All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven (Jelisaveta)

Genre : Young Adult



  All The Bright Places  is a story about two young people, faced with many problems that come up with adolescency – unsecurity, a feeling of loneliness, the need to be something special.

Theodor Finch is an eighteen-year-old obsessed with death and suicide. He’s spending most of his time thinking about the ways he could kill himself. But one day everything changed.

Violet Markey is a seventeen-year-old girl, who moved from California with her sister and her parents. When she came, she became popular at school, not just because she is beautiful and smart, but also because she was leading some kind of an e-magazine with her sister. After the accident that happened after the party they both were at, her life is going to change forever.

“She stands a few feet away on the other side of the tower, also out on the ledge, dark-blond hair waving in the breeze, the hem of her skirt blowing up like a parachute. Even though it’s January in Indiana, she is shoeless in tights, a pair of boots in her hand, and staring either at her feet or at the ground – it’s hard to tell. She seems frozen in place.

In my regular, nonpreacher voice I say, as calmly as possible, “Take it from me, the worst thing you can do is look down.””

When seeing her at the school bell tower, Finch decides not to commit a suicide, and he also saves Violet from doing the same thing. The story begins when Finch says he wants to do a project with Violet at the American history class.

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

So, this story is something people of all age should read – from teenagers to their parents. The story itself is about the problems that are appearing in our teen years and that can be of the extreme importance for the development of a person. Parental relationship with their kids is also one of the most important things in this book. On one side, we can see Violet’s relationship with her parents, and on the other one, we can see Theodor’s relationship with his mother and sister Kate, whose more of a mother to him than his real mother.

Growing up in a family like this one left some deep marks on Finch. He has uncontrolled anger issues and he’s changing his looks and personality very often.

On the other hand, Violet is feeling incredibly guilty for the death of her sister and she’s trying to make up for that, although she knows nothing can be the way it was before.

“It’s okay to laugh, you know. The earth’s not going to split open. You’re not going to hell. Believe me. If there’s a hell, I’ll be there ahead of you, and they’ll be too busy with me to even check you in.”

The language Jennifer Niven is using is very simple and easily understandable, yet full of wonderful quotes that’ll fill your heart with unmeasurable love for both characters and the book. Even though you can’t really relate to the characters because the things that happened to Violet and Finch aren’t the things that usually happen to people that often, we are able to understand them and get in touch with our inner selves and think how would we feel if something like that happened to us.

What you need to understand is that what happens to Finch and Violet can happen to anybody. You should live in the moment and live the life at its fullest. You should use every moment that’s been given to you to do something you love and something that makes you happy, because we don’t know when those moments will be taken away from us.

“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.”

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

Finch is not the first, nor the last one who has problems. All we need to do is to look around ourselves and take a look beneath the mask that’s put there for the rest of the world on the faces of people we’re spending days without even thinking about their problems which they cannot share with anyone.

So, if you don’t know what to read next (or even if you do), put that aside and go to the nearest bookstore and take this book, because it’s going to change the way you look at the world and the people around you. You’ll think about it for a long, long time, feeling something you’ve never felt before. If I could, I would’ve described you, believe me, but words are just not enough.

Just go to the nearest bookstore and take this book. Believe me, you’ll understand everything as soon as you read it.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. 123sarah321 says:

    I’ ve rad this book this week and I didn’t unterstand everything. haha. 😀 I had many problems with Finch, I didn’t know, what to think about him. He does so many crazy things and says so many funny things. I was so confused about him! And I think that the author should have had to put more information about the bipolar disorder in the book, because I did not know that, when you have these disorder, you are most of the time awake. So I did not know, why he wasn’t sleeping.^^

    But all in all I also think that is a great book and many people should read this. My father is also going to read this book, because I recommended it to him and my grandma has also to read it. 😉
    Best regards from Vienna,


    1. Hey, Sarah!

      I think Finch’s unstable character was mainly caused by his bipolar disorder, by the maniatic phase which preceded the phase of depression. And I completely agree with you that the author should have put more information about this disorder. But if you want to know more about it, there is always Google (I did some research by myself after reading the book). Hope this helped a bit. 😊

      I’m really glad that you after all enjoyed the book and spread the word about it. 😄

      Greetings from Serbia,
      Jana xx


      1. 123sarah321 says:

        Yeah, I also had to Google it after reading it! haha 🙂


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