The first half of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven has been a roller coaster of emotions, and I couldn’t be happier. The book is split into two different perspectives which I have found that a lot of my favorite books are formatted this way. The first perspective is Finch a 17 year old boy who is very complicated, and the other being a popular girl who recently lost her sister and deals with the grief from it who is named Violet. The beginning of the book begins with Finch and Violet standing on a ledge almost killing themselves, however Finch convinces Violet to stay alive. As the story develops so do the characters as the reader is soon able to see why and what led them to wanting to jump off the ledge and end it all.
Without a doubt the characters and how they develop was part of the reason why I don’t want to put this book down to write this. The two are so different when they first meet, however as the book continues the two both are suffering greatly. Violet deals with the loss of her sister and believing that she is the one who caused it. I really enjoyed how the author was able to reveal what caused Violet to go to the ledge by the truth coming out through a license plate that Finch finds and an old website. The way that things are revealed in this book really help the characters develop as they are never truly just put out in the open and the reader has to learn about the characters in order to finally see what they were dealing with. Finch is constantly changing who he is and this shows the reader the pain that he is dealing with (I really don’t want to give anything away so I’m trying to be a tad vague). Overall the development of the characters made me very attached to them and with every little detail that was revealed made me love the story even more than I already did.