“I should mention that I am a brilliant deflector.”

“I’m waiting for something. I have no idea what.”

“My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery–always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud.”

“When we’re in the act of wandering, we need to be present, not watching it through a lens.”

“I would have written till it was out of me and on the page.”

“Sorry wastes time. you have to live your life like you’ll never be sorry. It’s easier to just to do the right thing from the start so there’s nothing to apologize for.”

“Headaches are a part of it. It’s like my brain is firing so fast that it can’t keep up with itself. Words. Colors. Sounds. Sometimes everything else fades into the background and all I’m left with is sound.”

“I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away. You can’t stop yourself from going away either. I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping. That’s all on me too.”

“I’ve learned the hard way that the best thing to do is say nothing about what you’re really thinking. If you say nothing, they’ll assume you’re thinking nothing, only what you let them see.”

“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.”

“Life will get better, and it isn’t only hard times and hard people, that there are bright spots too.”

“What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good? Keep away the bad, so that good is all we ever have around us.”

“‘Lovely’ is a lovely word that should be used more often.”

“In this house there’s no such thing as being sick unless you can measure it with a thermometer under the tongue. Things fall into categories of black and white–bad mood, bad temper, loses control, feels sad, feels blue.”

“Things feel true to us even if they’re not.”

“I’m afraid of me.”

“It’s like I’ve got this angry little person inside me, and I can feel him trying to get out. He’s running out of room because he’s growing bigger and bigger, and so he starts rising up, into my lungs, chest, throat, and I just push him right back down. I don’t want him to come out. I can’t let him out.”

“Jealousy is a mean, unpleasant feeling that only eats you from the inside.”

“Disguise the pain. Don’t call attention. Don’t be noticed.”

“We are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial.”

“I am broken. I am a fraud. I am impossible to love.”

“I get into these moods sometimes, and I can’t shake them.–Kind of black, sinking moods. I imagine it’s what being in the eye of a tornado would be like, all calm and blinding at the same time. I hate them.”

“The cadence of suffering has begun. – Cesare Pavese. I am in pieces.”

“Doesn’t anyone care why he comes and goes? Have you ever stopped to think that something might be wrong with this?”

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

“Your hope lies in accepting your life as it now lies before you, forever changed. If you can do that, the peace you seek will follow.”

“We can’t always see what others don’t want us to. Especially when they go to great lengths to hide it.”

“No one will even miss me. They won’t know I’m gone. The world will go on, and it won’t matter that I’m not here. Maybe it’s better if I was never here.”

“The thing I realize is that it’s not what you take it’s what you leave.”




I finished this book awhile ago, it’s a fun read I must say but also quite emotional. I love the depth of Theodore Finch’s character. I love how the two main characters really helped each other to hold on to life, I love the way how Finch was very determined to fix himself for Violet and to keep an eye on her, I see Finch as a very heroic character because until the end he still kinda helped Violet to live out her life and to continue her journey. Sadly for Violet he couldn’t save Finch, there is this one line in her letter to Finch after he died that quite struck me, “You saved my life. Why couldn’t I save yours?”.

The thing about this book is that a broken girl meets a suicidal guy, you would think it would be chaos but no they helped each other. Finch helped Violet to move past her fears and go on with her life and Violet unconsciously helped Finch to hold on, Finch found Violet as the reason to stay a little longer until it went really bad for him. Maybe that is life, you just really need a reason and a purpose to stay, you need that Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect in your life just like how Finch described Violet in his life, “The only person I want to see. My Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect.”

This book had me forever changed. Read it for yourself. Check out other reviews at goodreads πŸ™‚

8 thoughts on “ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

  1. I usually love reading books and making reviews about them. Mostly I appreciate those reviews which show the ‘brighter’ side of what the book was about. Criticisms are fine as long as they are being made for the sake of correction or improvement. However I prefer those reviews which have picked out something positive, something useful, something worth learning from even if the book has been a total mess altogether.
    Therefore I felt compelled to comment on ur blog since it focused on what you learnt and liked.

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  2. So many great lines from that book. Isn’t it wonderful when a book can resonate with you so completely that it does change you. I’ve read a few of those! πŸ™‚

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  3. This book sounds like a very important read for those people who are drawn to it. There are so many books on the planet, and I have read quite a lot of them. I find that I’m drawn to a book at a certain time, and for a certain purpose. It’s to learn and grow from a place of strength and Grace.

    This book is also deep. I looked at other reviews and wow…deep. It’s also sad. Suicide is sad. What could leave a body so empty? Has the spirit left entirely before a person decides to check out?

    I wondered whether the author may have gone through something similar. The beginning of the book makes it plan that everything in the book comes directly from the author’s imagination. I’m actually relieved. I hope people learn from this book, then move to their highest and best vantage points so that they can see how life can be lived on a different timeline.


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