Beautifully written with quirky characters and witty dialogue, All The Bright Places is a must-read for anyone who has ever struggled—or known someone who has struggled—with depression and/or mental illness. The author’s note at the end of the book reveals that Niven’s motivation for writing this novel was personal, which explains how she is able to realistically, yet sympathetically, portray Theodore’s struggle with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. While the ending is definitely not wrapped up in a bow, readers are left feeling hopeful and somehow uplifted.
Highly recommended for gr. 9-12.