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“All the Bright Places” Book Review

Brooklyn Hollander, Journalist

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“All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven is a young adult, contemporary novel. The story is able to mix a little bit of romance with mental health and suicide. This is quite unique as most books that address the topics of mental health and suicide do so in a depressing way, but “All The Bright Places” is able to make the story have an overall positive vibe.
The two protagonists, Violet and Finch, meet at the edge of their school’s rooftop. They are there for slightly different reasons, but they both had been planning to kill themselves. Neither of them are sure of who saved who that day, but that day is the beginning of their relationship.
Finch is someone who regularly thinks about death and what would happen if he dies, so it wasn’t odd that he showed up at that rooftop. However, Violet is someone who is quite popular but recently, because of her sister’s death. She has stopped talking to many of her friends and stopped doing her school work and hobbies as well.
The novel switches between the perspectives of Violet and Finch which enhances the story as the reader can see from both character’s perspectives. Finch’s perspective is especially interesting to read from. He has a very unique outlook on life and it allows the reader not only to see him from Violet’s perspective but his own. Moving back and forth between the two perspectives truly adds depth to the story.
Anyone interested in a relatively positive book involving a character with mental health issues will be sure to like this book. Also anyone who enjoyed any of Jennifer Niven’s other novels will enjoy this book as well. Overall this book is an 8.5 out of 10. If someone hasn’t picked up this book yet, they definitely should!

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