All the Bright Places - Jennifer Nivens
Author: Jennifer Nivens
Genre: Young Adult
Description: 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. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I had heard quite a bit about this book during the first half of 2015 and the book intrigued me. And I wasn't disappointed.
I was really able to empathize with Finch and how he really wanted to end it all; I have been there more than a few times. The language that Ms. Nivens uses really helps the reader to understand what Finch goes through and what makes this an amazing book that it was hard to put down at times.
Bottom lines: A really enjoyable YA book that adult readers should read as well. Highly recommended.