All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Release: January 6, 2015 from Knopf
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.The cover of All the Bright Places caught my attention in the best possible way—with a clean and simple design. Instead of using bright colors and imposing images, it stays quiet and organized. The pastel Post-it notes align in perfectly parallel columns and rows, exemplifying order and creating one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs I can imagine.
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
However, this cover held my attention in a different way—with emotion. At first, office supplies seem professional and detached, but the bird and the flower that adorn two of the sticky notes hint at an exciting adventure. I do not know what they mean, but I have no doubt they represent a meaningful part of the plot. As soon as I noticed these accents, my feelings for the cover melted from appreciation of its layout to fascination about the secrets it holds.
I cannot wait to read this book and watch the characters' feelings toward each other and their state undergo a similar transformation.