Published by Knopf on January 6th 2015
Genre: Young Adult
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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.
A lot of the time when I hear a book is comparable to another book I tend to roll my eyes, however the comparison of this book to Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars is pretty spot on. I love both those books so of course I loved All the Bright Places. I loved the story, I loved the writing, and I loved the characters especially Finch. Just they way he spoke made me smile and want to be his friend. Also the underlying current of mental illness/depression was written about so beautifully. I don’t want to give too much away so all I will say is definitely add this to your TBR list!
“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.”
“You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.”
“I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away. You can’t stop yourself from going away either. I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping.”
“What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good? This is what I want to do with Violet – give her only the good, keep away the bad, so that good is all we ever have around us.”
“You deserve better. I can’t promise you I’ll stay around, not because I don’t want to. It’s hard to explain. I’m a fuckup. I’m broken, and no one can fix it. I’ve tried. I’m still trying. I can’t love anyone because it’s not fair to anyone who loves me back. I’ll never hurt you, not like I want to hurt Roamer. But I can’t promise I won’t pick you apart, piece by piece, until you’re in a thousand pieces, just like me. You should know what you’re getting into before getting involved.”
“You saved my life. Why couldn’t I save yours?”