All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

by

Jennifer Niven

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Josh Raymond Character Analysis

Josh Raymond is Rosemarie’s eight-year-old son and Finch’s dad’s stepson (though Finch and Kate suspect that their dad may actually be Josh Raymond’s biological father. He’s a small boy with glasses and a squeaky voice. Finch’s relationship with Josh Raymond is complicated. Though Finch tells himself it’s silly to be jealous or resentful of an eight-year-old, he also knows that if his dad is Josh Raymond’s father, Josh Raymond is then proof that Finch’s dad was cheating on Finch’s mom long before they got divorced. Finch also sees that Josh Raymond possesses many qualities that he himself does not: Josh Raymond is small, quiet, and neat, and he never seriously pushes back when Finch’s dad reprimands him. This makes Finch feel as though his dad truly prefers his new family (Rosemarie and Josh Raymond) to his dysfunctional old one (Finch, Kate, Decca, and Finch’s mom). Finally, the way Rosemarie and Finch’s dad treat Josh Raymond seems to be proof that Finch’s dad prefers his new family over his old one, as evidenced by Josh Raymond’s numerous battery-operated toys (luxuries that Finch and his sisters never had growing up). Despite Finch’s resentment, though, he finds Josh Raymond to be sweet and unassuming. The last time that Finch sees Josh Raymond, he seems to conclude that Finch’s dad is indeed Josh Raymond’s biological father: Josh Raymond, Finch realizes, looks shockingly like Finch did at eight years old.

Josh Raymond Quotes in All the Bright Places

The All the Bright Places quotes below are all either spoken by Josh Raymond or refer to Josh Raymond. 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:
Mental Health, Stigma, and Suicide Theme Icon
). 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

“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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Josh Raymond Character Timeline in All the Bright Places

The timeline below shows where the character Josh Raymond appears in All the Bright Places. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
8. Finch: Day 8 of the Awake
Community, Support, and Trust Theme Icon
Individuality and Identity Theme Icon
Everyone settles in the dining room for dinner. Finch studies his stepbrother, Josh Raymond . Josh Raymond is tiny, like Rosemarie, and isn’t awkward like Finch was at that... (full context)
21. Finch: Day 22 and I’m still here
Individuality and Identity Theme Icon
...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 Josh Raymond is actually Finch’s dad’s... (full context)
32. Finch: The first warm day
Community, Support, and Trust Theme Icon
Language, Meaning, and Control Theme Icon
...lazy game of Marco Polo. Violet asks Finch about his parents’ divorce, Finch’s dad, and Josh Raymond . Finch explains that his dad has made it clear that the divorce was everyone... (full context)
41. Finch: Day 64 of the Awake
Community, Support, and Trust Theme Icon
On Finch’s way back from the bathroom, he passes Josh Raymond ’s room, and the little boy invites Finch inside. The room is huge and filled... (full context)
44. Finch: Days 66 and 67
Mental Health, Stigma, and Suicide Theme Icon
Language, Meaning, and Control Theme Icon
...fill out. The only thing filled in is his age and the name, which reads Josh Raymond . Finch laughs. His mind offers several more facts about suicide, and then, when the... (full context)
45. Finch: Day 71
Mental Health, Stigma, and Suicide Theme Icon
Individuality and Identity Theme Icon
...that many kids seem dull and vacant, like they’re on drugs. He introduces himself as Josh Raymond , admits he “halfheartedly” tried to take sleeping pills, and says that the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational... (full context)