All the Bright Places

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Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,865 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best-selling love story about two teens who find each other while standing on the edge is soon to be a Netflix film starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith!

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might die. 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.

Please note: Includes a PDF Help Line Resource Guide, available in your Audible Library, and a Note read by the author.

©2014 Jennifer Niven (P)2014 Listening Library

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 11-15-19

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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  • 10-17-18

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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  • 07-12-20

Good book with a great story line :)

it was so amazing I loved it however it was triggering in some places so I'd suggest people who struggle with their mental health read with caution

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  • Chloe B.
  • 01-13-20

First audio book I’ve listened too

I’ve wanted to read this for a while, I’d picked up the book but never got round to reading it so thought I’d try to audio book.

Found that nothing much happened in the story in my opinion, the story was drawn out and a bit boring with nothing major happening.

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  • hello
  • 12-10-19

Not worth the hype

One of the worst books I’ve ever read! Sadly ditched half way through as I couldn’t take the terrible dialogue and unbelievable pace anymore

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  • Megan
  • 11-28-19

Oh my God.

Blown away. So beautiful and emotional. So real. Amazing. I would recommend this book to everyone!

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  • RosePetal86
  • 10-01-19

Beautifully written

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-19

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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  • Dawn Holder
  • 08-30-19

griping

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

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  • Silviana
  • 07-14-19

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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  • Lauren
  • 06-21-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

Great YA book

Great story dipping into the tough topic of suicide. Really highlights mental illness in relatable and understandable characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-20

best book ever

love it I was in tears it was way better than the movie love it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-20

Made me cry

I loved it so much. I wish I could experience it for the first time again.

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  • catherine
  • 02-05-20

Super tragic😢😢😢

This is a heart wrenching story, modernized Romeo and Juliet. From the title alone "All the Bright Places", I thought this is just a cliche of young adult novels whom high school students began from enemies to lovers. As the book progresses, hell it took a lot of my emotions and gut to continue listening this book. Finch and Violet made me realize that suicide happens not only because people are coward but there are other reasons why some people do so. Story is like 13 Reasons Why but this book made me realize that love is not enough for some to change their perception in life. There are a lot of factors and blaming oneself is not very helpful. The best thing we can do is that for them to make them feel they are not only loved but you will always be there no matter what. The narration is okay or maybe I'm just biased since I have favorite narrators. All in all this story is one to watch out for specially Netflix already made it into motion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-31-19

Loved it!

I bawled my eyes out.
This book is amazing, this book is needed and necessary.

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  • Emmerson92
  • 10-08-19

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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  • Veronika Leigh
  • 05-04-19

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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  • Stargirl456
  • 04-20-18

Beautiful

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-18

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.