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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might die, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

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

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground—it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising—just like life.

Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a bold, funny, live-out-loud guy, who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and starts living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is a heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, life lived, and two teens who find one another while standing on the edge.

This book had been on my shelf for a long time! I got it as part of the Zoella book club. I hadn’t gotten around to picking it up, but I am so glad I finally did! I have so many good things to say about this book, it touched me so much!

Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, where they are both considering jumping? Or perhaps seeing what toying with the idea might feel like?
Finch talks Violet off of the ledge, then he climbs off himself.
After a bit of pushing from Finch the two pair up for a school project, where they are meant to discover things in their own state, they start a ‘wander’ project.
It seems like opposites attract for the two after a while.

While Violet is counting the days until graduation, Finch counts his “Awake” days, this I think allows the reader to discover that Finch very possibly has a mental illness, depression possibly.

I really loved Finch! He’s the perfect mix of funny, smart, quirky and awkward. To some, including Violet who gets to know him very well, he seems bigger than life. To others he’s a freak they live to taunt. But underneath is a very troubled young man, dealing with a lot of problems.
Violet suffered her own tragedy when she lost her sister and is just trying to get through each day. Finch brings some of the old Violet back and helps her deal with her healing, He helps her feel things, do things, and see things she never thought she could do again.

The story is told from both Violet and Finch’s POV, switching the two POV’s between chapters.
A lot of important subjects are addressed, Jennifer handled these subject so well! She did a great job of bringing more awareness to social media issues, abuse, sex, bullying, death, suicide etc. (Some of these might be triggers for some people! Just a warning!)
Things that we all need to be more aware of and that sometimes books skim over, but Everything was handled so well.

When I read the front of the book, I read that it was the next ‘The Fault In Our Star’ so of course I had a hint of what might happen, and that it was going to be sad, but oh goodness, I didn’t expect that ending! It caught me really off guard, many tears were shed!

The book was written really well, in a way that flowed so well and made it very easy to read! I just couldn’t put it down!

I highly recommend this book, if it’s something you think that you would like.

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