Author(s): Jennifer Niven
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning
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 make more important discoveries: 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. And 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 an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
Includes a PDF Help Line Resource Guide and a Note Read by the Author.
Okay, a warning before you start this book: it is beautiful and insightful, but is also awful and soul-destroying - but in a good way; you know the good kind of awful that has you crying on your bedroom floor at 11 o’clock at night, and you try and stifle your cries so your parents won’t think you’re dying. I loved this book, I loved Finch and Violet, I loved their love and I wish for a love like theirs, but you know unfortunately I don’t know if that would be such a good thing. They meet on the edge of a bell tower as they are both contemplating jumping off. Finch has just woken from sleep and who is lost in the recesses of his own thoughts, and Violet is the ‘survivor’ of the car crash that killed her sister. Slowly they fall for each other, and you love it even though you know that no good can come from it. I think that I was a bit in love with Finch by the end. If you read this book (and I really think that you should) please be prepared and read the end by yourself, because if you’re anything like me it’s going to get to you. But don’t let that put you off, read it and read it again and love it so much. - Sara (17)
With a heady start for our two protagonists as each talks the other down from a bell tower, the tension and intrigue is set. A must for John Green and David Leviathan fans. You will love Finch and Violet. - Stella
Jennifer Niven is the author of two narrative non-fiction books, The Ice Master and Ada Blackjack; a high school memoir, The Aqua Net Diaries; and four historical novels for adults: Velva Jean Learns to Drive (based on her Emmy Award-winning film of the same name), Velva Jean Learns to Fly, Becoming Clementine, and the forthcoming American Blonde. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles and you can learn more about her at www.jenniferniven.com. All the Bright Places is her first book for young adults.