All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

‘Is today a good day to die?’

This book washed over  me like a wave. It wholly, irrevocably consumed me, and swept me away with it. 

Jennifer Niven’s writing is laced so beautifully with emotion. Her words are prominent and just burning, glowing off the pages. She turns 388 pages of paper into startling happiness, profound sadness and burning love.

Her book acknowledges and portrays real things, curses, feelings in an honest, raw and unfiltered manner. 

I read once that all of us, as humans, have fires burning inside of us. Some of us, burn more brightly, blindingly than others. 

Theodore Finch is one of those people. His character is just so real, his mind, his soul to me was like a painting, a chaotic, overwhelming work of abstract art. Colors clashing, beautifully intertwining, a person with such a big heart, and a beautiful mind, with layers upon layers. 

He is used to being Theodore ‘freak’, being bullied, misunderstood. There were parts of him, his kindness, quirkiness, that I found very endearing. If you haven’t guessed it yet, the line at the beginning of the review, that’s his. He wants to take his own life.

‘I am broken and no one can fix it’.

 Violet, lost her sister. She lost her words, her happiness, a big piece of her heart.

These two broken ,hurt souls, find each other and their attraction forms an epic love story. One with lots of wandering, floating, Virginia Wolf, love, purity and beauty. She is his Jovian-plutonian effect, his reason to float, to soar. 

Sometimes, you find writing phony, people talking about real, serious things for the sake of it, not understanding at all. This is not one of these. The concept of mental health issues is so real in this book, it makes us understand how these people feel, so alone, depressed. It shows us that these are actual, serious problems. This is not a simple, fluffy romance. It is so so so much more. 

The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.

 This book will move you, shake you and unequivocally enchant you. 

‘ I feel the need to say something grand and poetic, but the only thing I come up with is “It’s lovely” ’. 


-By R

Published by Cosmic Latte

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10 thoughts on “All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

  1. This sounds like a book with raw emotions. Having experienced the death of a close family member to suicide, that first quote tugged at my heart. The last quote reflects something I’ve felt so many times too – and all that I’m able to say is “It’s nice’ or “It’s lovely”. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story with us, we’re very sorry for your loss. Yes, this is a really beautiful book, and the author mentions that she too has lost a loved one to suicide, so it’s easy to make out that every word is written from her heart. If you happen to give this book a read be sure to tell us what you thought 😀

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  2. I read this book but couldn’t get into it the way you did. It took me probably a year to actually finish reading it and then one day I just decided I was going to try to finish and read most of the second half in two days. I just couldn’t get with the characters, but I did appreciate the story that was told. Suicide is definitely something that should be talked about. Did you see the movie for this book? I didn’t see it, but wondered if it is worth watching.

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    1. Hi Jasmine! Thank you for your comment!
      I really loved the book, but I knew some people who didn’t, and I’m sure it varies from person to person and their interests. Yours is a very fair comment.
      And no, I haven’t seen the movie yet. Sometimes the movie can really dim the magic and feel of the book, and I didn’t want that to happen. But, I’ve heard positive things about this movie, and you should totally give it a watch if you want to!
      Thanks again for your interest in the blog 😀


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