actually being as spontaneous as some of the characters are in the book, but who knows. The teenage characters had teenage problems – angry parents, worrying about college – that kind of thing. And then there was the way aftermaths were described. How feelings were described. From my own experiences, I could say wholeheartedly that Violet’s reactions were pretty spot on. And with the mental illness aspect broken down and introduced bit by bit, I had no problem understanding what was going on, and even felt enlightened when I finished the book.

I sped through the last half of the novel. It’s hard not to. Especially once I got to this one event, which I did not expect AT ALL. My goodness I didn’t stop reading once I read that.

With this book being so raw and realistic, it’s hard not to be stunned into silence once you finish it.

Rated 4/5 stars!

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33 thoughts on “A moment of silence for… All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

  1. Im sooo glad you gave this book a chance and actually liked it, that makes me really happy πŸ™‚ I agree with everything you said. I love this book so much and I still think about it often! so glad you have finally read and liked it! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks for getting it me for my birthday haha! This could have easily sat on my shelf for a while before I read it, but I made sure to read it quicker because I know how much you love it πŸ™‚

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  2. AHHH THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY SO MUCH AJFDKSALD I loved it from the very first page and squeeee, it was just so suffocatingly beautiful. Finch. <333 But I read it so long ago that I honestly feel DESPERATE for a re-read. *hugs precious book* I'm glad you liked it too!!

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  3. I’ve not read this book, but it sounds great. Nice review (and I like what you did with the post-it notes in the background of your picture!) πŸ™‚

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      1. Haha it’s fine! I was just discussing with someone and we were talking about how finch spoke of times he was in “Sleep” vs. “Awake” and how he counted each day in his POVs. We are trying to figure what he meant by sleep bc he spoke of times where he “sleep” for months and we didn’t know what it meant. :A

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        1. Ahhh right I get what you mean now. Yeah thinking back, I never really questioned that, and I don’t know why because now it seems a bit odd. I feel like it meant he’d just go all emotionless for a while and wouldn’t do anything to interact with the world? But I’m not sure. Maybe he did actually just sleep for a while? I hadn’t thought about it before.

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