The Zoella Book Club: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Zoella Book Club: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

This is a compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.

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. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

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Finch and Violet form an unlikely friendship after meeting at the top of the school’s bell tower. Finch is both fascinated with death and desperate to find something to make him feel ‘Awake’, while Violet is struggling to cope after surviving the car crash that recently killed her sister. The pair coax each other away from the ledge and from that moment Finch is intrigued by Violet. He chooses her as a partner for a class project in which they must explore the wonders of Indiana, and as they get to know each other through the project and over instant messenger conversations, they begin to form a tentative friendship. Can they find beauty in the world together? And what will they discover about themselves when with each other?

All the Bright Places is a profound and unforgettable story of finding meaning and joy in life, filled with inspirational and meaningful quotes that will make you want to comb through this book with a pad of post-it notes. Told from both Finch and Violet’s perspectives, Jennifer Niven writes with emotion, intelligence and energy to create a story that is completely unforgettable. Raw, heartfelt and candid, All the Bright Places explicitly addresses themes of mental health, suicide, grief and abuse, and features strong language, sexual content, alcohol and smoking.

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All the Bright Places Events

We have some truly exciting online events lined up for the Zoella Book Club to encourage readers to discuss the books with fellow readers and with the authors themselves! You can talk about your favourite characters, discuss your favourite scenes, share your own experiences related to the books and ask any burning questions you have since turning the last page. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet like-minded readers and ask your unanswered questions.

Jennifer Niven Biography

Jennifer Niven

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Niven has always wanted to be a Charlie’s Angel, but her true passion is writing.

Her most recent book, All the Bright Places, is her first novel for young adult readers and tells the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.

All the Bright Places is an international bestseller. It was the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2015, and named a Best Book of the Year by Time Magazine, the Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, BuzzFeed and others. It was also the SCIBA’s Young Adult Book of the Year and nominated for the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

The movie rights have been optioned with Elle Fanning attached to star and Jennifer writing the script.

As a companion to the book, Jennifer has created Germ (, a web magazine for and run by girls (and boys) – high school and beyond – that celebrates beginnings, futures and all the amazing and agonizing moments in between.

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2 thoughts on “The Zoella Book Club: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

  1. I genuinely enjoy this book, if it wasn’t for this book I would not have found the world to explain how I feel on a day to day basis! I also would like to thank Jennifer again as it has helped me to become more open with my family about my depression! I enjoy the way Finch is lasses as the loser kid in his school and it makes me happy to know that he who wants to die saves her who falls madly in love with him for it! I will continue to read this book in order to continue to read sentences and passages from it to explain to my family how I feel! This has truly helped, 7 years it’s within the 7th year that I’ve been able to explain anything and be more open!❤️❤️

  2. I love this book because it really talks about issues that a lot of books don’t. Also, All the Bright Places takes place in my state so it will always have a special place in my heart!

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