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All the Bright places

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on 14 April 2015

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Transcript of All the Bright places

Summary
This book is a love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And as the two go about "wandering" their state for a school project, they become infinitely closer. While Violet is trying to deal with her grief of the loss of her sister, Finch continues his struggle to 'stay awake'.
Major themes
Jennifer Niven
All the Bright Places was Jennifer Niven's first young adult novel. She's been writing since she was 10, and became a full time writer in 2000.
Theodore finch
vs.
Sir Lancelot Du Lac
Finch was the hero of his story despite his tragic ending. And, like Sir Lancelot, he yearned for and thrived on adventure. His passion for intelligence and the value of life made him the hero he eventually became. He saved lives and put others above himself in nearly every scenario. Sir Lancelot and Finch "wandered" but for different reasons. Finch was for his own personal experiences and learning. Lancelot wanted praise and victory.
Plot analysis
All the Bright Places
The exposition of the story is very short. It transitions right into the rising action and doesn't explain in depth about the characters. thus allowing you to discover their unique characteristics as the story unfolds. They meet on the ledge of a bell tower at school; a seemingly surprising place for Violet Markey to be, But not for Theodore finch. After the two help each other down, it is brought to the reader's knowledge that Theodore-freak is a social outcast and violet's extenuating circumstances (her sister's death in a car accident) are hindering them and keeping them from many beautiful parts of life.
The majority of this book is rising action. The two's relationship develops and each becomes very important to the other. as they wander their state and navigate their lives, each undergoes great personal changes. Violet's struggle with grief over losing her sister once clouded her view of life, making it so she could only wish for the future instead of living her life to the fullest. While finch changed her perspective and showed her what it was like to truly live, His world began to shrink as her world grew. Every day he thought of ways he might die, but every day he also searched for—and usually managed to find—something to keep him there, and alive, and awake. violet became his reason to 'be'.
The climax starts with a bottle of sleeping pills. one night, as finch is in a terrible, desperate state of mind, he takes too many. realizing what he has done, he literally runs to an emergency room. after he is alright, he goes to a support group for suicidal teenagers called 'life is life'. for finch, he fills it in with 'violet is life'. when she finds out about what has happened, they have an argument-she wants to help him; he doesn't need anyone's help. he. isn't. broken.
That's when finch disappears. with weekly emails to his mother and sister, they are assured he's okay, just distancing himself for some reason. and, as none of these emails are to or about her, violet convinces herself to try to get over finch (failing to do so). then the emails stop. its been almost eight months since he disappeared and he never missed an email. his panicked family calls violet to ask for her help and she goes to look for him. she looks at the place that was most important to them: a small blue lake with clear water and an endless bottom. she finds him. or rather his body. "Even when they bring the body up, swollen and bloated and blue, i think: 'That's not him. That's someone else. God let it be someone else.' "
the ending is short and sad. violet writes a short poem entitled "Dear person who committed suicide". she is even more broken than before as she has lost her two closest and best friends. Finch's family is falling apart, and violet draws into herself. there's a funeral, to which she wears finches clothes, and the book ends.
deep thinking
death
running
sleep
loss
pain
brightness
suicide
awake
exhaustion
"I know the words to every ABBA song. I can apply lipstick without looking in the mirror. I can run very fast for short periods of time. I can count to ten in japanese. "
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The thing i realize is, that it's not what you take, it's what you leave.
you are all the colors in one, at full brightness.
It's my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wished for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.
The problem with people is that they forget that most of the time it's the little things that count.
you have been in every way all that anyone could be... if anybody could have saved me it would have been you.
You make me lovely, and it's so lovely to be lovely to the one i love...
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
people rarely bring flowers to a suicide.
and in that moment there's nothing i fear except losing hold of her hand.
Do you think there is such thing as a perfect day?

A perfect day. Start to finish. When nothing terrible or sad or ordinary happens. Do you think it's possible?

Have you ever had one?

I've never had one either but I'm looking for it.
What?


I don't know.

No.
But the thing is, they were all perfect days.
You saved my life. why couldn't I have saved yours.
There is so much
pain
in this book. It is in the very nature of the characters. For finch it has been since he was first brought into this world; with an abusive father, a negligent mother, harassment at school, and a broken mind, pain was familiar to him. For Violet, she felt grief and guilt over her sister's death from which it takes her a long time to recover. And after Finch's suicide, it is uncertain where her life will go with her newly found pain.
Finch was a
deep thinker
. From a fascination with philosophy to spouting useless intriguing facts, pondering life in great depth was his hobby. He was, all in all, an amazing human being. His keen mind and soft heart were an asset to all that allowed him into their lives. He brought light and life to others when he could not bring it to himself. The bright places he sought became close to his heart as he captured and held each one for as long as he could. Violet was his brightest place.
Sleep was something Finch dreaded and Violet craved. Finch would spend nights literally running around town, researching, writing songs, singing, repainting and rearranging his room, and anything else he could find to do to avoid sleeping. Violet, at the beginning of the book, sought an escape from her consciousness. Guilt and pain over her sister plagued her and life was generally difficult for her to deal with. But near the end, the two contrast from their initial views on sleeping as Violet learns to stop running from her dreams and Finch enters an eternal sleep.
running
was finch's alternative to sleeping. it was his therapy and his safe place. for violet, running was more figurative. as she felt detached from her family and friends she wanted to run from her own life and escape into a make-believe world. wishing and wanting for bliss that she only found with finch, and even then she didn't have to run from herself. THey ran to each other.
Violet is
exhausted
at the beginning and finch is exhausted at the end. but finch brought her life, as she did to him and for a time they navigated their tiring world together.
Death was apparent as a major theme. With the death of Violet's sister, both Violet and Finch almost jumping off a bell tower, a dead cardinal(a sad story in Finch' childhood), Finch's constant facts about suicide, and eventually Finch's own suicide, each brought a certain level of heaviness to the story.
Letter to Someone Who Committed Suicide
By Violet Markey

Where are you? And why did you go? I guess I'll never know this. Was it because I made you mad? Because I tried to help? Because I didn't answer when you threw rocks at my window? What if I had answered? What would you have said to me? Would I have been able to talk you into staying or talk you out of doing what you did? Or would that have happened anyway?

Do you know my life is forever changed now? I used to think that was true because you came into it and showed me Indiana and, in doing that, forced me out of my room and into the world. Even when we weren't wandering, even from the floor of your closet, you showed the world to me. I didn't know that my life forever changing would be because you loved me and then left, and in such a final way.

So I guess there was no Great Manifesto after all, even though you made me believe there was. I guess there was only a school project.

I'll never forgive you for leaving me. I just wish you could forgive me. You saved my life.

Why couldn't I save yours?

THis novel was modern. it addressed many different problems with the world and with teenagers. it was relatable and showed people the real side of adolescents dealing with pain. The sense of loss and hopelessness is one that almost anyone can relate to.
"Every single person you know has something in their life and past that is probably worth collapsing to the ground in an uncontrollably sobbing heap over, so be nice to each other and tell good jokes."
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