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All the Bright Places: Introduction
All the Bright Places: Plot Summary
All the Bright Places: Detailed Summary & Analysis
All the Bright Places: Themes
All the Bright Places: Quotes
All the Bright Places: Characters
All the Bright Places: Symbols
All the Bright Places: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Jennifer Niven
Historical Context of All the Bright Places
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- Full Title: All the Bright Places
- When Written: 2013
- Where Written: California and Georgia
- When Published: 2015
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Fiction; Issue Novel
- Setting: The fictional town of Bartlett, Indiana
- Climax: Violet discovers that Finch drowned in the Blue Hole, presumably by suicide.
- Antagonist: Gabe “Roamer” Romero; bullying; stigma about mental illness
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for All the Bright Places
Reaching Out. Though Finch only seeks help for his suicidal thoughts once from an in-person support group, there are a variety of resources to people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or who have friends who are struggling. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers both phone (1-800-273-8255) and online chat services with crisis counselors, while a variety of other national and local organizations offer text, phone, or in-person crisis services.
Family Project. In addition to being an author, Niven won an Emmy Award for her 1996 short film Velva Jean Learns to Drive. (Later, in 2009, Niven expanded the script into a novel). Niven’s Velva Jean story, however, is actually based on a four-page short story that Niven’s mother wrote. She bought the rights to her mom’s story for $1 so she could make her film.