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Book Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

all the bright places

Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
PubDate: 2015

I fell in love with this book the moment I turned the first page. It’s beautiful and I love how Jennifer Niven wrote it. The characters and the story speak to me in a way I can’t explain. It’s perfect and I think I just found my new favorite book! 😀

I am awake again. Day 6.
Is today a good day to die?

For a long time, I just stand there reading, and then I write: Stop being afraid. Stop thinking too much. Fill the holes left behind. Drive again. Write. Breathe.

Finch stands over my shoulder. He is so close, I can feel his breath. He leans forward and adds: Before I die I want to know a perfect day. He steps back, reading it over, and steps forward again. And meet Boy Parade. Before I can say anything, he laughs, rubs it out, and replaces it with: And kiss Violet Markey.

I wait for him to erase this too, but he drops the chalk and brushes the dust off his hands, wiping them on his jeans. He gives me a crooked grin, and then he stares at my mouth. I wait for him to make a move. I tell myself, Just let him try. And then I think, I hope he does, and the thought alone sets off the electric currents and sends them shooting through me. I wonder if kissing Finch would be that different from kissing Ryan. I’ve only kissed a handful of boys in my life, and they were pretty much all the same 
– Violet Markey
He shakes his head. “Not here. Not now.” And then he jogs toward the car. I jog after him, and once we’re inside, and the engine and the music are on, he says, “Before you get any ideas, that doesn’t mean I like you.”
“Why do you keep saying that?”
“Because I see the way you look at me.”
“Oh my God. You are unbelievable.”
He laughs.
I take a good long look at her. I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away. You can’t stop yourself from going away either. I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping. That’s all on me too. But man, I like this girl. 
-Theodore Finch

The Ultraviolet Apocalypse. I thank him, and on my way to the car, I remember the rock, which I’m still holding. I open my palm and there it is, the one he first gave to me, and later I gave to him, and now he has given me back: Your turn.

I’m not sure what to feel about this book but man, it is really good. The story is so real it makes me feel every emotion in me. I love how Finch saved Violet and made her live again even after losing her sister but it’s sad that Violet can’t do anything about how Finch felt. He was just so lost and tired that he chose to end it. It’s also heartbreaking that Finch didn’t find enough reason to hold on even after meeting Violet. 😦

Am I ready to hear what he thought of me? To hear how I let him down? Am I ready to know exactly how much I hurt him and how I could have, should have, saved him, if only I’d paid more attention and read the signs and not opened my big mouth and listened to him and been enough and maybe loved him more?  
-Violet Markey

“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”


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