A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.
Soon to be a major film starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith.
Theodore Finch constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself, but each time something good stops him.
Violet Markey exists for the future, counting the days until she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief for her late sister.
When they meet on the ledge of a tower, what might have been their end turns into their beginning.
It's only with Violet that Finch can truly be himself - a funny guy who's able to find the joy in life.
And when Violet's with Finch, she forgets to count away the days and starts to live them.
But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. He's trying to cling on to all the good things in his life, but will it be enough this time?
'If you're looking for the next The Fault in Our Stars, this is it' - Guardian
'This book is amazing - I couldn't put it down' - Zoe Sugg
'A searingly honest and heartbreakingly poignant tale about the power and beauty of love' - Heat
'Sparkling' - Entertainment Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We were bowled over by this young adult novel about two teenagers struggling with mental illness, pain and confusion and looking for reasons to carry on. Though its premise is unequivocally dark—the opening scene involves dual thwarted suicide attempts—All the Bright Places is full of humor, honesty and beauty. Theodore Finch is the school weirdo, a troublemaker with a keen, overactive intellect. Violet Markey is a popular girl who hides her dark thoughts and overwhelming anxieties. A heart-wrenching marvel, Jennifer Niven’s first novel for teens will wow older readers as well.
Seniors Theodore Finch and Violet Markey run into each other on their school bell tower, contemplating what it would be like to jump. It's more dark-cute than meet-cute, which also describes the book. Finch thinks about suicide every day; Violet was happy until her sister died in a car crash. While Finch, aka "Theodore Freak," is a marginal presence in their high school, he's smart and handsome a musician who, readers gradually realize, suffers from undiagnosed manic depression. Violet is equally smart, and as they traverse Indiana for a geography project, looking for "wonders," they flirt, argue, admit dark secrets, and fall in love. In her YA debut, adult author Niven (Velva Jean Learns to Drive) creates a romance so fresh and funny that it seems like it could save Finch; she also makes something she foreshadows from the first line surprising. The journey to, through, and past tragedy is romantic and heartbreaking, as characters and readers confront darkness, joy, and the possibilities and limits of love in the face of mental illness. Ages 14 up.
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Amazing and touching.
In my opinion, dealing with some of the emotions portrayed inside this book and relating to both characters this book truly showed that you might feel alone but others understand and you are not the only one and that it’s ok to talk. Amazing book that really opened up my mind.
The brightest place
I absolutely LOVE this book! One of the very best YA novels I've read in years. Both the characters of Finch and Violet are incredibly well written and relatable. It's a heart wrenching book which will most likely make you laugh and cry, and want everyone you know to read it too.