All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Originally published: January 6, 2015
“The fact is, I was sick, but not in an easily explained flu kind of way. It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other recognizable disease just to make it simple for me and also for them.”
“Tenderhearted Theodore, my mother always says. Too tenderhearted for his own good. It’s meant as a criticism and I take it as one.”
“‘Sometimes I say and do things without thinking. People don’t like that.'”
“My hands feel cold without his.”
“I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to.”
“It pays to pretend you’re just like everyone else, even if you’ve always known you’re different.”
“What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good?”
“‘I love the thrill of impending, weightless doom, so I built something to give me those feelings all the time.”
“And in that moment there’s nothing I fear except losing hold of her hand.”
“As tough as she is, she wants to believe something.”
“I want to bawl, but I tell myself: Disguise the pain. Don’t call attention. Don’t be noticed.”
“We are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial.”
“I feel this strange need to move closer to him, as if he might get away from me.”
“I remember her smile and her laugh when I was my best self and she looked at me like I could do no wrong and was whole. I remember how she looked at me the same way even when I wasn’t. I remember her hand in mine and how that felt, as if something and someone belonged to me.”
“I feel a lot of nothing these days. I’ve cried a few times, but mostly I’m empty, as if whatever makes me feel and hurt and laugh and love has been surgically removed, leaving me hollowed out like a shell.”
“I feel my heart sink. I look at the floor and almost expect to see it lying there.”
“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 Gayle Forman, Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
“At the heart—a big one—of “All the Bright Places” lies a charming love story about this unlikely and endearing pair of broken teenagers.”
Romance, YA-Fiction, YA-Literature
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 stars