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.
Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are both closely familiar with death, Finch is roaringly intrigued by death and ways he could kill himself and Violet recently faced her sister’s death. After their first encounter at the bell tower of their school, they get paired up to do a school project that consists of visiting natural local places but further than that they start to discover themselves, Violet starts to feel like her real self again and learns to enjoy her life instead of crossing out every day until graduation and it’s in Violet’s companionship that Finch can truly be himself instead of living in the shadow of who people think he is.
All The Bright Places holds a special place in my heart, I cried a lot with this book, but I absolutely loved every word of it. I came to All The Bright Places with very high expectations, everyone loved this book, everyone was talking about it and I wanted to know what the hype was all about, I actually read Holding Up The Universe (Jennifer Niven’s second YA book) before this one and I just needed it to be just as amazing and goodness gracious it was. I found it quite relatable, it touches mental illnesses very accurately I feel like and I like that a lot because, in my opinion, mental illnesses are something that everyone knows it’s there, everyone knows they exist yet nobody talks about it enough and I liked that this book put that out there (I know it’s not the only book to touch that topic but I’m exclusively talking about this one).
The story completely trapped me from the beginning, I read this book in a few hours because I just couldn’t, or didn’t want to, put it down I wanted more and for the story to keep going, yet at the end I could happily (with a lot and I mean a lot of tears streaming down my face) put it down, my heart was full and happy, I didn’t feel like it was unfinished. It fulfilled my needs and wishes from beginning to end.
Did I dislike anything about this book? Not really, not at all actually, it’s an amazing book that everyone should give a try.