Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
If you haven’t read All the Bright Places yet, I highly suggest you do so soon. Jennifer Niven’s novel has a breathtaking plot and marvelous characters that stole my heart, along with toggling between the perspectives of the two main characters – Theodore Finch and Violet Markey – that makes the novel all the more meaningful. I’m at a loss for words to describe the richness of this novel (rating: 5/5, without a doubt!), so instead of doing a review for this one, I decided to list my five favorite quotes from the novel that I hope will capture its beauty.
- “Sometimes when we’re in the darkest places, we find the brightest light.”
- “No longer rooted, but gold, flowing.”
- “We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
- “Sometimes there’s beauty in the tough words – it’s all in how you read them.”
- “You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
All the Bright Places is moving, and much more deep and engaging than I was expecting. I’m hoping Jennifer Niven will be publishing more young adult fiction soon; meanwhile, I’m waiting for the release of the major motion picture based off of the novel, which is set to be released in 2017 featuring Elle Fanning as Violet.
Have you read All the Bright Places? Any quotes you’d like to add? Comment below!