An internet search for books becoming a movie in 2017 lead me to All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven. I hadn’t read any hype about either the book or the movie in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, so it seemed like a good pick for this category (less competition for the library hold). And, indeed, I was number one on the hold list right away.
Then I read that the movie’s release date may be pushed back to 2018. That worried me a bit. But I decided to go ahead with this book anyway. It occurred to me that “A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017” is, for those of us not involved in the movie production, pretty much an act of predicting the future. So, as far as I know, it’s becoming a movie in 2017, even though it might not be released until 2018.
All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven, was published in 2015. It’s a Young Adult novel, which another reason that I picked this book.
Theodore Finch is a boy with problems. He’s weird, unpopular, battling mental illness, and thinks a lot about suicide. He’s counting the days that he’s “still awake”. Violet Markey is a girl with problems. She’s the survivor of a car crash that killed her sister. She’s counting down the days until graduation, when she can finally escape her small Indiana town and all its bad memories.
The chapters of All the Bright Places alternate between Finch’s point of view and Violet’s point of view. Finch and Violet meet in the first chapter, Finch’s chapter, when he’s on top of a six-story bell tower, trying to decide whether or not to jump off. Violet appears on top of the tower, too. Was she there to stop him from jumping? Or did he stop her from jumping?
Violet and Finch pair up for a class project, in which they must visit two culturally interesting “natural wonders” in Indiana and write a report about them. He’s more into the project than she is. He’s more into her than she’s into him.
Violet has an ex-boyfriend who is not at all happy about her hanging around Finch.
Finch has never had a best friend.
Together, Finch and Violet go wandering, looking for all the bright places Dr. Seuss wrote about.
There is a lot of sadness in this book, and also a lot of beauty. I liked All the Bright Places a lot. The last five chapters, especially, grabbed me and I didn’t want the story to be over.
- A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017