All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, is a bittersweet, heart-pulling book about two teenagers. Theodore Finch (commonly called Theodore “Freak” Finch) is an outgoing, restless artist who is suicidal. Violet Markey is a popular girl who survived a car crash that killed her older sister. When Violet and Finch meet each other, Finch must talk Violet out of jumping off the bell tower. When Finch chooses Violet for a school project, they fall in love. Through the highs and lows of having a relationship this complicated, Finch and Violet care about each other and nothing can break that love.

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year (along with Dear Evan Hansen and Jane, Unlimited) because it expresses love and transformation. It helps me to imagine Finch as an ecosystem that guides Violet through adaptation. My favorite part is when Violet and Finch sit in his closet, and Finch has a whole display ready for Violet. It gives you the lovely thought that they have gotten so much farther in life than they thought they would. I recommend this book to any age who wants to read or learn more about change and undeniable, heartwarming love.

Caroline is a twelve-year-old student from Hoboken who likes to write A LOT! some of the things she likes to do besides write is sing, paint, and play basketball.

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