All the Bright Places Background

All the Bright Places Background

A 2015 novel by Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places falls under the category of young adult fiction. First published on January 6th, 2015 by Knopf Publishing Group and is highly regarded by the likes of The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Guardian, despite being her first young adult work. The novel won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult fiction. A film adaptation is in its nascent stages and will be released in 2018, starring Elle Fanning. This novel has been received with much love and has been compared to the likes of The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor & Park.

The story is a narrative of two teenagers, Theodore and Violet, who meet on the school's bell tower, both desperately wishing to escape from their native town and their suffering. Niven's narrative progresses as they travel through Indiana. The novel explores the complex themes of human nature and mental illness and weaves in the ideas of trauma with a skill that is rarely seen in the realm of young adult fiction.

The author, Jennifer Niven, wrote this book after her literary agent of 15 years passed away. During the summer of 2013, she transitioned from adult fiction into YA novels - feeling "depleted and ready – creatively – for something new and different." She was encouraged by her agent before his death to challenge herself and write something amazing: "Kid, whatever you write next, write it with all your heart. Write it because you can’t imagine writing anything else.”

Niven's inspiration for All the Bright Places was drawn from her own personal experience with young love. She recounted how she had knew and loved a boy many years ago, with the experience being "life changing". Although she'd always wished to write about her time with that boy, she'd never been able to - until the summer of 2013.

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