Author: Jennifer Niven
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. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?
Let me take you up a tower and introduce you to two quite remarkable characters, meet Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. They meet under quite, how can I put it – unusual circumstances. But at that very moment everything changes.
All The Bright Places is a beautiful story which really begs to be read, I erm – should have started it a lot earlier than I did. I guess the topic of suicide, whilst intriguing didn’t have a really strong pull on me and I did keep putting it off despite all the rave reviews this book rightfully received.
But don’t let my hesitation stop you from trying it as whist the theme of suicide is never far away, always playing in the back of particularly Theodore’s mind and gets stronger at points it doesn’t ever take over, more an undercurrent to the way the characters are feeling.
Violet is portrayed as the popular girl and the way she acts she more than lives up to the label and I didn’t warm to her straight away. Alone with Theodore she displays a different, more vulnerable side. A side which you can get to like and care about.
Theodore on the other hand I liked right from the off, he showed a great amount of empathy for Violet up at that tower. They had at least both gone up to their first meeting place for the very same reason and I think in more ways than one he saved Violet.
So lets talk about that meeting place, let me take you back to the tower. I keep going back to it because it’s an opening I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I can feel it, see it, sense it – I’m not a fan of heights but I can still feel myself looking over the edge. *shudders* I don’t remember book openings very often but this one has stayed with me as fresh as if I read it yesterday and I doubt I’ll forget it in a hurry. It truly sets the atmosphere for the rest of the story.
Everything is sparked from this point – their meeting, the people who saw them up there, their connection to each other. It all sparked several chains and as the book progresses you can see just how far they’ve come.
Don’t expect All The Bright Places to be a pick you up book but it will certainly give you something to think about. It’s a book you won’t want to put down touches on a very real issue wrapped in a story which could easily stamp on your heart.
Buy this book and then hug it – I’m sure you’ll want to by the end. I know I did!
Thanks to Michelle from Tales of Yesterday for sending me a copy!