Friday 1 May 2015

All The Bright Places by: Jennifer Niven

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: January 6, 2015 by: Knopf
Pages: 388
Rating: 5/5 stars
*major spoilers ahead; highlight white text to reveal them*

All The Bright Places was the brilliant story of a boy named Theodore Finch, who is obsessed with the idea of death, and a girl named Violet, who feels like she wants to die. When the two meet in an spring of fate, they both set out to help the other overcome their obstacles. They save each other.

This. book. was. amazing. When I saw it on Goodreads being described as The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park, I couldn't resist. This book stood it's own and will honestly impact me forever.

To the first positive of this book, the writing was so beautiful. I could practically quote this entire book because Niven was so clever at writing it, and it was very emotional. There was not a single line that did not have an impact.

The second positive, is the character development. The two main protagonists start off to be very broken, but throughout the course of the book you can really feel them trying to pick up the pieces, and live happier lives. Theodore was just an amazing human being, and I felt extremely connected to him. He was so supportive, funny and brilliant.

I loved the message of this book. Yes, it is essentially about suicide and death, however it wasn't such a heavy and really hard book. It was realistic and showed the incredible story of how to conquer something inside. Even though the ending had me sobbing, I was actually happy with how everything turned out. Yes, I was extremely upset to see Theodore die, but I liked how Niven kept it real. It wasn't a predictable ending in the sense that everyone gets better and lives happily ever after. She showed that suicide is a real issue, that needs more awareness surrounding it. Even though Violet is a fictional character, I hope that she lives a content life now knowing how much she meant to Theodore. 

Overall, this book was so well thought out, and really has a different take on a heavy topic. I encourage you all to read this as I am certain that anyone will take something out of it. Hopefully, we can stop innocent lives being taken by suicide soon. 

Have you read All The Bright Places? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I didn't really enjoy this book, but maybe I was just not in the mood for it. I put it on hold, so I might try it again sometime. Glad you liked it. :)

  2. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this! I've seen so many bad - or at least, not as positive as this - reviews that it's put me off this book. I'm pleased that you thought it was realistic, because I find that a major problem in YA contemporary/realistic fiction is that things aren't believable or realistic at all. Lovely review. :)

  3. I've heard nothing but good things about this book! I hauled it back in Feb, so I can't wait until I'm finally able to sit down and read it! Great review girl, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  4. I need this book in my life! It looks like such an emotional book in a good way where you would be quoting the book constantly, glad you enjoyed it :)
    Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

  5. I completely agree with everything you've said here Emmy. This is such a powerful and moving story and the way Niven touched on so many delicate and taboo issues is absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing, and wonderful review! ♥

  6. I envy you, Emily! I really want to read this book, but I'm waiting for it to be more widely available in paperback. Anyway, awesome review! I'm glad you enjoyed it! It seems like a great story, and I can't wait to read it too! :)

  7. I need to read thisssss! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Eleanor and Park and TFIOS?!? MUST! Haha, I really want to read this (even more so after your review!)