Teen Book Review: All the Bright Places

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Lauryn L. has given All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven a five-star review.

It is about a girl named Violet and a boy named Theodore, who meet on the Bell Tower of the school, both planning to commit suicide that day. Ever since her sister’s death, Violet has been counting down the days until graduation, while Theodore has been trying to stay “awake”. It isn’t clear who saves whom, but when Violet and Theodore are paired for a school project, they decide to explore all the wonders of Indiana, embarking on an incredible journey to experience all the bright places in their small town. As Violet and Theodore grow closer, Violet realizes that instead of counting down the days, she needs to start living them. When she learns of Theodore’s own demons, she tries to save him before it’s too late.

This is a beautiful, unflinching story that will leave you haunted long after reading the last page. Told in Violet’s and Theodore’s point of view in alternating chapters, it is a book you won’t be able to put down. The characters are brought to life through well-crafted and engaging narration that gives an authentic look into the life and struggles of each of the characters. I highly recommend this book.

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