All the Bright Places

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Compelling teen romance tackles suicide, finds hope.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 86 reviews

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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 16+

Great read, not for young teens.

All the bright places is a well written, immensely developed novel. For dealing with such sensitive topics (depression, suicide, domestic violence & drugs), Jennifer has done a fantastic job of integrating the moments of hope so many people who deal with these things so often overlook. The issue with this book, as with many other YA novels, is that younger teens (13-15) are often not yet mature enough to get past the omg romance to appreciate the severity of the situation the novel is based around, taking the meaning for the novel from awareness to ~*sooooo cute. Definitely recommend this novel for older teens who are able to empathise on a better level. Also this novel proved to need a large trigger warning for anyone who has suffered any of the aforementioned issues as it does not skirt lightly about the issues and methods and violence associated.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
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