All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Ember
Genre: young adult, novel, contemporary romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5


I thought this book was so great. It took me back to high school and it wasn’t really something I wanted to bring back. I went to a different school for my sophomore year and life got a lot better for me there. But my freshman year was really difficult. I couldn’t understand who I was and my friends didn’t really feel like my friends. I relate so much to Finch that I kept reinventing myself in that one year. I could really relate.

It’s a high school story but if your high school experience was like Violet or Finch, you can really relate. Violet lost her sister and everyone was tiptoeing around her. She didn’t feel like she could go back out in to the world. She didn’t even life riding in cars almost a year later. Finch was struggling with mental health and finding himself and his place while also struggling to stay in the present. Unfortunately, he was labeled as a freak.

Lovely is a lovely word that should be used more often.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I would definitely reread this book. I even watched the Netflix movie. The movie wasn’t as great, they cut a lot out from the book but it was still kind of nice to see it play out. I would put this one in my reread pile.

I enjoyed the writing style. It’s two different points of view, switching between Violet and Finch. It kind of starts off a bit slow, but picks up in about 100 pages or so.

Once it started picking up, I really got in to the story and it actually made me want to do a wandering adventure of my own hometown. I’m happy to say that I have wandered a bit since reading this book and I discovered some gems in my hometown so far that I didn’t know were out there and I look forward to finding more.

When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

There is talk about suicide in this book. If you’re not okay with that, I think you should avoid this read. But it’s very much a wanderlust and finding yourself after losing so much and rebuilding from the ashes kind of thing. Definitely a good read.


2022 Reading Goal

Book #5 out of 50

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