All the Bright Places Review


About: All the Bright Places is a realistic fiction novel written by Jennifer Niven. This book was published on 1/6/2015 by Knopf, 378 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, romance, fiction, mental illness, etc. The author has a new book coming out called Holding Up the Universe and it’s currently available on NetGalley. Go request your ARC everyone!


My Experience: I started reading All the Bright Places on 10/2/16 and finished it on 10/4/16. I had to push this book up my TBR list because I have heard many compliments and I just couldn’t help myself. The cover is cute and light hearted and I do need a change in scenery after my last read. It’s a read least expected. Overall, the book is a good read for someone who is sad and needed to be reminded to look at the bright side. I usually keep myself happy by reminding myself to think positive and so reading this book, I find that it’s depressing. Due to this book being fiction, I don’t know if the so-called facts were truth or made up. In general, the topic is important and should be reminded, especially to those unhappy individuals. I normally blame the parents for their lack of hands on family quality time with their kids that cause them to be unhappy and withdrawal. I also blame parents for the physical discipline that cause long-term damage to individuals. But then there are individuals that are born with these labels that the doctors give out and then my blames doesn’t work in these situations anymore because they are beyond our control.. they must be due to the GMO foods we ate, the medications we took, the chemicals we are exposed, etc. And the bullying is the worst of all.

This book has ups and downs like a moody person. I don’t like reading the different ways a person can end his/her life and fiction facts of the deaths of those so-called famous people. The book mentioned a lot about Virginia Wolf. A fiction book is a made up story but is any of these truth? I’m confused reading this part, which takes up majority of the book. I do like that the author allows the main characters to take a moment and smell the flower so to speak. They explore different places that are unique and places no one goes out of their way to see. I like when Theo and his sister separate out the good words from the mean words.

I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257 foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person. 286/1028.

Theodore Finch is smart but grew up in a broken home. I am angry at the mom for being self-absorbed and not put herself aside so that she can be strong for her kids. I am angry at his dad for the physical discipline he gives and then walks away as if none is his problem. Theo is either ignored or bullied. Such a sad, sad life. Years of abuse, what can one expect? The adults disappointed him so he turns away from their help.

Violet Markey grew up in a loving family. She lost her sister to an accident. She took it hard and Theodore Finch came along and bring her out of her shell. He introduces her to different places and see new things.. wandering. She was able to love again and to look at people in a different way. Those people that popular girls like her used to ignore, she became their friends. She believes in the adults because her parents always look out for her.

Update: from my discussion with Jackie B @ deathbytsundoku, I have learned that the references to Virginia Woolf is real and the death statistics are real. I read about Virginia Woolf’s early childhood and her death and I am liking this book more, so I add another half star to my rating.


Pro: a reminder to look at the bright side, explore the uniqueness of where you live, be a good friend, be a happy family, supportive, to think of others

Con: realistic fiction – how much is real? those so-called facts – is it truth? I’m confused.

I rate it 4.5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository

***Disclaimer: I borrowed this ebook from my library on Overdrive and my opinions are honest.


28 thoughts on “All the Bright Places Review

  1. Nyse says:

    I’m so glad you wrote a book review about this, I ser adverts of this book all around but I never acquired someone’s perspective of the book, it seems like a very profound book. Thanks for your review, I’ll aim to give this book a go! I rate your review 5 Stars 🌟! 😃

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    • Jasmine says:

      Thanks! And I need to update my review a bit after discussing with other bloggers that the quote references in this book are real. So it’s actually a good book to read just to be aware and to remind how precious life can be.

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  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I’m so glad to read your review. I read this book myself last March, but I could never bring myself to sit down and write my review. It’s just too intense! I think the point is that you’re not supposed to know all the facts– that’s the trouble with mental illness, it is an unbalancing of the brain chemistry, and you can’t get a clear answer all the time. People burdened with mental illness have a different belief set than those who don’t, and it’s impossible to decypher.

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  3. maptomercury says:

    Hi! This is my favorite book! and I agree with your thinking. This is kinda depressing and the moods swings are all over the place! I love it because I’m always thinking about it from the bright side. This book left me a hole and the book hangover… it was looooong… maybe like 6 months. Yup 6 months. I want to read it so many times but I’m afraid it will do the same to me.

    P.S. Great review

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    • Jasmine says:

      6 months book hangover..OMG! I do like the positive message the author is telling us. Theo is such a great guy and to have this happened to him, it’s a big loss. That’s good that you are looking at the bright side of things. The bright side is reading this book and walk away with the eagerness to do your own wandering than to feel sad for the unfortunate people who are going through what Theo went. It’s difficult to cast aside those people but we just have to let the professional takes care of them and I know there are a lot of support groups available, but like the book has, you can’t help them when they don’t want to be helped. So all you can do is help yourself and keep yourself, family, and friends happy 😊


  4. Girl Who Reads says:

    I am so happy that you read this book! I was a little confused too about the facts?! I just told myself that it was for the book, I don’t really know? Anyhow, I’m glad you read it!!! 🙂

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    • Jasmine says:

      I will have to go read your review in detail. I’m glad to read it too even if it’s a bit depressing. It reminds me to go out more, visit small unique places, get to know someone you don’t normally talk to, and to look at the bright side of things 😊

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