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.
©2014 Jennifer Niven (P)2014 Listening Library
"Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably." (Kirkus Reviews)
"In her YA debut, adult author Niven creates a romance so fresh and funny...The journey to, through, and past tragedy is romantic and heartbreaking, as characters and readers confront darkness, joy, and the possibilities - and limits - of love in the face of mental illness." (Publishers Weekly)
"The writing in this heartrending novel is fluid, despite the difficult topics... Finch in particular will linger in readers’ minds long after the last page is turned." (School Library Journal)
For years and years my nan pronounced lovely as "love-eh-lee" so my mum knew that it was spelt as lovely not lovley. My mum has done the same for us. Now, lovely is tradition in our family.
This book had me crying, yelling, laughing, blubbering and definitely tugged at the old heart strings. This book is lovely.
Thank you for acknowledging suicide not as something that people do out of stupidity, which i hear a little too embarrassingly often.
Lovers of john green books will fall in love with this story, i am so happy to finally find a book that isn't afraid to talk about the actuality of suicide and mental illness. A book that will stay with me forever
Great narration. So interesting to show love, loss, mental illness and life through the eyes of a boy and girl who are just trying to understand and love the best they can with what they've been dealt with in life. Surprisingly not that emotionally heavy or depressive even though the subject matter is about loss and dealing with mental illness. It's shown in a beautiful, mostly light hearted way. Had me smiling and in tears.
It's a perfict book if you want to cry, the true raw nature of this book, with its not shing away from a taboo topic make it a refreshing book
"Best YA Quirky Love Story of 2015"
Alternating points of view tell the story of Finch, an unconventional almost eccentric, yet cool HS senior and Violet. Having lost her sister less than a year ago in a car crash, Violet shrinks away from standing out until she finds herself meeting Finch in a most unusual place only to lead to more trips via a history project for school.
This story is sweet, clever, odd, funny, snarky, sad and ultimately endearing. Don't ruin it by listening to negative reviews. If you like other smart YA titles, you should read or listen to this one. It's fabulous.
"Rocked me to my core"
Such an important book. It felt way more like a book for adults about teens. Reflections and memories unbound. It rang so true that can see why it's compared to Eleanor and Park. I miss the characters now that I've finished listening.
Some parts were slow. I considered abandoning it at one point. I stuck it out and I finished the final third of the story in two days. WARNING: This is not a book for someone looking to be cheered up.
"Couldn't last 20 minutes..."
This could be considered a minor spoiler, but since it happens in the first 15 minutes it is only minor...
I can't continue to listen to a book that sets up its premise the way this one has. There are two kids from a high school standing on a tall structure on campus, both close to jumping to their death. One is a popular girl, one is an unpopular boy. It is by chance they both happen to be up there at the same time. I have no problem with the story beginning this way, but the absolutely asinine way the "crowd" behaves below them is why i will be getting my credit back right after hitting "submit" on this review.
I don't know what pissed me off more about the depiction of "high school" in this beginning - the way a kid on the ground yelled, "why don't you go ahead and get it over with freak" to the unpopular boy, the way the other kids LAUGHED at that or the way the school councilor GLARED at the boy about to jump. REALLY??? A school counselor GLARING at a boy about to commit suicide???
I understand the need for an author to establish the "good vs bad" characters in a story, but this one is so far beyond realistic it honestly pissed me off. My wife is a counselor and, although they aren't perfect, at heart all of the ones i've known would never in a million years treat a potential suicide that way. Plus a crowd of kids laughing at someone about to jump??? Seriously???
"Such a downer"
If you love suicidal teens then this is the book for you otherwise steer clear! the naration was great and made it easy to listen to but the story was just too much.
"Sweet and sad"
Perfect balanse between sweet and sad. A weirdo who is funny and a depress girl. I enjoyed it very much!
"Honestly don't read others reviews."
By listening to others you have this mind set of what they think of it. I found this book at random in the Contemporary section and had no expectations what so ever. The first chapter got me hooked. The way the author portrays both characters is so interesting and addictive. For a good laugh and a good cry session, I would highly recommend, but don't take my word for it ;) LOVELY. (<You'll get that if you read it)
"Good not great"
The story is pretty predictable it could use some more depth in character building. Some of the story just moves a little slow.
"Amazing Yet Heart Breaking Novel"
This is Life.
How it wasn't a fairytale ending, this book is sadness and despire. But this book makes you sit back and think, and books that make you think are the best books.
They brought a sense of Violet's reserved nature. How she doesn't feel as out there as Finch. Finch is given a outgoing and adventurous nature, that the performance captures in the best way.
Yes and no. I wish I could read this book all at once, relive the wanderings and relive their friendship. But this book would be too much in one sitting. Too much emotions and not enough time to take it all in.
"Amazing and educational"
My favorite books to read are the raw sequels by Ellen Hopkins, but I wanted to read something with just as much emotion and drama, but more relatable. This book was recommend and I fell right in love. The two different point of views really create the whole story and allows you to get a bigger picture. All the Bright Places includes many topics including love, comedy, teenage struggles, and a topic that is not discussed too often, suicide. The author provides a wonderful note at the end giving details of how this relates to her and why such a topic should be talked about more often. She allows us to see through the eyes of victims and survivors of suicide, which may allow for some to broaden their beliefs of suicide and the mentally ill. Five stars to a wonderful, personal author.
"Stunning performance, but...."
The performance of this is absolutely stunning, and I like the concept of the story. I just find myself struggling to connect with the ralationship between Violet and Finch. I feel a connection to Finch and his outcast status and dreamy personality, I think most of us would. I also feel a connection to Violet as the person who like all of us, is lying for social acceptance. But that's almost my problem with the whole thing. I don't know what Finch sees in her, when she is so outwardly similar to Amanda, and with all her bitching and pushing him away, I can't understand how she manages to see into him or he into her. So although I like both of them, and I enjoyed their separate narratives, I found the whole thing a bit disjointed.
"all the bright places, the most amazing book ever "
i love this book. The whole way through I was hooked on the emotions that Theodore finch and violet Markey felt. I felt as if I was a part of them feeling everything they did.
my favourite moment was the parts where when finch and violent where just peaceful together l. they were happy.
"Truly an amazing book!"
The story is just so captivating, I didn't want to stop reading it! Jennifer Niven is so talented, and I can't wait for the movie!!!
I love this storyline and the characters. it's quite different to other books and talks about real life situations
Sad, witty and extremely influential. Most wonderful book i have ever read. As lovely a as ultraviolet lights
"Very robotic sounding voices"
This was the book I chose as the free trial. I must say that it sounded so robotic and unnatural that after just 5 minutes I couldn't take anymore. Very disappointed especially seeing as this would retail at £25!
Ignore the story rating, it might be the best book ever but I couldn't stand to listen to it
"“I’d like to live in a world designed by Theodore Finch""
I LOVE THIS BOOK.
its the best book I've read so far! I love the characters especially Theodore finch he was so complex he was every emotion! This book really makes you think. This book is sad! Happy! Funny! It's a book full of every emotion! For me it was very relatable. My love for the character Theodore finch to quote violet “I’d like to live in a world designed by Theodore Finch" I love it when a book brings out raw emotion and this is exactly what this book did. It made me cry! Cry a lot and really Think! ITS A MUST READ!
I really relate to this book I don't know why I just do it is a grate book I really recommend it to anyone
This book was amazing the story was great and the performance fit the people perfectly.
"A beautiful story."
A beautiful story. Made me cry a few times but also made me remember all the things I shouldn't have been trying to forget.
I really felt like I could sympathise with Finch, and relate to his character.
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