All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
They are both at a crossroads. Life? Or death?
For Finch, stepping off the ledge would be a way of taking control of his life, taking back his choices by choosing when to make it stop. Choosing not to listen to Gabe Romero and all the other locker room jerks who call him Theodore Freak. Choosing when to go to sleep, instead of sleep choosing him. He’s not even quite sure how he got up there, on this cold January day, when he really doesn’t remember too much of anything since before Thanksgiving.
For Violet, it’s more more about removing the choices from her life. The endless decisions, what to eat, what to wear, what to think, what to write, where to go to college, who to choose as a partner for a school project, choices that she just isn’t interested in making without Eleanor. That she just can’t make without Eleanor. Eleanor, who died in the car crash last spring that Violet survived. How is a girl supposed to go through life without her big sister and best friend?
But Violet and Finch save each other. And when they walk down the stairs from the bell tower, it’s not back to the same life they left when they climbed up.
Working together on a school project to discover the odd corners of their home state of Indiana, Violet and Finch embark on an epic journey. A quest to find life, and all the strange, quiet moments the world has to offer. A journey toward and through and around blue holes, giant balls of paint, rare birds, spring flowers in winter, backyard roller coasters, the highest point in Indiana (1,257 feet in elevation), Chinese food, and all the stars in the sky. A journey that is all about living life fully awake. But as Violet finds herself slowly coming alive again, and realizing that her world is bigger and brighter with Finch in it, Finch’s world starts to narrow and dim, with Violet one of the few bright stars to light his path. Can Violet save him? Or is the only person you can save yourself?
Sweet, sad, funny, heart-wrenching, and rare, raw, and honest, this is the story of two people trying to figure out how to be in a world that gives you both ugly and beautiful moments, sometimes all in the same day. If you love Gayle Forman’s books, Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock really made you think, Laurie Halse Anderson’s books hold a place of honor on your shelves and in your heart, Jandy Nelson’s books are everything that you ever felt ever, or you tore through Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, Jennifer Niven’s YA debut is definitely one to add to your to-read pile this spring.