All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

15 Apr

bright places

Format: Audiobook, 11 hours 4 minutes, narrated by Ariadne Meyers and Kirby Heyborne

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Published: January 6, 2015

ISBN: 9780553552225

Genre: YA fiction

Back cover blurb: 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.
Includes a PDF Help Line Resource Guide and a Note Read by the Author.

My review: There was a lump in my throat when I finished this. Sadly, I know too many people who have taken their own lives, or tried to, and this book made me remember them all with so many emotions. It was a little slow to grab me at first, but the ending is powerful and I hope the young people who read this get the message. Heart-breaking.

My rating: 4/5

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