All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

by

Jennifer Niven

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Kate Finch Character Analysis

Kate is Finch and Decca’s older sister; she’s about 19 and has been out of school for almost a year when the novel begins. She didn’t go away to college because, since their parents divorced, Kate felt like she needed to stay home to take care of her and Finch’s mom. However, Kate isn’t around much to actually care for her mom. Though she makes a number of casseroles for her mom to heat up, Kate most often appears when she’s on her way out the door to do things on her own. Like Finch, she detests Finch’s dad and their obligatory weekly visits to his house. Kate and Finch are close in that Kate helps Finch hide his periods of being “Asleep” (depressed) from their parents—since Finch’s mom never checks the landline’s voicemail, Kate does in her stead and doesn’t pass on the concerned messages from Finch’s school counselor. During Finch’s last episode of being “Asleep,” she also told their dad that Finch was at a study-away program. But Kate is also notably absent from Finch’s life in other ways. Like most others, Kate isn’t concerned when Finch goes missing—his absences are normal to her.

Kate Finch Quotes in All the Bright Places

The All the Bright Places quotes below are all either spoken by Kate Finch or refer to Kate 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.
8. Finch: Day 8 of the Awake Quotes

Dad asks about the November/December study-away program, and it takes me a minute to realize he’s talking to me. “Uh, it was okay.” Good one, Kate. I make a note to thank her. He doesn’t know about the shutting down or the trouble at school beyond sophomore year because last year, after the guitar-smashing episode, I told Principal Wertz my dad was killed in a hunting accident. He never bothered to check up on it, and now he calls my mother whenever there’s a problem, which means he actually calls Kate because Mom never bothers to check voicemail.

Page Number: 69
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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
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Kate Finch Character Timeline in All the Bright Places

The timeline below shows where the character Kate 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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...Finch’s mom is defrosting a casserole while she talks on the phone. Finch’s older sister, Kate, grabs keys and heads out the door. Finch has an eight-year-old sister too, Decca—they all... (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... (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... (full context)
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...potato salad sandwich and Finch lets her, even though it has bacon in it. When Kate points out the bacon issue, Dad says Finch can pick it out, and his Canadian... (full context)
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...looks relieved as she pours a glass of wine and goes after Decca. Finch and Kate pass a bag of chips back and forth and talk about how “stupid” it is... (full context)
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...he walks to the bathroom and digs through the medicine cabinet. He finds some of Kate’s old sleeping pills and takes them back to his room. (full context)
18. Finch: Day 15 (still)
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...too fast, and he can see, hear, and feel everything. When he tried to tell Kate about it once, she suggested it was Finch’s dad’s fault for hitting him. Finch knows... (full context)
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...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 them were... (full context)
21. Finch: Day 22 and I’m still here
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...house on Sunday. Rosemarie explains that Finch’s dad is in the basement, and Finch tells Kate that he’ll talk to their dad. They all know their dad must be in one... (full context)
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When Finch, Kate, and Decca get back home, Finch kisses Finch’s mom and says he’s going out. He... (full context)
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When Finch gets home, Kate is on her way out. She asks Finch if he’s been with Violet and then... (full context)
23. Finch: Days 23, 24, 25…
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...bleeding.” Finch sleeps in the middle of his room with an old blue comforter of Kate’s. After two days, the walls are blue like a swimming pool. Finch can catch his... (full context)
24. Violet: 135, 134, 133 days to go
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Figuring she’s already in trouble for skipping class, Violet heads across town to Finch’s house. Kate answers the door and says she’s sure Finch is around somewhere. She lets Violet go... (full context)
26. Violet: 133 days to go
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...herself, so she writes a list of people she thinks might want to contribute, like Kate, Brenda, and Jordan Gripenwaldt. She discovers that germmagazine.com is available and registers the site. Then... (full context)
41. Finch: Day 64 of the Awake
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...this once; he’s not sure he believes it, but Decca might. Later, Finch, Decca, and Kate head for their dad’s house. Bored of sitting around in the living room, Finch goes... (full context)
46. Violet: March 18
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...from school by now, and Violet realizes that she has no idea Finch was expelled. Kate comes into the kitchen to chat with her mom and Violet and then sends Violet... (full context)
52. Violet: April 26
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Mid-morning on Sunday, Kate shows up at Violet’s house and asks if she’s heard from Finch. She explains that... (full context)
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...she sees Violet and wraps her in a tight hug. Violet asks to speak to Kate alone. On the patio, Violet tells Kate about the emails to her, Brenda, and Charlie.... (full context)
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...like Finch did with his sticky notes. Violet asks to look at Finch’s room, and Kate tells her to go ahead. It still smells like Finch, and it looks untouched. Violet... (full context)
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Violet goes back downstairs to find that Kate has left to look for Finch. Violet asks Finch’s mom to follow her back upstairs.... (full context)