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Sunday, 4 January 2015

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Published by: Penguin Random House UK
Publication date: 8th January 2015
Pages: 378
Genres: YA Contemporary/Romance/Mental Illness
Format: Paperback
Source: Won.

Theodore Finch wants to take his own life.

"I'm a fuck-up, I'm broken and no one can fix it."

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister's death.

"In that instant we went ploughing through the guard rail, my words died too."

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It's only together they can be themselves...

"I send a message to Violet: 'You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.'"

"You're so weird, Finch. But that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me."

But, as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. Can they save each other through their words and wanderings - and the magic of their love?

You know how most YA books these days seem to be "the next The Fault in Our Stars" or "the next Eleanor and Park"? I have finally found one that actually lives up to those comparisons.

I know. This is huge.

All the Bright Places is beautifully raw and honest, and maturely deals with topics such as depression, bipolar disorder, bulimia and suicide, among other things such as physical abuse, grief and first love. You all know by now that I'm a big fan of YA books that include mental illnesses because so many young people are dealing with that kind of thing every single day. For a long time, a lot of authors didn't dare to approach the topic, and a lot still don't. Because of that, All the Bright Places is incredibly important.

Not only that but, in the book, Violet Markey has the idea to create an online magazine called Germ, which aims to inspire young girls and help them to grow in all aspects of life. And guess what? It's real! I love it when websites mentioned in books are actually real and accessible to readers, and I think, with this and what I mentioned in the paragraph beforehand, Niven has written a book that has the power to help so many people.

If you're after a book with the same vibe as The Fault in Our Stars, whilst still being completely phenomenal in its own right, this is the book you need. As I said, it's an incredibly important book and I urge you to please, please read it. Touching, poignant, honest and thought-provoking, All the Bright Places is a wonderful novel I think everyone should read as it's going to be the book of 2015.
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview the wonderful Jennifer Niven about All the Bright Places and you'll be able to read it over on the Penguin blog soon!



  1. I am so excited for this book. I am waiting for it to come out on audio. I have it pre-ordered. I love mental issue books too. I like to learn about the different mental issues and try to understand them. This sounds like a great book.

  2. I've heard amazing things about this book - I'm glad you enjoyed it! Fantastic review, Amber! :)

  3. What an amazing book. Definitely lived up to the comparison.

  4. Yay! We already have a book for 2015 and it's not even 3 or 4 days in. Sounds like a really good contemporary to read, will check out.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (

    1. You should! I think you'd like it, and I think it was published today in the US. :)

  5. I wasn't sure about this book, but I think your review pushed me into the HECK YES category! Can't wait to read it now!

  6. I very rarely read YA Contemporary and when I have it has been a review book every time, except once. I guess you could say I am uber picky about contemps, but this book has been getting high praise from readers of all different genres, so yeah, I guess I'll be reading this one. Thanks for the review.

  7. I keep seeing the cover, but never really looked into this. Now goes on my list to get at Barnes and Noble this weekend. I've never read The Fault in Our Stars, so I can't compare, but judging by the hype-storm for TFIOS, I'm excited.

    I also love when books deal with mental illness, as it is a huge issue that teens face. My best friend in the world has to deal with it every day, and I'm glad this books exists, at least to get a dialogue started.

  8. I just finished this book today and I was loving it all the way up until 60 pages from the end. I felt really let down by the ending as it felt predictable to me and like it was trying too hard to be an Eleanor and Park/TFIOS cross over. I ended up giving it 3 stars. I think I realised that I wasn't enjoying it towards the end when I was trying to finish it quickly, not because i wanted to know what happened but because I wanted to watch TV.... I will do a full review explaining my reviews more later on next week on my blog. Its strange I really thought I was going to love it all.


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