All The Bright Places

First Half

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.

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  1. Second Half

    9/10 Stars
    In the second half of the book, I found myself falling even more in love with as the imagery, character growth, and suprise ending was brilliant.

    The second half of the book included many adventures that Finch and Violet went on together that was described perfectly. When reading it I felt as if I was there with them every step of the way. In every scene it seemed as if it was a real place, and not just words on a page. As well every place that they visited seemed so believable and like these places really did exist in the small town that the story took place in. The strong imagery didn’t just affect the setting, but thr characters too. When Violet talked about losing her sister it was described so thoroughly that it felt as if I had lost some one. The strong imagery made me love this book, yet also cry several times just do to the emotions that it gave me. The strong imagery helped the characters grow overall.

    The characters started out really well, and just became even better as it went on. Finch grows from this outsider who is unknown to someone that you just can’t help but love and hope that if he was real the ending didn’t happen. Violet grew from this hallow girl who had no reason to live, to a girl who could do whatever she sets her mind to even when she gets hit with some set backs. The author was really good at making the characters believable, and seemed to understand what depression feels like. By not having the characters tell each other every single one of their deepest darkest secrets in the first section of the book it became even more believable. She had the characters sort of get to know each other and trust one another before spilling their secrets which is extremely realistic.

    The characters were not only believable, but so was the whole plot. While there were some holes in it here and there, the story was really good. The idea of two strangers from opposite sides of society meeting and saving each other is really common, yet Niven is able to make it seem so new and fresh. By adding the element of mystery to the story by having little bits of information added here and there makes the reader want to keep turning the page. As well the adventures that the two take are something that a lot of teenagers would take in real life. By Finch also having something so unique with his disorder it adds so much mystery and suspense to the story, as I found myself dying to finish this book just to find out what was happening with him. With the end being almost entirely Violet’s perspective and only giving small little chunks of whats happening to Finch, I rushed through the pages hoping that he would be okay. While I was ultimately hoping that Finch and Violet would end up together, the author made the ending much more believable. She made depression and suicide out to what it really is, instead if romanticizing it like many authors do.

    This book made me realize that you can have a book full of mystery and love and have an unhappy ending while still being an amazing book. I recommend this book to someone who is looking for a book that makes you feel something yet wants a quick read, as is a pretty quick book to read. I also recomment this book to someone who wants to learn a little bit about mental health and how there isn’t always a positive outcome when dealing with it. “All the Bright Places” was an amazing book to read even if I cried a few times while reading it.

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