All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places follows two teens who are wondering, “Should I stay or should I go?” Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet when they are on the bell tower at school, each contemplating suicide. Finch is constantly bullied by other students and his father, and Violet is reeling from the untimely death of her sister. After saving each other’s lives, they pair up for a social studies project where they have to discover the Natural Wonders of Indiana.
Although from different social strata, Violet is a popular cheerleader and Finch is a manic outsider, they find that it’s only with each other that they can be themselves. Their sweet romance helps Violet begin the healing process, but Finch’s bi-polar issues are a more challenging issue. In alternating chapters they tell their love story, revealing the complex thought processes of two engaging teens.
All the Bright Places, soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning, will appeal to fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell or anyone looking for a quirky love story.
Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction (2015)
Knopf, Jan 6, 2015. 400 pages. HS.
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