“Is today a good day to die?”
A Red Raven Reads Review of “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
One fateful day, Theodore Finch meets Violet Markey atop the school bell tower. Whether either of them intend to jump, no one can say. Yet, this chance meeting creates the beginning of a relationship that is truly magical. We follow Finch and Violet throughout their romance and tragedies and are led to a final, earth-shattering conclusion.
This was truly a great read. I found myself laughing and crying right alongside the characters, both of whom felt impossibly real. The writing is sound, the plotting is good, and the pacing is excellent. I finished 75% of the book in one sitting, once I’d gotten into it. This book was whimsical, touching, and oh so very important in a day and age where suicide is a growing threat to teens.
There really wasn’t much “bad” to contend with in this story. However, at some parts the conclusions felt rushed or unnecessary, or even unrealistic. Though this is my personal view and not the view of everybody, it did sour the book a bit for me.
ATBP is a great read, and one I would recommend in a heartbeat to fans of YA contemporary. However, throughout the book, it felt like there was something namelessly missing. What it is I cannot say, but it felt as though there was a lack of “flesh” to grab on to.
Objectively, this is a fantastic book that easily deserves its rating of 4 stars.