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All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Knopf, 2015
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

I enjoyed All the Bright Places in spite of the sadness of the topic. I was not a fan of the ending, however, because of what the author wrote in the afterward. Why would she choose that ending when she experienced so much pain in her own life? In spite of that, the book and its ending sparked a good  discussion in our book group.

Fans of John Green will enjoy All the Bright Places as the themes are similar.

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