Author: Jennifer Niven
Publication date: 08/01/15
Genre: Young Adult
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. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?
This was a delightful book which captured the genius but unconventional mind of a young man suffering from mental health issues. The two main characters- Theodore and Violet were like chalk and cheese but in the end proved that opposites really do attract. I liked the relationship that developed between them as Theodore genuinely cared for Violet and helped her to see life is worth living, even when bad things happen. Theodore couldn't control his thoughts and feelings but he made Violet see that she could be in control of hers.
The ending was quite a shock as I really thought Theodore and Violet were going to be together but I understood why he made this final decision as it allowed him to be at peace with himself.
I thought "All the Bright Places" was well written and although it dealt with serious issues throughout, there were lots of humorous moments which made the book light-hearted and even more enjoyable!
A definite bestseller for 2015 and a book I would recommend to booklovers everywhere!
5 out of 5 stars.