Book Discussion: All the Bright Places

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Hello fellow readers!

First of all, THIS BOOK

I mean, I could never write a neutral review of this novel; I’m way too in love with Theodore Finch. I don’t even know what to say, honestly, other than quote some of my favorite parts (and let me tell you I put the double amount of Post-its through this novel than those figuring on the cover).

The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.

-Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

Second of all …

In case you don’t know, All the Bright Places is a novel written by Jennifer Niven in which two teenagers (Violet and Theodore) meet on the roof of their school when they are both seriously thinking about jumping. (I’m not spoiling anything, this is literally in the first chapter, though there is one spoiler in the questions below.) When they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, Indiana, they also get to know their true selves and quickly fall in love.


My thoughts

I’m in love with the characters.
I’m in love with the writing.
I’m in love with the book.
(I warned you this was not going to be neutral at all. I can’t. I just can’t.)

But I can’t wait to hear what you guys thought of it! (And please feel free to share if you didn’t like the novel—always in a respectful manner, of course.)

The future is uncertain, but that can be a good thing.

-Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

So What Did You Think?

Did you cry? (I cried like a baby. I still cry just thinking about how much I cried. There you go: I’m crying.)

What did you think of the bird story? The one who kept hitting Theodore’s window? (I loved it. Both beautiful and heart-wrenching.)

Were you surprised to find out Theodore was bipolar or did you see it coming?

What was your favourite part?


Don’t forget to vote for the book we’ll be reading in August!

Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir

Let me know what you feel like in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Book Discussion: All the Bright Places

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  1. I’m really glad this was the book of July; I had meant to read it for a while and this was the perfect time. It was amazing and heart-breaking and I would read it again even though, yes, I cried. So much. I thought the first chapter was very compelling. I was hooked after only a few paragraphs. And even though the main theme is suicide, it wasn’t a depressive novel (at least for the first part…but even the last chapter is hopeful.)
    To answer your questions,
    1. Yes.
    2. Beautiful comparison of what Finch is going through.
    3. I wasn’t surprised, because he was so unpredictable I knew he had to be different, but I couldn’t put my finger on it before his teacher mentioned it. (That was a great scene.)
    4. The roller coasters 🙂
    This was another great read!
    I vote for Everything Everything.

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    1. Thank you for this thorough answer, Jackie! I’m so glad someone felt the same reading this novel! And I agree, the first part isn’t depressive at all, it’s really a cute love story and the characters are so funny! (Finch especially.) And the last chapter has a beautiful, hopeful tone to it.
      Oh! The roller coaster scene 🙂 Unforgettable!

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