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Book Review – All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Genre: YA
Pages: 378
Published: January 6, 2015
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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


When I found out about this book on some book review site I’ve come across to, it instantly got my attention because I find the book cover too cute. Without reading the book preview, I immediately acquired a copy of it. Haha I know what you’re thinking, and yeah, I still haven’t learned my lesson about book covers 😛 But because of some unavoidable circumstances and changeable mood, it’s just now that I finally able to read it, which actually not my first choice at all (sorry). I was so “into”reading Adult Romance stories that I think I might visit the mental hospital if I can’t read one soon, so to bring back my sanity, I decided to divert my interest and read other books that isn’t Adult Romance. I’ve planned reading some MHC and those lesson-induced books but my mood wouldn’t let me. After third try, I finally decided to read this book and test my luck, and woolah!

While reading this book, I have to admit that I am “somewhat” waiting when will this book would make me stop reading it, or if I will able to finish it on time. But deym! This book really surprises me because it made me divert my attention and just focus in it. It may not be one of those books that will make me stay awake at night until I was able to finish it, but it sure catches my attention and made me cry. Yeah, you read it right, this story did made me cry, and thinking about it still makes my eyes water, huhu.

“I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257-foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person.”

I can’t say that this story started boring, but I can’t also say it wasn’t, but one thing for sure, this story is so well written. I was also surprised because it started with a male POV, and I keep checking if I’ve got the right book because it was written by a female author. I actually did a little research and really confirmed that I have a legit copy lol, I guess it’s also the reason why I was able to continue reading this story until I finally able to grasp what this story is all about. On its first few chapters, all I could think of is that it made me feel refreshed and reminds me of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. Eventhough, I still don’t know if it’s going to be a romance story, I still feel refreshed reading it for it’s quite different to the previous “intense” Adult Romance books I’ve read. But as I proceed, I noticed this grave topic that most of us tried to avoid, and that is death. I’ve read about the male lead talking about some ways to die but I just brushed it off because I thought it’s just a stupid thought on his part, but deym! I was so wrong. So those refreshed feeling that I’ve felt reading those first few chapters instantly disappeared and I became cautious for I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I really don’t want to be a bummer but I need to release this hollow thing that I am feeling right now, so please bear with me 😉

When I am already on the part where the two main leads named, Violet and Theodore (or also known as Finch), became girlfriend and boyfriend, I was really happy so I put my guard down. I’ve made some assumptions that maybe this time Finch will change his mind and finally change himself for Violet, but deym! I was attacked by this sudden change of events which left me heartbroken, which until now I can’t will myself to put myself back and pick up the pieces. It even reminded me on what I felt when I read Jojo Moye’s Me Before You. Deym! I have two or three guesses but none of them happened, it just simply proves that Jennifer Niven didn’t just created a well-written story but an unpredictable one.

“She is oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. The same elements that are inside the rest of us, but I can’t help thinking she’s more than that and she’s got other elements going on that no one’s ever heard of, ones that make her stand apart from everybody else.”

The story’s plot is really so realistic and is a perfect book to read by all of us especially the millennials. It made me understand some of the reason why there’s some people in this world chose to end their lives, when someone didn’t even got the chance to live long enough because of accident or because of illness. I have to say that I’ve got really no clue about this Bipolar Disorder that is being mentioned in this story, though I know it somewhat exists, I just plainly don’t know what it’ll do to a person, so I was so narrow minded about this suicidal thing. But reading this book made me understand about it and value other’s and my life more.

“You make me love you,
And that could be the greatest thing my heart was ever fit to do..”

This book only have a handful of characters so you’ll absolutely can keep track of them easily. I don’t have any issues with the characters, no violent reactions and no hated characters. All of them portrayed their roles so well, and even if the author is a girl, I love that all of the characters sounded like a real person, I mean, the guy sounded like a guy and not gay. For Finch, I really didn’t thought that he has some disorder, I thought he’s just plainly weird. Half of the book he acted weird but normal to me, until the issue about his disorder came to question. I love that even if he is struggling with his disorder, he’s witty, funny and full of humor. I really love his character, I love that even I find it really creepy and quite hilarious when he mentioned on some of those ways to die, he was able to influence Violet and let her be alive again after her sister’s death. Even if he’s struggling with his “illness” he was still able to make something for someone special to him. Oh my, I think I’m gonna cry again huhu.

“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”

Violet on the other hand, even if she doesn’t know it, is a tough girl. Even after what happens, her sister’s death and her boyfriend’s death, he chose to see the good sides and even if it’s too hard, he chose to live. I really can’t imagine what I would do if I’ll be in her position, so I really salute Violet’s character and the author for making her and Finch.

This story is not your typical love story, most people compare it to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green because of its tragic ending, but for me, there’s no other book I could ever compare it with (well, that’s base on those books that I’ve read so far *wink). You might be wondering where the remaining star is? Well, my reason is quite petty so please don’t make my ratings change your mind about reading this book. My reason why I only gave 4-stars rating is plainly because of how it started; I felt neutral about it so I’m not really sure if I love it, or if it bore me. The ending was quite sad, but I can’t think of anything on how it’s gonna be so I guess it was fine.

“It’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

This story might not be able to get my five-star rating, but it’s sure one of those books that I will forever remember. Read this book and find out why, and if you do, please come back and let’s cry together *wink

*and oh, I’ve got those lines I love from this book all compiled here.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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