All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

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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 and guilt 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385755887
0385755880
9780385755894
0385755899
Branch Call Number: y NIVEN 2015
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 22 cm

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Seniors Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, six flights up. Both are considering jumping. Will their burgeoning relationship be enough to save them from their own demons?

Theodore and Violet meet in unusual circumstances-trying to end their lives. Can they save each other?

Finch and Violet meet in an unusual way - on the ledge of the bell tower at school, each determined to jump off. Can they save each other?

Finch and Violet meet in an unusual way - on the ledge of the bell tower at school, each determined to jump off. Can they save each other?

This is a depressing book in many ways, but I loved it, and I know several teens who will lap it up. (Tasha's pick)


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Helen101
Feb 06, 2019

I liked the book but I was confused about what happened in the end.😞

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summerforever
Oct 28, 2018

I remember crying my eyes out at the end. And then I read the author's note.
Not surprised that I woke up the next day with swollen eyes!

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RosaReads2
Sep 26, 2018

Breathtaking, poignant, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, lovely!

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JReynolds9
Jul 22, 2018

This book was amazing at first I didn’t think I was going to like it but at the end I had grown so attached to the characters that I cried because of how it ended. Definitely worth the read if you relate in any way to this book!

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jennyzee_81
Jun 10, 2018

This is an amazing book. I connected with the characters from page 1. An amazing story line to keep you needing to turn the page! I would definitely recommend this wonderful book!

neyoscribbles Jun 01, 2018

You will instantly fall in love with these characters and truly wish you knew them. (A week after I had finished the novel, I couldn’t help but miss Theodore or wonder what Violet may be up to…). It is one of those teen fic stories where you need to suspend the fact that these are teenagers. They are guided by morals that are beyond their age and act on their own terms even though their issues or “problems” seem juvenile as an adult reader. Having said that, the stigma and issues surrounding mental illness is at its height now, and these issues need to be addressed.

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Artist250_0
Mar 20, 2018

I couldn't have chosen any better Realistic Fiction story. This book was such a good story from its characters, the setting, and how the author interpreted both perspectives in the main characters. Finch and Violet made such an amazing couple and were possibly the best couple I've ever read. Another thing that I like about in this book are the messages it gives. They give some many from suicide all the way to Bipolar disease. If anyone has a friend or close person to them that is going through a tough moment in their lives, make them read this story because I could help a lot of teenagers like me. This was an outstanding story and I hope that it wins the 2017-2018 Gateway award.

One of the best books I've read in a while! The characters are beautiful and the plot fantastic! I warn you though, this book isn't for those who want something sweet and fluff filled with a unicorn ending. It is very . . . real, I suppose is the best description. It's definitely worth the read!

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CFletch257
Dec 21, 2017

This book...I have to admit that it disappointed me near the end. I won’t spoil, but the near-the-end-of-the-book even tsaddened me. Anyway, I loved Theo and Violet together. I loved watching them like each other and eventually love each other. Even if Theo was the more enthusiastic one in the beginning lol. I never knew a train of thought could be so dark and so unfocused. I really felt for both characters. Don’t read for a pick-me-up. Read this when emotionally in check. All in all, a thoughtful read.

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kwsmith
Aug 27, 2017

A depressed and openly suicidal high school boy falls in love with a depressed and secretly suicidal high school girl. He's an awkward outcast and she's one of the pretty popular girls. What could possibly go wrong? This colorful romantic story is so well told that I'm sure Jennifer is, at least partially, writing from her own experience. If you enjoy John Greene's dolorous young adult romances, you'll like this one too!

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Pipsqueak4310
Jan 22, 2017

"May your eye go to the Sun, To the wind your soul.... You are all the colors in one, at full brightness."

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giraffes714
Aug 13, 2016

Sorry wastes time. You have to live your life like you'll never be sorry. It's easier just to do the right thing from the start so there's nothing to apologize for.

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giraffes714
Aug 12, 2016

Sometimes there's beauty in the tough words - it's all in how you read them.

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giraffes714
Aug 12, 2016

The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.

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giraffes714
Aug 12, 2016

You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.

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Julia_Kh
Jul 06, 2016

"It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love"

JCLChrisK Dec 31, 2015

It's so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.

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lilyanelizabeth
Aug 14, 2015

"For what it's worth, you showed me something, Ultraviolet- there is such a thing as a perfect day."
-Theodore Finch

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lilyanelizabeth
Aug 14, 2015

"But winter is here, and I don't know where I'll be by spring. And she's named for a flower, and her father hates me, and I want her to know that I'm thinking of her and that this isn't a season of death but one for living."
-Theodore Finch

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Goodtimepoet
Jun 23, 2015

This book is about a boy names Finch and a girl names Violet.

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AletaLindsey Mar 16, 2015

Other: Could be triggering- suicidal thoughts

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