All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

by

Jennifer Niven

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Decca Finch Character Analysis

Decca is Finch and Kate’s eight-year-old sister. She’s bluntly honest and emotional throughout much of the novel. Finch tries to do his best to check on Decca and make sure she’s doing okay, since Finch’s mom seldom does anything that Finch would call “parenting.” Though Finch doesn’t pry, Decca seems to be struggling with difficult emotions about her mom and dad’s divorce a year ago—she’s vocal about hating having to go visit Finch’s dad, and both Kate and Finch suspect that Decca has very mixed feelings about Josh Raymond given how close she is to him in age. (The siblings suspect that Josh Raymond is actually their dad’s son and proof that their dad had been cheating on their mom for some time before the divorce). Like everyone else, Decca is unconcerned when Finch goes missing—as she tells Violet, she believes Finch will always come back.

Decca Finch Quotes in All the Bright Places

The All the Bright Places quotes below are all either spoken by Decca Finch or refer to Decca Finch. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ember edition of All the Bright Places published in 2016.
21. Finch: Day 22 and I’m still here Quotes

In 2013, a man in Pennsylvania committed suicide via carbon monoxide, but when his family tried to rescue him, they were overcome by the fumes and every single one of them died before rescue crews could save them.

I think of my mom and Decca and Kate, and then I hit the opener, and up goes the door, and out I go into the wild blue yonder. For the first mile or so, I feel high and excited, like I just ran into a burning building and saved lives, like I’m some sort of hero.

But then a voice in me says, You’re no hero. You’re a coward. You only saved them from yourself.

Related Characters: Theodore Finch (speaker), Finch’s Mom, Decca Finch, Kate Finch
Page Number: 161
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“Why are we doing this, Dec?”

“Because they shouldn’t be in there mixed with the good. They like to trick you.”

And somehow I know what she means. I think of the Bartlett Dirt and all its mean words, not just about me but about every student who’s strange or different. Better to keep the unhappy, mad, bad, unpleasant words separate, where you can watch them and make sure they don’t surprise you when you’re not expecting them.

Page Number: 166
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48. Violet: March 21 and beyond Quotes

“He’ll be back. He always comes back.” That’s just his thing. It’s what he does.

I want to say to her and Charlie and Brenda, to Kate, to his mom: Doesn’t anyone care why he comes and goes? Have you ever stopped to think that something might be wrong with this?

Related Characters: Decca Finch (speaker), Violet Markey (speaker), Finch’s Mom, Finch’s Dad, Brenda, Charlie Donahue, Kate Finch
Page Number: 313
Explanation and Analysis:
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Decca Finch Character Timeline in All the Bright Places

The timeline below shows where the character Decca Finch appears in All the Bright Places. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. Finch: Day 6 (still) of being awake
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...sister, Kate, grabs keys and heads out the door. Finch has an eight-year-old sister too, Decca—they all know “she was a mistake,” but Finch think that he’s the actual mistake in... (full context)
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...really like eating, he likes being able to “turn [his] brain off.” Finch’s mom asks Decca what she learned today. Decca tells the table about how a boy at school glued... (full context)
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...gives her a slightly more involved answer about his day. After dinner, his mom asks Decca if it’s nice to have Finch back. Finch feels terrible: his mom thinks he was... (full context)
8. Finch: Day 8 of the Awake
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On Sunday evening, Kate, Decca, and Finch drive to Finch’s dad’s house for their weekly dinner. They’re silent on the... (full context)
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Finch’s dad greets Kate and Decca and asks Finch how the study-away program was. Finch says it was great and tells... (full context)
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When the kids get home, Finch’s mom asks if they had fun. Decca says that they didn’t, and she stomps upstairs. Finch’s mom looks relieved as she pours... (full context)
12. Finch: The night of the day my life changed
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It’s dinnertime at Finch’s house. Though Finch’s mom asks Decca what she learned first, Finch asks if he can go first. His mom looks nervous.... (full context)
18. Finch: Day 15 (still)
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...furniture around to cut his room in half and make it smaller. Though Finch’s mom, Decca, and Kate are all home, nobody asks what he’s doing. The last time any of... (full context)
21. Finch: Day 22 and I’m still here
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When Finch, Kate, and Decca get back home, Finch kisses Finch’s mom and says he’s going out. He gets into... (full context)
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...her way out. She asks Finch if he’s been with Violet and then says that Decca is upset, probably about Josh Raymond since they’re so close in age. Kate wonders if... (full context)
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Finch lets himself into Decca’s room to make sure she’s okay. She’s sitting on the floor, cutting words out of... (full context)
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Decca gets up to look for more books, and while she’s gone, Finch cuts out words... (full context)
23. Finch: Days 23, 24, 25…
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...that isn’t put together. His heart beats too fast. Finch tries to read the books Decca cut words out of, but the words blur. He starts to organize his room and... (full context)
41. Finch: Day 64 of the Awake
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It snows on the last Sunday of spring break. Finch spends the morning with Decca, building a snowman and sledding. As they walk home from the sledding hill, Decca says... (full context)
48. Violet: March 21 and beyond
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...trying to get ahold of Finch’s mom. A psychiatrist friend of Violet’s dad speaks to Decca, but Decca only confirms for him that Finch isn’t in his room or his closet. (full context)
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Violet hasn’t heard from Finch by Tuesday, so she bikes to his house. Decca answers and lets Violet in. Violet runs up to Finch’s room, which she can tell... (full context)
52. Violet: April 26
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...family. He recalls everyone being happy. He tells Finch’s mom that she’s not old, tells Decca that tough words can be beautiful, and warns Kate to be careful with her heart.... (full context)
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Back inside, Violet notices Decca arranging pieces of paper on the floor, just like Finch did with his sticky notes.... (full context)