All the Bright Places
Penguin Books 2015 $18.00pb 388pp
ISBN 978 0 1413 5703 4
Themes: Death (of a sister)/ Depression/ igh school life
High School Life/ Love stories/ Suicide
A love story set in an American High School about two young people obsessed with the ideas of death and life. Theodore who wants to die and seeks desperately to find ways of doing this only to be thwarted each time by small things that make him see the positive side of living. Then there is Violet who counts the days until she can leave her small town, go somewhere where she can forget her sister’s recent death and really ‘start to live’. But Theodore and Violet are thrown together on a class project and their lives change. Told from the POV of the two main characters this is an absorbing read, sometimes very funny and thought provoking but librarians buying for collections should be aware of the component of suicide and the ways Theodore investigates how he can kill himself.
It is worth Googling the writer as this is her first book for young adults and she has an interesting ‘history’.Year 9 up/ Age13 up (and adults)