January Buzz Book:
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 discover two very important things . . .
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. 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. This is a heartbreaking and beautiful novel about two people dealing with their demons while finding a friendship and love that changes them both forever.
“Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“In her YA debut, adult author Niven creates a romance so fresh and funny . . . The journey to, through, and past tragedy is romantic and heartbreaking, as characters and readers confront darkness, joy, and the possibilities – and limits – of love in the face of mental illness.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The writing in this heartrending novel is fluid, despite the difficult topics . . . Finch in particular will linger in readers’ minds long after the last page is turned.”
—School Library Journal, starred review