Parents' Guide to

All the Bright Places

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling teen romance tackles suicide, finds hope.

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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+


This book really punched me in the gut. I was not expecting such a touching portrayal of a teen who is battling mental illness and those who try to love him. While the book does have lots of questionable language, and the main characters do engage in a sexual relationship, I think that the message of the book is something worth hearing and reading. As a someone whose brother committed suicide as a teen, I find great solace in the fact that someone tackled this heavy and heartbreaking issue that not many want to touch. Finch wanted so much to "stay awake" to the possibility of life, but the burden was too great.
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age 13+
Such a good book, my 13 year old daughter loved it. Deals with topics that may be sensitive for many. Such as suicide, drug use and romance. It talks about sex but nothing ever happened. Great messages. There was some violence but not much. There was a lot of cursing though. Great book definitely recommend.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (90 ):

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is a heartbreakingly vivid story that ultimately conveys hope while remaining true to the characters. Author Jennifer Niven's believable, relatable voices alternate between high school seniors Finch and Violet, but it's Finch's voice that really drives the novel. Engrossing and compelling, like watching a train wreck, Finch's authenticity and vulnerability keep the pages turning and the reader rooting for him to make his way through this world. Violet's voice is equally realistic and believable, and teens will really relate to her struggles to emerge from grief even if they haven't experienced grief themselves.

Niven raises a lot of questions about life, death, suicide, mental illness, physical and emotional abuse, and how we stigmatize those who suffer from pain we can't see. She doesn't spoon-feed any answers, but these issues are things we all think about from time to time, and this novel provides a visceral, beautiful way to start a crucial discussion.

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