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All the Bright Places – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven begins with the two main characters, Finch and Violet, standing at the top of a bell tower. They both want to jump but after talking to each other, they decide not to. After, Violet and Finch become very good friends, offering different types of support that the other needs but is lacking from their own life. Finch brings Violet out of her shell again and Violet makes sure Finch stays grounded. These characters are so funny and vulnerable you can’t help but fall in love with them. The ending was very surprising and it made the book very memorable.

I really liked the writing style in this book because it was told between alternating points of view: from Violet’s and Finch’s. The tone of each of the characters was very believable. I was impressed by the writer’s ability to write from two very different points of view. It’s difficult to capture the voice of both genders but this author was fully capable.

After reading this, I’ve decided Finch is one of my most favourite characters. I liked Finch because I found him to be very relatable. A quote from the book that sums up his character is, “Sometimes I say and do things without thinking first, and most people don’t like that.” I think a lot of teenagers can relate to this. 

Finch is very charming but at the same time, it’s evident to the reader how vulnerable he feels. Everything he says and does is very passionate because he cares about everything deeply. He is somewhat sarcastic throughout the book, which adds to the humour, but all the while he still seems genuine.

I liked how the author handled very heavy topics as well, such as death and mental disorders. Some authors seem to romanticize these things to the point it doesn’t seem believable. However this author did not do this. Her characters had very realistic thoughts and reactions to these situations. I liked how All the Bright Places remained true to real life.

If you like books like Wintergirls or Looking for Alaska, then you might find this to be a great read. All the Bright Places is available at Halifax Public Libraries.


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