All the Bright Places | Study Guide

Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places | Part 1, Chapters 10–11 | Summary



Part 1, Chapter 10: FINCH Day 9

Finch feels an urge to reinvent himself—again. He meets Charlie Donahue and Brenda Shank-Kravitz at Goodwill. Brenda tells them that over the weekend she "made out with Gabe Romero." She isn't sure he'll remember it, but she left a blue fingernail and her nose ring in his pocket as clues. Brenda criticizes Finch for changing to "please a girl," and she complains about Violet's size (skinny). As his friends discuss Violet, Finch interrupts to tell them about the accident and Eleanor Markey's death. The tone of their conversation shifts, as Brenda suggests Finch dress more like Ryan Cross. Finch says, "fuck" for the first time in his life. His new version of himself, which he dubs "Badass Finch," has a British accent.

Later, when he sees Violet in class, Finch tells her it's time to "start wandering." Amanda Monk and Roamer hassle Finch, but Violet makes plans to meet him after school.

Part 1, Chapter 11: VIOLET 151 days till graduation

After school, Violet has her sister's bicycle and is looking around the school parking lot for Finch. She is given directions by Charlie Donahue and Brenda Shank-Kravitz, who warns Violet that she will "kick that skinny ass all the way to Kentucky" if Violet breaks Finch's heart. Brenda also expresses sympathy about Eleanor Markey's death. Violet rides her bike, and Finch drives beside her very slowly. At his house Finch invites Violet to his room, which has a wall covered in notes. She reads some, and they talk. When he points out that she's afraid to ride in a car but not stand on the ledge of the bell tower, she threatens to leave.

They set out. The destination, Hoosier Hill, is 11 miles away. They talk and flirt as they ride their bikes, and Finch suggests visiting "[e]very place of interest in the state." Violet insists that they stick to the assignment: two places. Violet returns home, has dinner with her family, and checks Finch's Facebook page. She marks another day off on the calendar.


As the novel continues, the focus is on the daily lives of the characters, their schoolwork, and their romance. In some ways this is akin to the realism of life: not every day is a major event. However, the events the author presents here continue to highlight Finch's isolation, as well as the teen experience. Thrift store shopping, assignments, and flirtatious conversations are not incredible events in a literary way, but they are significant events for teens.

Niven uses their adventure to contrast the two characters' personalities. Finch literally rides "figure eights" around Violet on their bicycles. He is filled with energy and enthusiasm, while Violet is closed off, resentful, and mourning in the wake of her sister's death. The reader will see the upbeat side of Finch's bipolar disorder here: he is energetic, and Violet blossoms in that energy. Finch fills a need for Violet, and to a reader unaware of Finch's untreated disorder, this might seem romantic.

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