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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.

©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.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Emma
  • Edina, Minnesota, United States
  • 04-21-15

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sweet and sad

Perfect balanse between sweet and sad. A weirdo who is funny and a depress girl. I enjoyed it very much!

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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)

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Such a downer

If you love suicidal teens then this is the book for you otherwise steer clear! the naration was great and made it easy to listen to but the story was just too much.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • jaredean
  • PROVO, UT, United States
  • 12-07-15

Couldn't last 20 minutes...

This could be considered a minor spoiler, but since it happens in the first 15 minutes it is only minor...

I can't continue to listen to a book that sets up its premise the way this one has. There are two kids from a high school standing on a tall structure on campus, both close to jumping to their death. One is a popular girl, one is an unpopular boy. It is by chance they both happen to be up there at the same time. I have no problem with the story beginning this way, but the absolutely asinine way the "crowd" behaves below them is why i will be getting my credit back right after hitting "submit" on this review.

I don't know what pissed me off more about the depiction of "high school" in this beginning - the way a kid on the ground yelled, "why don't you go ahead and get it over with freak" to the unpopular boy, the way the other kids LAUGHED at that or the way the school councilor GLARED at the boy about to jump. REALLY??? A school counselor GLARING at a boy about to commit suicide???

I understand the need for an author to establish the "good vs bad" characters in a story, but this one is so far beyond realistic it honestly pissed me off. My wife is a counselor and, although they aren't perfect, at heart all of the ones i've known would never in a million years treat a potential suicide that way. Plus a crowd of kids laughing at someone about to jump??? Seriously???

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

I loved this book even though I had a feeling of how it was going to end. I knew it was going to be heartbreaking because it needed to be for the story to be told. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey were different. Finch was often times made fun of at school, being called a "freak". He never cared too much what people thought of him. Violet was popular and had a lot of friends. She lost her sister in a car accident months ago. She was in the car with Eleanor when she died. Since then, she's felt stuck, oftentimes playing the "I'm just not ready yet" card when she didn't want to do something, suffering from some type of PTSD. Not really moving forward, she's counting down the days until graduation. Even though they go to the same school, the first time Violet and Finch interact with each other is when they're both on the ledge at the top of the bell tower at school. Finch is up there, contemplating suicide which is something he does often. Finch talks Violet off the ledge and because they've attracted an audience, he makes it seem as if Violet saved him and not the other way around. It's clear pretty early on that Finch suffers from some type of mental illness, most likely bipolar. When they're paired up on a school project to discover the natural wonders of their state, they discover more about themselves and each other. It is only with Violet that he is able to be himself and feel loved for who he is. It is only with Finch that Violet is able to start living again. She learns how to live from a boy who wants to die. The book is beautifully written and the characters were very well-developed. This book made me laugh and cry and smile. It gave a realistic look into mental illness and the stigma often associated with it. Dual POV.

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  • Lou
  • 01-17-15

Stunning performance, but....

The performance of this is absolutely stunning, and I like the concept of the story. I just find myself struggling to connect with the ralationship between Violet and Finch. I feel a connection to Finch and his outcast status and dreamy personality, I think most of us would. I also feel a connection to Violet as the person who like all of us, is lying for social acceptance. But that's almost my problem with the whole thing. I don't know what Finch sees in her, when she is so outwardly similar to Amanda, and with all her bitching and pushing him away, I can't understand how she manages to see into him or he into her. So although I like both of them, and I enjoyed their separate narratives, I found the whole thing a bit disjointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nickoli Jones
  • 04-17-18

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
  • 01-28-18

Amazing story

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

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  • D'Angeli Giulia
  • 11-30-17

Important issues discussed but bland story

This was my first purchase on audible and hopefully next one will be more my style.
I appreciated that the story shines a light on a very critical issue that is plaguing humanity and it’s never discussed enough. However I found the story a bit bland, immature and extremely simple.
Probably meant for a younger audience.

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  • Franziska
  • 11-19-17

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
  • 10-15-17

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

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  • Dr. V. S. Richards
  • 08-27-17

AMAZING

I first got this book for a car journey with my mum and I couldn't stop listening !!! It's amazing and I won't say more at risk of spoiling.Apart from germ magazine is real and super cool

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  • Mrs E D Thomas
  • 08-10-17

AMAZING

This book made me cry on the first page... when I fist heard about it I didn't think anything of it and then I r ad it and couldn't stop crying

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  • Megan Gallagher
  • 06-15-17

Just amazing and devastating and so important

This was one of the best books I've ever read/ listened to and yet I doubt I'l re-listen like I do my other favourites. The characters feel so real to me that I don't think I could live through their pain again but I would never take back that I read it. It helped me understand my own mental illness and suicidal thoughts (which passed a year ago). So important and so lovely. Enjoy.

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  • Lola Bergen
  • 05-27-17

Amazing Book

My FAVOURITE book!! Voice takes about a chapter of getting used to but fine! Fabulous 👌👌

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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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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-17

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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  • Emma
  • 07-21-17

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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  • Allyce Clifton
  • 06-29-17

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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  • Reece
  • 05-19-16

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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  • Serena
  • 10-16-15

Wow

Great narration. So interesting to show love, loss, mental illness and life through the eyes of a boy and girl who are just trying to understand and love the best they can with what they've been dealt with in life. Surprisingly not that emotionally heavy or depressive even though the subject matter is about loss and dealing with mental illness. It's shown in a beautiful, mostly light hearted way. Had me smiling and in tears.

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  • Beth
  • 01-18-15

Heart braking beautiful

It's a perfict book if you want to cry, the true raw nature of this book, with its not shing away from a taboo topic make it a refreshing book