All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

by

Jennifer Niven

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Violet’s Mom Character Analysis

Violet describes both her mom and Violet’s dad as perfect. Her mom is a writer and always encouraged Violet’s passion for writing—so it’s difficult for her mom to cope with the fact that since Violet’s sister Eleanor’s death, Violet hasn’t been willing or able to write. Violet’s mom mostly keeps her own grief for Eleanor hidden, though she does cry with Violet when Violet brings Eleanor up. But since Eleanor’s death, both of Violet’s parents have focused their attention on her to an uncomfortable degree. Though Violet’s mom definitely wants Violet to get better and be able to live her life again, she’s unwilling to push Violet too hard to do things like write or ride in a car again. And Violet’s mom wants to be supportive of her daughter, but Violet is rarely willing to talk openly to her parents about her difficult emotions. Violet’s mom appreciates Finch for convincing Violet to get back in the car and start living again—until Finch and Violet accidentally spend the night together without checking in, leading Violet’s parents to worry that something happened to her. Though they forbid Violet from seeing Finch after this and are angry when Violet admits that she’s been seeing him behind their back, both of Violet’s parents try to find help for Finch when Violet tells them that she’s worried about his mental health. They’re also both incensed about the circumstances surrounding Finch’s suicide—they blame Finch’s mom for neglecting her son and not seeing the red flags.
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Violet’s Mom Character Timeline in All the Bright Places

The timeline below shows where the character Violet’s Mom appears in All the Bright Places. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
5. Violet: 153 days till graduation
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Violet’s mom and Violet’s dad are on the sofa when Violet gets home. They comment that she’s... (full context)
11. Violet: 151 days till graduation
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Violet’s dad makes chicken piccata that night. Violet joins her dad and Violet’s mom at the table and tells them about the project. Her dad offers to help, but... (full context)
13. Violet: 148 days till graduation
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At dinner that evening, Violet’s mom asks if she was on the belltower at school last week. Violet chokes on her... (full context)
26. Violet: 133 days to go
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...Violet’s parents when she didn’t show up to school, Violet is now sitting across from Violet’s mom and Violet’s dad. She explains that she was across the street from the school with... (full context)
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Violet eats dinner with her parents in silence, and afterward, Violet’s mom follows Violet upstairs. She studies the bulletin board and asks Violet about what this project... (full context)
27. Violet: Saturday
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With that out of the way, Violet’s mom asks Finch where he’s going to college. Finch asks if she’s read For Whom the... (full context)
31. Violet: The weekend
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When Violet gets up on Sunday, Violet’s mom says someone left a package for her on the front porch. It says, “Ultraviolet.” Violet... (full context)
35. Violet: The morning after
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...her parents. Violet and Finch scurry down the steps, and at the bottom, Violet calls Violet’s mom , who’s  in tears. Finch speeds to Violet’s house, and they both jump out in... (full context)
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...He says they called Amanda, and she mentioned that Violet saved Finch on the belltower. Violet’s mom says that they’re trying to do what’s best. Violet feels her palms get itchy as... (full context)
37. Finch: What follows
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The next morning, Finch rings the doorbell at Violet’s house. Violet’s mom answers and apologetically asks if he’s okay, but she doesn’t move to let him in.... (full context)
40. Violet: Spring break
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Violet, Violet’s mom , and Violet’s dad are on the NYU campus. Though Violet’s parents are discussing how... (full context)
46. Violet: March 18
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...so slick that she falls off Leroy multiple times. When she gets home, she asks Violet’s mom if she can borrow the car to visit a friend across town. Violet’s mom stares... (full context)
48. Violet: March 21 and beyond
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When Violet gets home, Violet’s mom and Violet’s dad are watching TV. Though Violet feels terrible, she tells them that she... (full context)
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...All the girls she invited to contribute to Germ write back happy to contribute. Meanwhile, Violet’s mom spends the day trying to get ahold of Finch’s mom. A psychiatrist friend of Violet’s... (full context)
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...and then rifles through his drawers. Back downstairs, she asks Decca if Finch’s mom got Violet’s mom ’s voicemails. Decca says her mom hasn’t, but it’s normal for Finch to disappear. He’ll... (full context)
50. Violet: The rest of March
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...to Violet’s texts or voicemails. He texts back hours later to say that he’s “found.” Violet’s mom talks to Finch’s mom, who says that Finch is going to check in every week... (full context)
51. Violet: April
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...was a lot like Finch. Violet starts to sing her favorite Boy Parade song, and Violet’s mom joins in. (full context)
52. Violet: April 26
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Violet suddenly feels breathless, and Violet’s mom comes around the corner and looks concerned. Violet hugs her mom and then goes upstairs... (full context)
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...the voicemail from someone in admissions. Kate also says she never got any messages from Violet’s mom —Finch must have erased them. (full context)
55. Violet: May—weeks 1, 2, and 3
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...it does go on—just differently. Violet gives the book to her mom at dinner, and Violet’s mom spends all of dinner reading it. Violet’s dad tries to talk to Violet about college,... (full context)
56. Violet: Remaining Wanderings 1 and 2
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...might’ve been her fault. If she keeps thinking about them, they won’t be completely gone. Violet’s mom , in tears, pulls Violet into a hug and tells Violet it wasn’t her fault.... (full context)