This recently published YA lit is also slated to be made into a movie! I wasn’t sure what to expect when cracking open All the Bright Places but I was happy with what I found. Niven uses the seemingly increasing in popularity, multiple point of view narrative technique, to put you inside the heads of two teens, Violet, and Finch.
Throughout the book you discover that both have demons they are wrestling. The issues dealt with in this book are numerous, and intense. Depression, suicide, death of loved ones, divorce, abuse, sexual contact are all touched on. I believe each is dealt with largely in a realistic way. The sexual contact could, in my opinion, focus a little attention on practicing safe sex however it is not overly explicit and I’d be comfortable with high school students reading it.
Though there is a male and a female protagonist I feel this book will appeal much more to female teens. I think it is appropriate for 11th and 12th graders. I would be reluctant to just leave it on my bookshelf in the classroom because of the potential to trigger students who have been touched by the above mentioned issues. In the past year suicide and attempted suicide has touched my family a lot and I know that for some members of my family reading about it would re-traumatize them.
Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Death, Car Crashes, Physical Abuse
There is currently no information available for reading level or interest level. This is definitely a high school book though the reading level is not particularly difficult.
Check out the author’s page for other ways to interact with the book: http://www.jenniferniven.com/books/allthebrightplaces/