The story of a boy called Finch and a girl named Violet . . .
Violet, who’s sister has died in a car accident, and Finch, who is obsessed with death, meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school and end up saving each other. All The Bright Places is the story of how their lives come together, and the mark that death and mental illness leave on the lives of those who are around it.
This story is one that is so important, and I felt that it was dealt with so well. It was not this romanticized thing, but something that could be helped and needed to be helped. The way it was portrayed, as this ruthless disease, was so real and it was heartbreaking.
The relationship between Violet and Finch was very organic, and reading about each from the other’s point of view, the way they grew on each other was very believable. They were not dependent on each other, but were two separate people that helped each other grow. The two separate point of views were also very well done, each voice coming through clearly each time.
Violet and Finch were strong characters, with an abundance of charming qualities as well as flaws. Their flaws are what made them more relatable and believable. I was amazed at how much I loved all the background characters. Almost all of them were three dimensional and developed. And the parental presence for each main character was so different, but so important in shaping their characters (something you don’t see often in YA).
There is also a Help Line Resource Guide included in the back of my hardcover copy.
Overall a heart wrenching and very authentic story that I could hardly put down.