Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

5 Stars

All the Bright Places is a book that’s going to mean different things to different people, but one thing is for sure, it’s going to mean something. It has to. But first, you need to read it!

For me, All the Bright Places was a beautiful and sad story about two kids who are both suffering and how they come together. Their love story was sweet and romantic and it made me nostalgic. And even though they’re together, they each go through different journeys during the time we know them. Experiencing one’s path to recovery and the other’s heartbreaking spiral was an eye-opening contrast on how having a supportive, open, attentive, involved family can save your life, and having the opposite can be your downfall.




I hope everyone who reads this book sees everything it is saying about mental illness: things about having and dealing or not dealing with mental illness, things about the families of people suffering from mental illness, and about people who love those with a mental illness. It’s hard. All of it is so hard. But you can see the possible outcomes of taking action or not, and wouldn’t you rather just do the right thing for those you love?! Be aware, be proactive, look for signs, take these things seriously, and most importantly, just be there.



I listened to the audiobook version of this book and both narrators did SUCH an incredible job. Their performances really enhanced the story and made these characters seem so real. I highly recommend it.

And so, again, everyone should read this book. The sooner, the better! And I cannot wait to see the movie, which I hope really makes it justice.

Book Info

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Narrator: Ariadne MeyersKirby Heyborne
Published by Knopf BfYR
Pub Date: January 6th 2015
Pages: 384
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: ContemporaryYoung Adult
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The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
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.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

About Jennifer Niven

By the time I was ten, I had already written numerous songs, a poem for Parker Stevenson (“If there were a Miss America for men, You would surely win”), two autobiographies (All About Me and My Life in Indiana: I Will Never Be Happy Again), a Christmas story, several picture books (which I illustrated myself) featuring the Doodle Bugs from Outer Space, a play about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister entitled Blindness Strikes Mary, a series of prison mysteries, a collection of short stories featuring me as the main character (an internationally famous rock star detective), and a partially finished novel about Vietnam. I was also an excellent speller from a very early age.

In 2000, I started writing full-time, and I haven’t stopped… I’ve written eight books, and when I’m not working on the ninth, I’m contributing to my web magazine, Germ, thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. I am always writing.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

11 Responses to “Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven”

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    I really, really loved this book! It was so beautiful. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be to listen to the beautiful prose.

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    Alexandra Patterson

    I adored this book. As someone who has seen friends suffer with mental illness, I loved how Niven handled the portrayal of depression and bipolar disorder. I think it provides a forum for talking about mental illness and the stigma that often gets attached.

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    Quinn's Book Nook

    I have been hearing nothing but amazing things about this one. I’m nervous to read it though, because I know I will be an emotional basket case. so glad you enjoyed it. If I read this, I think I will also go the audiobook route.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      It was really emotional! I happened to listen to this one at a time when a couple of bloggy friends were also reading it and I’m so happy we could all be there and discuss it together. If you need support while listening, I’m here!! :)

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    Great review, but unfortunately this does not look like it’s for me. I hated both John Green and Rainbow Rowell’s books. It’s the whole quirky thing. I don’t do quirky. I’m sorry! Ugh. I feel like an outsider for saying that.

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    Alexa S.

    I still haven’t had the opportunity to read All the Bright Places! While I’m still not certain it will be my type of read, I’m admittedly curious. The quotes you included are quite lovely though! Glad to hear that you liked it.

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