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NOW A NETFLIX FILM, STARRING ELLE FANNING AND JUSTICE SMITH!

The New York Times bestselling love story about two teens who find each other while standing on the edge. And don’t miss Take Me with You When You Go, Jennifer Niven’s highly anticipated new book with bestselling author David Levithan!


Theodore Finch
is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find— something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small 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—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. 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. . . .
 
“A do-not-miss for fans of Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars , and basically anyone who can breathe.” —Justine Magazine
 
“At the heart—a big one—of All the Bright Places lies a charming love story about this unlikely and endearing pair of broken teenagers.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A heart-rending, stylish love story.” — The Wall Street Journal

“A complex love story that will bring all the feels.” — Seventeen Magazine

Impressively layered, lived-in, and real.” —Buzzfeed

Review

“…this heartbreaking love story about two funny, fragile, and wildly damaged high school kids named Violet and Finch is worth reading. Niven is a skillful storyteller who never patronizes her characters – or her audience.”
Entertainment Weekly 

“Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review  

"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, starred review

“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, starred review

"Ultimately, the book, with narration that alternates between Finch and Violet, becomes Violet’s story of survival and recovery, affirming the value of loving deeply, grieving openly, and carrying your light forward."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books 

“Have  The Fault in Our Stars withdrawal? Pick up this heartrending novel about a girl who vows to live with purpose after bonding with a boy who plans to end his own life.” 
 SELF Magazine

"It’s touching, vibrant, and an impressively honest depiction of depression."
 — BuzzFeed

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Miami Herald Best Books for Children

GoodReads Choice Awards Young Adult Fiction Category Winner

TIME Top Young Adult Book of the Year

A NPR Guide to Great Reads Book

About the Author

Jennifer Niven is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller All the Bright Places, as well as her new YA novel, Holding Up the Universe. She has also written four novels for adults— American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive—as well as three nonfiction books: The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. She grew up in Indiana and now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles. For more information, visit JenniferNiven.com, GermMagazine.com, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Finch

I am awake again. Day 6.

Is today a good day to die?

This is something I ask myself in the morning when I wake up. In third period when I''m trying to keep my eyes open while Mr. Schroeder drones on and on. At the supper table as I''m passing the green beans. At night when I''m lying awake because my brain won''t shut off due to all there is to think about.

Is today the day?

And if not today--when?

I am asking myself this now as I stand on a narrow ledge six stories above the ground. I''m so high up, I''m practically part of the sky. I look down at the pavement below, and the world tilts. I close my eyes, enjoying the way everything spins. Maybe this time I''ll do it--let the air carry me away. It will be like floating in a pool, drifting off until there''s nothing.

I don''t remember climbing up here. In fact, I don''t remember much of anything before Sunday, at least not anything so far this winter. This happens every time--the blanking out, the waking up. I''m like that old man with the beard, Rip Van Winkle. Now you see me, now you don''t. You''d think I''d have gotten used to it, but this last time was the worst yet because I wasn''t asleep for a couple days or a week or two--I was asleep for the holidays, meaning Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year''s. I can''t tell you what was different this time around, only that when I woke up, I felt deader than usual. Awake, yeah, but completely empty, like someone had been feasting on my blood. This is day six of being awake again, and my first week back at school since November 14.

I open my eyes, and the ground is still there, hard and permanent. I am in the bell tower of the high school, standing on a ledge about four inches wide. The tower is pretty small, with only a few feet of concrete floor space on all sides of the bell itself, and then this low stone railing, which I''ve climbed over to get here. Every now and then I knock one of my legs against it to remind myself it''s there.

My arms are outstretched as if I''m conducting a sermon and this entire not-very-big, dull, dull town is my congregation. "Ladies and gentlemen," I shout, "I would like to welcome you to my death!" You might expect me to say "life," having just woken up and all, but it''s only when I''m awake that I think about dying.

I am shouting in an old-school-preacher way, all jerking head and words that twitch at the ends, and I almost lose my balance. I hold on behind me, happy no one seems to have noticed, because, let''s face it, it''s hard to look fearless when you''re clutching the railing like a chicken.

"I, Theodore Finch, being of unsound mind, do hereby bequeath all my earthly possessions to Charlie Donahue, Brenda Shank-Kravitz, and my sisters. Everyone else can go f---- themselves." In my house, my mom taught us early to spell that word (if we must use it) or, better yet, not spell it, and, sadly, this has stuck.

Even though the bell has rung, some of my classmates are still milling around on the ground. It''s the first week of the second semester of senior year, and already they''re acting as if they''re almost done and out of here. One of them looks up in my direction, as if he heard me, but the others don''t, either because they haven''t spotted me or because they know I''m there and Oh well, it''s just Theodore Freak.

Then his head turns away from me and he points at the sky. At first I think he''s pointing at me, but it''s at that moment I see her, the girl. She stands a few feet away on the other side of the tower, also out on the ledge, dark-blond hair waving in the breeze, the hem of her skirt blowing up like a parachute. Even though it''s January in Indiana, she is shoeless in tights, a pair of boots in her hand, and staring either at her feet or at the ground--it''s hard to tell. She seems frozen in place.

In my regular, nonpreacher voice I say, as calmly as possible, "Take it from me, the worst thing you can do is look down."

Very slowly, she turns her head toward me, and I know this girl, or at least I''ve seen her in the hallways. I can''t resist: "Come here often? Because this is kind of my spot and I don''t remember seeing you here before."

She doesn''t laugh or blink, just gazes out at me from behind these clunky glasses that almost cover her face. She tries to take a step back and her foot bumps the railing. She teeters a little, and before she can panic, I say, "I don''t know what brings you up here, but to me the town looks prettier and the people look nicer and even the worst of them look almost kind. Except for Gabe Romero and Amanda Monk and that whole crowd you hang out with."

Her name is Violet Something. She is cheerleader popular--one of those girls you would never think of running into on a ledge six stories above the ground. Behind the ugly glasses she''s pretty, almost like a china doll. Large eyes, sweet face shaped like a heart, a mouth that wants to curve into a perfect little smile. She''s a girl who dates guys like Ryan Cross, baseball star, and sits with Amanda Monk and the other queen bees at lunch.

"But let''s face it, we didn''t come up here for the view. You''re Violet, right?"

She blinks once, and I take this as a yes.

"Theodore Finch. I think we had pre-cal together last year."

She blinks again.

"I hate math, but that''s not why I''m up here. No offense if that''s why you are. You''re probably better at math than I am, because pretty much everyone''s better at math than I am, but it''s okay, I''m fine with it. See, I excel at other, more important things--guitar, sex, and consistently disappointing my dad, to name a few. By the way, it''s apparently true that you''ll never use it in the real world. Math, I mean."

I keep talking, but I can tell I''m running out of steam. I need to take a piss, for one thing, and so my words aren''t the only thing twitching. (Note to self: Before attempting to take own life, remember to take a leak.) And, two, it''s starting to rain, which, in this temperature, will probably turn to sleet before it hits the ground.

"It''s starting to rain," I say, as if she doesn''t know this. "I guess there''s an argument to be made that the rain will wash away the blood, leaving us a neater mess to clean up than otherwise. But it''s the mess part that''s got me thinking. I''m not a vain person, but I am human, and I don''t know about you, but I don''t want to look like I''ve been run through the wood chipper at my funeral."

She''s shivering or shaking, I can''t tell which, and so I slowly inch my way toward her, hoping I don''t fall off before I get there, because the last thing I want to do is make a jackass out of myself in front of this girl. "I''ve made it clear I want cremation, but my mom doesn''t believe in it." And my dad will do whatever she says so he won''t upset her any more than he already has, and besides, You''re far too young to think about this, you know your Grandma Finch lived to be ninety-eight, we don''t need to talk about that now, Theodore, don''t upset your mother.

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W. Lineberger
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Powerful
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
That is the best word I can use to describe this book. It, in no way, ended how I thought or hoped it would. I am a 45 year old man and I found myself in tears as I struggled to get through the last few chapters. Having dealt, and still dealing, with mental health issues,... See more
That is the best word I can use to describe this book. It, in no way, ended how I thought or hoped it would. I am a 45 year old man and I found myself in tears as I struggled to get through the last few chapters. Having dealt, and still dealing, with mental health issues, this book touched my heart in a way few books have. To the author, all I can say is thank you.
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Nightowl.Bookworm
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“Enjoyed” it, but have mixed opinions
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2018
There are many things I liked about this book. It is compulsively readable, well-written, has characters you root for, evokes strong emotions and brings awareness and thought to important topics. However, I walked away really unsettled... angry and in a bad mood for days... See more
There are many things I liked about this book. It is compulsively readable, well-written, has characters you root for, evokes strong emotions and brings awareness and thought to important topics. However, I walked away really unsettled... angry and in a bad mood for days unsettled. The book is told from two teenager’s points of view. For a book in first person I walked away feeling like I couldn’t understand one of the characters, including his choices, thoughts and emotions, and this is not good when it’s told from his perspective. When it matters most we don’t even hear his POV. This was intentional by the author (and arguably fitting and effective) but really bothered me and partially what made me so angry. I don’t mind sad or bittersweet endings if they fit with the story and what I know about the characters. I liked these characters but their actions felt unjustified because I couldn’t see their side. I also felt like one piece was irresponsibly handled and makes me fear how those who know someone struggling with suicidal thoughts may act.

I do not think this book is for everyone. There are some big triggers. I do not think this is a book for those struggling with suicidal thoughts. It may be a book for those who know someone who committed suicide, but I question that too. There is nothing here that would make me say a teenager shouldn’t read it, but conversations should be had around it. There is light and love in this book but my my more overwhelming emotion was darkness and anger.

Ultimately, I’m glad I read it and I enjoyed the book, as much as one can with this difficult topic, but a few things hold me back from loving it.
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Jessica Danowski
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Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
First let me start by saying that though I try to do spoiler free reviews I don’t know if I can do that with this one, so read this review at your own risk. People may not like my review of this book, and that’s okay. To be honest I don’t really like my review of this book,... See more
First let me start by saying that though I try to do spoiler free reviews I don’t know if I can do that with this one, so read this review at your own risk. People may not like my review of this book, and that’s okay. To be honest I don’t really like my review of this book, but it’s how I feel and I can’t change that. I desperately wanted to love these characters, but I didn’t. So, lets start with what I did like…
I loved the premise of the story. I loved the feels that the circumstances the characters dealt with gave me. But that’s about it…
For me, the characters were flat. They didn’t show enough emotion given the situations that they dealt with in their lives. Violet doesn’t show much emotion around the death of her sister, the death of Finch, the way her family doesn’t talk about Elenore, the way her friends treat her or Finch. Finch is just as bad, he doesn’t show much emotion over the demise of his family, or the way his dad treats him, and not about the fact that his mom is just a shell who drinks wine and doesn’t care about her children. They bottle it up and that leaves the reader with nothing to relate to, or feel. Feelings your characters have is a way for you to reach out to your reader and pull them in. Make them want more. Essentially, you’re their feels dealer and you must give them the first hit to pull them in and keep them coming back for more. In order for you to do that you have to have some emotion for the reader.
There is so much going on with these characters and I don’t feel like the author even touches it. I understand that teen suicide is the main focus of the story, but there is more to it than that. The bipolar disorder, and anxiety, depression, they are just mentioned almost as a way to explain how the characters may have gotten to that point. The book just kind of ends and there is no epilogue to tie up how the characters are doing. Finches parents, where did Violet go to school, did her online magazine take off. There was so much I was left wondering.
I was told by several people that this book was a must read and that I would love it. I guess my over-all thoughts were that for me this book was lacking. I expected and wanted so much more from this book and these characters, and at the end of the day it just didn’t do it for me. So, I’m giving this a 3 star rating. This is a subject that should be read about and should more prevalent. There needs to be an awareness amongst teens about suicide. They need to be told about the signs and what to do if you think someone you know is contemplating suicide.

Most importantly remember if you’re ever in crisis and you need someone to talk to just text 741741 which is the number for the Crisis Text Line. You will be able to speak with a trained Crisis Counselor.
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Lindsey Schroeder
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Same old trope
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2019
This one wasn’t much for me. I feel this trope has been done over and over. The author did a well job of making me care for the characters but thats all they could manage to do. For starters it was glaringly obvious from the outset that the whole point of this book was to... See more
This one wasn’t much for me. I feel this trope has been done over and over. The author did a well job of making me care for the characters but thats all they could manage to do. For starters it was glaringly obvious from the outset that the whole point of this book was to make you cry, make you mad these kids weren’t helped and play on your emotions to make you angry so the book can say “see, this happens all the time in real life,” “real kids have problems, and people ignore them and some slip thru the cracks and commit suicide”,, so the book must be amazing if it made you cry right? No, not to me. to me that’s a cheap shot. They attempted to write about two characters with a mental illness but they focused so much on their illnesses that they forgot to round out their characters personalities and the tellings of the illness Finch was going through didn’t work for me, it didn’t depict a good enough description of this particular illness. This felt like another book where they make the teenagers out to be super intelligent and witty and of course they fall in love super fast too! I’m just tired of the death and illness of teens as a plot for so called great literature. It’s not awful but there’s just nothing great here. If this is someone else favorite book then that’s wonderful and I hope it gave you what you needed when you needed it, but for me it was just another in a long line of books in the same vein
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Dee
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Best seller???
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2020
This book was extremely difficult to get through. It didn’t capture my attention in any way. I’m genuinely baffled by the overwhelmingly positive reviews because this book was a chore to read. I felt no connection to the characters. 400 pages of nothing. Readers have no... See more
This book was extremely difficult to get through. It didn’t capture my attention in any way. I’m genuinely baffled by the overwhelmingly positive reviews because this book was a chore to read. I felt no connection to the characters. 400 pages of nothing. Readers have no real understanding of what led to the thoughts of suicide, the “love story” was weak and failed to pull at the heart strings. I’m the type of reader who likes to finish what she starts. I felt like I deserved a reward after reading this boring, boring tale. I do not recommend. “Eleanor oliphant is completely fine” is a much better story that examines mental health issues.
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Mw
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Highly Impressed
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
This book was amazing from start to finish. I am not easily impressed with books because I have a really hard time focusing on the words and not getting distracted by other things, but this book really captivated me and I finished it in 3 days which is pretty impressive for... See more
This book was amazing from start to finish. I am not easily impressed with books because I have a really hard time focusing on the words and not getting distracted by other things, but this book really captivated me and I finished it in 3 days which is pretty impressive for me. I like to read slow and piece things together and this book made me wish I could read 10x faster, but as soon as I finished I wish I hand''t because it will break your heart and I am contemplating re-reading it (i have never done this).

Really good overall story and genuine characters with great development. Finch grows a lot on me and Violet does a bit, too, but not really until the end. Read this book and I promise it will change the way you look at things and people and mental illness. It is no joke and Jennifer Niven does a really great job at proving this.

-VH
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Brenna
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So Good! Pick this book up!
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021
I. Am. In. Pieces. I''ve heard so many good things about this book that, after watching the Netflix movie and bawling, I decided to pick the book up. I bawled while reading too. This story hit me right where it hurts and I related to Finch all too much. It''s a... See more
I. Am. In. Pieces. I''ve heard so many good things about this book that, after watching the Netflix movie and bawling, I decided to pick the book up. I bawled while reading too. This story hit me right where it hurts and I related to Finch all too much.

It''s a shame that some people isolated others who are dealing with mental illness because they act differently. Isn''t that a good thing? That we are all different because if we were all the same we would be boring. One quote I really liked was, "I am afraid of me." I relate so much, just like so many others, with this quote. Sometimes your worst enemy is yourself.

Another quote I really liked was, "The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it''s the little things that count." Sometimes we focus too much of the "bigger picture" and forget what is right in front of our eyes. Finch had so many quotable moments.

It really irritated me that when Finch "messed up" one time with Violet that his parents started treating him differently, meaner ewven after saying how much they liked him in the beginning of his and VIolet''s relationship. Yes, they want to keep their daughter safe but it is not Finch''s fault when he disappears for days or weeks.

Something else that irritated me was at the funeral when so many of the kids who bullied Finch were crying, acting all sad about his death. I do not get that kind of people. And his family. Man, did they make me mad. They didn''t understand or even try to, their own son.

Yet overall, I loved this book. This is a book I will not forget soon, if ever.
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Delta High School Library
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All the Bright Places
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2017
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children''s for the opportunity to read and review All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. All the Bright Places cannot be described with one word. This book is tremendous in... See more
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children''s for the opportunity to read and review All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. All the Bright Places cannot be described with one word. This book is tremendous in heartbreak, coping skills, love, loss and grabbing life and enjoying it while you can! The best line of the book is on page 23, "Some people hate him because they think he''s weird and he gets into fights and gets kicked out of school and does what he wants. Some people worship him because he''s weird and he gets into fights and gets kicked out of school and does what he wants." This statement sums up the reputation of Theodore Finch. Finch is a mystery to everyone. Finch and Violet share the narrative through alternating points of view. Finch struggles with depression and Violet suffers from survivor''s guilt. Violet''s sister died in a car accident not long before the story begins. The awkwardness and humor between Finch and Violet pulled me into the story and made me love both of their characters! When the two were paired together for a class project, their lives intermingled in many ways and they helped each other grow and enjoy life. All the Bright Places is a beautiful story of loss, love and what comes after. I appreciate that the author approached the stigma of needing help and the people we all know as fakers. The author''s notes were soul bearing for her and she discussed difficult topics that tend to be overlooked in our society; way to face the tough parts of human nature! 5 stars for this highly recommended book.
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jek
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This book is so beautiful. I fell in love with the characters Finch ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2017
This book is so beautiful. I fell in love with the characters Finch and Violet, two teenagers suffering with their own issues and sadness who find each other and fall in love. Niven has done an amazing job writing such realistic, multi-layered, interesting characters. The...See more
This book is so beautiful. I fell in love with the characters Finch and Violet, two teenagers suffering with their own issues and sadness who find each other and fall in love. Niven has done an amazing job writing such realistic, multi-layered, interesting characters. The story keeps a good pace and the pages turned quickly. The language, the conversations, the motifs (water, Virginia Woolf, suicide facts) are all beautifully written and placed. It deals with difficult issues of loss and surviving and left me in a puddle of tears, but I would recommend this book to anyone, it gives hope to those who have suffered loss. I read lots of books but this had such an impact I think I''ll have to have a few days of mourning before picking up another. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story Jennifer Niven.
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Shivam pandey
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Heart breaking,
Reviewed in India on March 28, 2019
I really really loved it. It is heart breaking story of theodore finch and violet markey. The story starts where finch is on the bell tower attempting to suicide and violet comes their and saves his life and becomes the hero of the school after this, even though violet is...See more
I really really loved it. It is heart breaking story of theodore finch and violet markey. The story starts where finch is on the bell tower attempting to suicide and violet comes their and saves his life and becomes the hero of the school after this, even though violet is also willing to kill herself due to death of her sister Eleanor one year back, both violet and fich get into a school project being a partner and they wander different amazing places across indiana and gradually violet learns to live from the boy who wants to die, both are in love and wandering but finch is not well with his suicide attempts and one day they found swollen death body of finch in lake and violet shatters again but she completes the project with the traces of finch.
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David Beeson
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Funny, poignant, inspiring
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2018
Jenifer Niven’s ''All the Bright Places'' starts off with its two main characters meeting, by chance, at the top of the bell tower of their school, from which each was contemplating jumping. They don’t, and that’s the mainspring of the story. Niven tells it powerfully,...See more
Jenifer Niven’s ''All the Bright Places'' starts off with its two main characters meeting, by chance, at the top of the bell tower of their school, from which each was contemplating jumping. They don’t, and that’s the mainspring of the story. Niven tells it powerfully, through the voice of each of the two in turn, not always in strict alternation, but always one or the other taking the narrative on or commenting on the same events from another point of view. They frequently use the present tense, giving the events they describe a powerful immediacy. It’s a tribute to Niven’s skill that she was able to create two distinct and believable voices in this way, and let them interplay so effectively. The first voice we hear is that of Theodore Finch, known as Finch, but by the many who dislike him in his high school as Theodore the Freak. There is a hint of why he’s viewed as freaky when he tells us ‘I don’t remember climbing up here. In fact, I don’t remember much of anything before Sunday, at least not anything so far this winter. This happens every time – the blanking out, the waking up… I can’t tell you what was different this time around, only that when I woke up, I felt deader than usual. Awake, yeah, but completely empty, like someone had been feasting on my blood.” Finding out just what he means by being asleep or awake is the main discovery we make about Finch as we work our way through the book. Violet Markey, on the other hand, is popular with everyone. She had, indeed, been a cheerleader until her life was blighted by a single, stark, shocking event for which she blames herself and with which she can’t come to terms. It is her pain that drives her, too, up to the top of the bell tower where she will find Finch, starting the relationship in which they learn so much about and from each other. At first, I was concerned about what kind of book I was going to read, not least because it was recommended to me by my thirteen-year old granddaughter. I wasn’t sure we had the same taste. Was this merely another of those cookie-cutter high-school kid stories? Young people at the end of their school days coming to terms with the urges that overtake adolescents, with the responsibilities of entering the adult world, with the hopes and disappointments around them? Were we going to get lots about makeup and baseball and love and sex in long conversations in coffee shops? But ''All the Bright Places'' only shares its background with those boilerplate tales. It is something far deeper and far more compelling: an account of two young people trying to deal, in completely different ways, with two different types of suffering; of their finding joy and hope and disappointment and despair; of handling them with humour and wit and insight. It’s an immensely funny, deeply poignant and strongly inspiring book which tells us a great deal about much we need to understand, while both entertaining and moving us as it does so. Above all, it’s well worth reading. My granddaughter was right.
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Emma
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Not as good as expected.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2018
This book was recommended to me after I finished reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon as I had loved that book so much. I feel like I have then went into All the Bright Places with very high expectations, and my lacklustre review is probably, at least partly, a...See more
This book was recommended to me after I finished reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon as I had loved that book so much. I feel like I have then went into All the Bright Places with very high expectations, and my lacklustre review is probably, at least partly, a consequence of that. I just couldn''t find myself connecting to the characters in the same way that I have with other love stories. Violet especially felt very underdeveloped, and I just couldn''t bring myself to care about her relationship with Finch as much as I could have. The story was obviously intended to be an emotional read, but I just didn''t get there. It is great that the authour is talking about mental health, but I just felt that with a bit more depth it could have had a much bigger impact.
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Lys
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Heartbreakingly lovely; beautifully poignant.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2018
Where, oh where, do I begin with this beautifully written, think-about-it-for-days novel? I won''t cover the plot, nor will I go into much detail. It''s not necessary. What I can tell you, as someone who sometimes enjoys a light YA read (at 29yrs old), has a long and...See more
Where, oh where, do I begin with this beautifully written, think-about-it-for-days novel? I won''t cover the plot, nor will I go into much detail. It''s not necessary. What I can tell you, as someone who sometimes enjoys a light YA read (at 29yrs old), has a long and continued history with mental health problems and who - much to my regret - rarely find books which pull me in and take me down with them, this one took me by surprise and ended up drawing me into a world which felt familiar and yet so wonderfully created to seem new. The novel covers mental health, that much is obvious, and the intricacies some sufferers find themselves tangled within; it offers to the reader two young people with very different lives who connect and create a deep (and beautifully cultured by Ms. Niven) bond through difficult and sometimes dark circumstances, likeable characters who I came to love deeply by the end (particularly Finch, whom I could identify with on almost every level); it also brings a sense of hope amidst all of the gritty, complicated corners, even when you don''t expect it to. I was charmed, to the point where I bought it yesterday, finished it last night and am going to read it again after I finish this review. What can I say? Ms. Niven''s easy, flowing prose and the exquisite twisting of this story have me sold entirely. Take a risk if you''re looking for an easy read with a lot of bite. Go into it with no expectations, and come out of it wishing for so much more, in so many ways. A final word: take care reading if you''ve experienced bereavement of a close family member, mental health issues or suicide ideation. It can cut a little close to the bone at times, even for a YA novel.
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