All the Bright Places
Now a major film starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith on Netflix.
A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.
Theodore Finch constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself, but each time something good stops him.
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Why read it?
5 authors picked All the Bright Places as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?
For me, All the Bright Places accurately represents the joys and sorrows of life. This book is so full of depth, heart, and incredible characters, when I read it, I forgot it was a book. I was excited for every chapter when Finch and Violet would take me on their adventure. These characters are relatable and true to life. Even if you’ve never been through the situations they have, you can imagine them as kids in your neighborhood, workplace, or school. It is a beautiful and heartbreaking book that I will reread every year and always experience the excitement.
I use a digital sticky note Kanban system to organize everything I do. I have a day job and I write novels, plus I have chores and something that resembles a social life (most of us authors keep to ourselves though). I write almost everything into a note because I am terrified I am going to forget something.
After decades, my system is refined, but even as a teenager I was always writing future-me notes and leaving them on my desk. All the Bright Places takes sticky notes to the next level and it connected with me because…
Jennifer Niven’s writing mesmerizes in this groundbreaking tale about the mental complexities that can bog down the daily lives of teen readers. Her writing handles love, death, and suicide with grace, humor, and heart. If you read this book without ultimately falling in love with the character Theodore Finch, a young man who consistently plots his own suicide and just as consistently has his attempts derailed by the random acts of kindness that seem to spring up all around him, then I’d be as surprised as the millions of viewers on Netflix who made the feature film version of this…
Two teens find each other through the darkness of their depressive states. While Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, Violet tries to keep her eye on the future, after her sister’s death. Together they work to create new meaning in life. Niven has written a heartbreaking love story that is complex and moving. I love the braveness of Niven not caving to the desire to give her story a bright and happy conclusion. Often authors want to end their books with a "happily ever after” ending. Niven has the courage to break our hearts.
All The Bright Places is about a girl who learns she wants to live from a boy who wants to die. I love this book because it digs deeply into the reality of mental illness and how hard one must work when dealing with it. As someone who has depression, I could see myself in the main characters. I could relate to their struggles. And on top of that, it’s a powerful love story. There is a lot to feel with this book, and you will be shattered. But also put back together.
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