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All the Bright Places

Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Critic Reviews

"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)

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lovely

Lovely.
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.

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meh

a bit disappointing, I feel like the story was a bit pointless.

The story is essentially about a high school project, and tragic love story - however I feel like it didn't really NEED to be so tragic. I didn't really see the point.

a good way to bring about awareness of teen MH issues. However I feel like it kind of glorifies suicidal ideation and "teen angst" unnecessarily, as we see so commonly in shows like 13 reasons why/ Riverdale- rather than being empowering.

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So not exactly on par with John Green.

I wasn't as into it as I'd have hoped, being a huge John Green fan and having heard how JohnGreenesque this story is. I didn't find either Violet or Finch remarkyably (see what I did there!) likeable most of the time.

The narration was okay. Nothing spectacular, but not bad at all. I quite liked there actually being two people to give you each character's point of view.

Oh, but the author's note at the end! 😭 ♥

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Beautiful

A remarkable story of sadness and brightness. Feeling very lost that it’s over now, sigh.

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Wow

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Finch and Violet will stay with me forever! Thanks Jennifer for giving us this book and for shedding light on the stigma of mental illness.

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Beautifully Captured

This story beautifully captures mental illness and how it affects everyone around you. I loved the way it was written the author used such expensive words to capture each moment. All I can say is it was fiction and real all at the same time.

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Incredible!

Loved it? Yes! Struggled to finish it? More like struggled to stop listening.
I can not praise this book enough, it was so overwhelmingly beautiful! I was hoping for a happy ending, and although it was very sad, I will be reading this again and again. I have recommended to so many people already, and they seem to love it also. This is easily one of my favorite books in my top 5.

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truly amazing book

I love this book so much it has truly expended they way I think and ahh its seriously so Amazing and touching I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book

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Thoroughly enjoyed

Amazing heartfelt book. I grew incredibly attached to these characters and quotes throughout the bookand felt The deep sadness through my being. I would recommend this book and will listen again.

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A brilliant read

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

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  • FanB14
  • 09-06-2015

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.

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  • Emma
  • 21-04-2015

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.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 20-04-2019

Incredible Story

This book takes you on a journey and I really don’t have the right words to express how emotional and right it all is.

There are books that just touch you in a way you can’t explain and this is one of those books for me. Because I remember being their age and having some of those very same thoughts. High school is for many, not the most fun experience and these characters really struggle. Maybe not always in the classroom or school setting.

But their struggle is real. My heart was in my throat for a good part of this book and I couldn’t wouldn’t put it down. I hope many more read it and the authors note at the end well stick a fork in me I am done.

The narration well Kirby is number 1 in my books man he delivers so, so, well. I can’t even with him just has a way about him and his voice is perfect. I really enjoyed Ariadne’s performance too I think this might have been a first for me.

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  • Ms. Mitchizzle
  • 25-04-2015

Great performance

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.

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  • Trevor
  • 23-02-2015

Honestly don't read others reviews.

Any additional comments?

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)

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  • Laura Wright
  • 20-06-2016

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.

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  • Karen Fedkiw
  • 22-03-2019

Beautiful

This story talks a lot about suicide, but somehow it doesn’t make the story depressing. This story is beautiful. It helped me to see the light in the dark. I took a few quotes from this book and wrote them into my journal.
The readers did a very good job with the vocals as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-2019

A well established take on mental illness

Beautiful, breathe taking. tear jerking novel. The amount of relation on how the upbringing of a mental illness victim and their surrounding environmental affect their "choices". Extremely relatable to those with mental illness. Realistic ending and great moral.

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  • Frederick M. Cash
  • 11-10-2018

A story that needs to be heard

This was a fascinating book to read and to listen to the filming of the movie is being been done in Richmond Heights at Greenwood farm I've been able to see Finch's room.

Thank you for shining a light on a very important issue

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  • Neil Blumengarten
  • 04-02-2016

Amazing Yet Heart Breaking Novel

If you could sum up All the Bright Places in three words, what would they be?

This is Life.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Kirby Heyborne and Ariadne Meyers ’s performance did you like?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2018

One of the most important books you will ever read

Theodore Finch is real. He is within our hearts, forever. Let him be a constant reminder, to talk to each other. Always.

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  • S. Chand
  • 15-11-2019

If you love this book don’t buy the audio version

I absolutely adore this book. It’s my favourite book of all time and I even wept when I met Jennifer but this audio book is awful. I’ve never in my life listened to a such a monotone and robotic voice. I never thought that a crappy performance would ever make me press stop on my favourite book but I didn’t even make it to chapter 3 before I had to make it end. A little gutted I wasted a credit on this tbh

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  • RosePetal86
  • 01-10-2019

Beautifully written

Such a beautiful book on such touching subjects. I want to listen all over again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2019

One of the best most important books you will ever read

This book is full of humour,friendship,love and life it tells a beautiful story of two teenagers fighting there own battles. This book has a rollercoaster of emotions for both the characters and the reader you cry you laugh and sometimes you can’t even articulate what you feel but it feels like butterflies in the pit of your stomach,you can read it over and over and never get tired of it.

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  • mr j
  • 30-08-2019

griping

a look into the mind of somewho who is suffering. gripping storyline. good main characters

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  • Silviana
  • 14-07-2019

loved reading it , loved hearing it

i loved this book. recomend it a lot. loved the voice too .
i plan on re listen to it countless times

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  • Nickoli Jones
  • 17-04-2018

Hard hitting

Hard to hear content at times,
but sensitively and beautifully written. It touches on the ‘unspeakable’ in a way that also touches the heart.

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  • Kitkatscanread
  • 28-01-2018

Amazing story

Love the story.
The female narrator I liked but wasn't too keen on the male.

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  • Franziska
  • 19-11-2017

Great story

such a touching story, I couldn't wait to finish listening to it. it's a bit dramatic but in all the right places.
theodore and violet are two teenagers struggling to fit in one because of the death of her sister, the other due to mental health problems which No one is willing to acknowledge. it's written from both perspectives.

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  • Charlotte Rowan
  • 15-10-2017

Amazing book

This book made me feel all the emotions, I really felt like I was part of it, I felt love, happiness, heartbreak... well worth the read/listen