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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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
The realistic handling of mental illness in this novel is admirable. Both main characters struggle to manage their emotions, relationships, and the stress of school. Vivid imagery and rich language.
I got really invested in Theodore. Love the way he was written and explained the way he thinks.
Spoiler alert - I was surprised he dosn't make it but in a way the unhappy ending made sense in ways and he left a mark on a world he didn't feel made for. Poetic I guess, not that suicide isn't sad.
While I didn't love this book for it's plot or writing style, there is definitely one aspect of this novel that resonates with me. The author does a phenomenal job of creating the character, Theodore Finch. The reader can connect with him, and can truly see the changes in his demeanor, his sanity, and his feelings about life. She doesn't name these feelings. She doesn't stereotype him. She lets the reader feel it as it happens, which makes for an incredibly powerful story about suicide, friendship, and first love.
This book is amazing. Very sad, but you can't help but be drawn in by it. I highly suggest this book because, well, it's now my favorite book.
I started reading this three times before reading it all the way through.
I wish I'd read the whole thing the first time. This is amazing.
I read this book a while ago and I guess I was a little disappointed. Although the book did bring to light a lot of important issues, to me it seemed like Violet and Theodore's relationship was toxic. Although I did cry my eyes out at the end I still couldn't find it in me to appreciate it as much as I thought I would've.
Ahh my feelings. This started out dramatic, then got happy... THEN SOMEONE HAD TO MAKE IT SAD AGAIN. It was an awesome book, Theodore did creep me out a little at the begining though, but he got better as the book progressed. It's a really sad book, But it's a good read and I enjoyed it (Minus the crying)
I almost stopped reading this book. It was just so sad. I am glad I kept reading. I had to understand Theodore Finch.
Violet and Finch happened to meet by chance on the bell tower, 6 stories above the ground. Coincidence or not, they end up teaming on a geography project to “explore the natural wonders of their state”. Finch suffers from mental illness, depression and suicidal thoughts. He thinks about death really often and is fascinated by it. Violet looks perfect, but she’s really grieving on the inside and convinced she’s at fault for her sister’s death. The two then begin a whole new adventure, where Finch is not the quiet freak he’s rumored to be and Violet can finally start to get over her loss. Humorous, heartbreaking and blotched in a sense of reality, All the Bright Places will keep your heart in the clouds, forever rooting for the two’s unlikely romance. This novel is one of my personal favorites, but don’t read it if you’re just looking for a light romance. All the Bright Places will contain some heavy content that will throw you in for an emotional rollercoaster. I loved the way it was paced and how beautifully the author ended it. Definitely one of my top 10 to read. Rating: 5/5
- @Iron_Rose of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This book is incredibly moving, and touching, in all the best ways. Reading it, I could feel the characters as vividly as if they were right next to me. There was much that went down in this story, but I think the take-home message was, in the end, enough for me to accept. It really hit me in the end that even one thing could have changed the outcome for so many, but it didn't. I definitely see this book as an inspiring tale of realistic fiction, that deserves more credit than it may be given.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
All The Bright Places is a beautifully written heart-wrenching book. In some ways it reminds me of The Fault In Our Stars, but even though I can see similarities between these two books All The Bright Places is still unique and stands on its own. Violet and Theodore, the two main characters, are both very likeable characters but for very different reasons. I love how in this book two very different people who seem to have nothing in common are able to come together. This book addresses very important issues that I’m sure many people can relate to. All The Bright Places can be a heavy read so I would not recommend it if you are looking for a lighthearted happy book, but if you are willing to give it a chance you’ll love it. 5 Stars
- @bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
All The Bright Places didn't exactly live up to my expectations. The writing in Finch's point of view was jarred and edged, not quite flowing smoothly. I felt that Violet's feelings were either over-done or rushed. Also the cliche boy saves girl after an accident is so cliched. The only part that really coaxed a feel out of me was the very, very, extremely sad part which I will not spoil. Some parts of this book makes you realize how mundane and horrible life is, while other parts make you want to celebrate all the time and revel in our happiness while we can. The ending made me think quite a bit, and all the small little quirks and details made all the difference. In the end, I'm not really sure what to make of it.
I started reading this story with high hopes after all the reviews I saw, but I felt that in some places it was too rushed. Violet's feelings for Finch seem fake or rushed, and I find it almost impossible that just because a handsome boy rushes into her life, she miraculously recovers from her sister's death quickly. All in all, an average read. Not exactly anything special.
Violet has not been the same since surviving the accident that killed her sister. Then Finch notices her and decides he must do everything in his power to convince her to let him into her life. His time is running out - he does not know how much longer before the darkness takes him over, but he is determined to help Violet before that happens.
It is inevitable that Finch cannot avoid the darkness. Just as Violet starts feeling as if she can move forward, her only friend disappears. She starts to spend all her time searching for Finch, hoping to help him the way he helped her.
This is a tough book to get through, not because it isn't good, but because it addresses difficult topics-mental illness, suicide, love, and grief. Unlike some YA books, this book does not paint mental illness with a broad brush, nor does it fall into any of the typical stereotypes about people who have it. I would recommend this book for older teens, as it does deal with some darker issues (and also for adults, as a YA crossover).