All The Bright Places Book Summary

Hey guys! I’m going to be talking about All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. All the Bright Places is about two main characters. First, we have Violet Markey, and her sister has recently died in an accident, and she’s struggling with coming to terms with the whole thing. She was devastated about it. And then we have Theodore Finch, and he got a bit of difficult home life. All The Bright Places Book Summary begins here:

All The Bright Places Book Summary Beginning

He is suffering from depression, has suicidal thoughts, and the two of these characters meet on top of the school bell tower. And Theodore Finch, commonly known as Finch, is talking Violet out of jumping off the building. So, this story is about these two characters and how they grow both individually and together and their impact on others’ lives. (all the bright places chapter summary)

It is just a beautiful and poignant book, and – thinking about it now is hard. This book deals with some severe topics, and I think these things are pretty essential to be discussed. There’s a lot about mental health issues, including depression, suicide, anxiety. I found that these things were portrayed well, and after finishing this book, I found out that Jennifer Niven herself experienced a lot of what happens in this book when she was younger. And to be quite honest, I wasn’t too surprised to hear this because just how everything is dealt with, you can tell that it comes from a real place; it feels so genuine.

All The Bright Places Quotes

“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

all the bright places book summary

So even though there is a lot of this serious subject matter, this book does have a lot of positivity behind it as well. It has plenty of lightheartedness and humor. I also loved the aspect of exploration because the two characters were paired up in a US geography class, and the project they have to do involves going around to three different wonders of their state. Going to other places throughout the state that are interesting, a bit strange, unique, and documenting that experience, and I loved this fact.

It made me feel like I saw enough of the world around me, particularly nearby. It’s made me feel like I need to find all of these quirky places near me, but I have no idea exists. In addition to that, I also read this book right before The Bookshop Book. So, this combination made me want to explore and find exciting bookstores. This book also wrote from dual points of view, and I think this was executed wonderfully. I found that the two main characters had quite distinct voices, and I was never really confused between the two. And I also really liked having this written with dual perspectives because both characters have pretty different journeys, particularly in terms of their character development.

These two grow as individuals but also together as their friendship flourishes. But it was nice to see the rate at which each of them was progressing, dealing with all of the things that were happening with their lives. And getting a little more specific about the characters; First of all, Finch, I found that he was a fascinating character; he’s a quirky one. And he does this thing where he adopts a persona; he becomes a slightly different version of himself, I guess. Deep down, he is the same Finch, but he dresses differently, speaks slightly differently, and acts differently. He does certain things that he might not have done when he was a different version of himself. And I thought that this made things quite interesting as well.

All The Bright Places Book Summary Climax

I just loved his wit and him. I did love him. While I liked Violet’s character, I wasn’t quite as captivated as I was with Finch. I think just because Finch with such a unique character. I was drawn in by him. But that doesn’t in any way mean that I was not too fond of Violet. I appreciated her growth as a person. Just trying to deal with everything, and taking everything in, and changing her attitude about things. I think that did well. The thing that made this book for me, though, I think, was how it just snuck up on me. I read about the first half of the book, and I enjoyed it.

All The Bright Places Book Genre

The Genre of this novel is Young adult fiction.

I didn’t have any problems with it, but I was just kind of along for the ride. But somewhere during this time, the book just grabbed my heart. It held it in its clutches, and it waited and waited. And it wasn’t until just after I realized that it did have my heart in its grasp that it crushed it. It crushed my heart. It honestly just kind of clicked one moment that this was a fantastic book. There were times when I physically couldn’t continue reading. I had to stop. I couldn’t continue any longer.

All The Bright Places Book Summary Ending

But it was worth it. This book was just so beautiful, and I have recommended this to quite a few of my friends so far, and most of them have already picked this book up. One, in particular, we still talk about weeks after having read it, and each time we get choked up. The fact that this has left such an impact on me, and I keep thinking about it time and time again, that’s one of the main reasons why I love this book so much.

Before I wrap this up, though, there’s one more thing that I wanted to include that I found out after finishing this book. So, within the story, Violet creates this online magazine called Germ Magazine. It’s kind of about love, life, literature, and more. But what was cool that I discovered is that Jennifer Niven has brought this to life. There is a real Germ magazine that you can go to and have a read-through. Check out all these articles, so I will leave a link below if you are interested. I thought this was just an extra, exceptional touch that made me appreciate it just that little bit more. So that is my review of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

All the Bright Places Book Review

I gave this one a five out of five stars. I also want to thank Penguin Australia for sending a copy of this book my way. Thank you so, so much. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to read this book. It was beautiful. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions down in the comment section below if you have read this book. All The Bright Places Summary Ending

All The Bright Places Book Characters

  • Violet Markey
  • Theodore Finch
  • Eleanor Markey
  • Amanda Monk
  • Ryan Cross
  • Mr. Embry
  • Mr. and Mrs. Markey

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