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.
Theodores Finch is always thinking of different way to kill himself, and something always stops him. One day, on top of a Bell Tower, Finch meets Violet Markley. She is still grieving over her older sisters death, and is desperately trying a way to stay afloat in her nightmare. Somehow, both of the protagonists manage to get each other down from the Bell Tower, and start to find comfort in each other. When they both get paired up in a school project, to discover the wonders of Indiana: they grow even closer.
Finch has slowly prised open Violets views of the world; and she starts to develop into the butterfly she has been waiting to be again. But- what is really going on with Finch: that boy that Violet is starting to fall for?
I cannot express my endearment for this book: every page was a work of astounding art. I was enraptured from the beginning to the end; simply amazed by the magical way that Jennifer Niven writes. The friendship of Violet and Finch was executed perfectly- with a sprinkle of lust and humour entwined in it. Teenage attitudes in general were portrayed excellently; as a lot of the characters were extremely relatable. Beautiful descriptions of the two characters wonderings made me feel like I was completing the school project with them. Niven also shows many different family structures in, ‘All The Bright Places-‘ and hits them spot on.
I loved how Jennifer Niven easily erased the stigma around mental illness, and stopping societies distorted and unrealistic views of it. I adored the diversity of the characters, the plot was weaved with certainty, and the writing was top notch. I rate this book 5/5 hoots, as it is easily in my top five favourite books: and it will be sticking in my mind for a long time!