All the Bright Places | Study Guide

Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places | Part 1, Chapters 15–17 | Summary

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Part 1, Chapter 15: VIOLET 147–146 days till freedom

Saturday morning Violet wakes to find Finch on her lawn. They talk and ride their bikes to school, and along the way, Finch asks about the accident. This catches Violet off-balance literally, and Finch reaches out to steady her bicycle. She feels a spark of attraction, but she also dislikes "the way he brings up the accident just like that, like it's okay to talk about." As they approach school Violet gets a series of texts from her friend Suze Haines, saying "Theodore Freak?!! WTF?!" Finch calls her "Ultraviolet" and leaves.

Saturday has Violet being interviewed by a local newspaper reporter about having "saved someone's life." She hangs up on the reporter when she asks about Violet's sister. Then Ryan Cross shows up, and they walk to the drive-in where they meet Amanda Monk and Roamer. They all start to watch the movie, but Amanda and Roamer start to make out with a "slurping, smacking sound as if they're two hungry dogs lapping at the food bowl." Violet gets out of the car, and Ryan follows. She thinks about Finch, talks about constellations, and then Ryan kisses her. As his hand is "snaking its way up [her] shirt," she stops—and lies, saying she has a curfew. Ryan walks Violet home, and when he tries to kiss her again, she turns her head, so his kiss lands on her cheek.

Part 1, Chapter 16: FINCH Day 15 (I am still awake)

Finch goes to Violet's house, and her parents invite him to breakfast and tell him stories about Violet, from before the accident. After breakfast Finch and Violet discuss where to go that day for the project. Finch tells her he hasn't brought his bike. He says she needs "shoving, not pushing" to get back to driving again, and being the adventurous girl she used to be. Although Violet protests, Finch convinces her to ride in his car. While they're in the car, he convinces her to tell him about the accident. He listens, and he keeps the car's speed at or under 60 miles per hour. They arrive at the Bookmobile Park, which is an area with seven old bookmobiles, trailers filled with books, sitting in a field. Finch, who didn't know where they were headed because it was Violet's turn to choose the location, loves Violet's choice. The owner of the park, Mrs. Faye Carnes, explains that she and her husband used to drive the bookmobile trailers around, but then she "decided to plant them, just like corn." Finch and Violet find books, and then they argue over trying to have the owner keep the change. Mrs. Carnes insists she will not keep it, so Finch takes another $20 bill from his wallet and leaves it and the change in the cash register of a different trailer.

Upon leaving, Finch and Violet run to the car. She outruns him, and then he has her write down the events in their notebook even though he had said this place doesn't count as the second wandering they need to fill their U.S. Geography class project requirements.

Part 1, Chapter 17: VIOLET 145 days till liberation

Finch drives to a "quiet country road" that leads to a town "a couple blocks long." They end up at a large chalkboard covered in sentences that all begin with the words "Before I die." They both write a series of wishes on it, and Finch adds: "And kiss Violet Markey." Violet is intrigued by the idea of kissing Finch, but whether he picks up on her thoughts or not, he tells her, "Not here. Not now." He adds, "Before you get any ideas, that doesn't mean I like you." Theodore and Violet flirt more and then go to a smoky bar where "they don't even check [their] IDs." They dance, although Finch switches dancing styles like he's "in a mosh pit" and the next minute they are "doing the tango." The chapter closes with Violet shouting, "I don't like you either," and Finch laughing.

Analysis

The novel's continued focus on the minutia of life is typical of teen fiction. In the Guardian a summary of the traits that define a book as YA are examined following the first-ever YA Literature Conference. Those traits include a young protagonist "who will probably face significant difficulties and crises, and grow and develop to some degree." Further, YA "is more likely to deal frankly with sex, tackle challenging issues and adult relationships, and feature swearing."

With this definition and context the reader will note that All the Bright Places is solidly positioned as a YA novel. The reader may also find it useful to keep in mind that the author is trying to capture the teen experience for teen (and adult) readers, which means some of the subject matter that receives pages of attention may not seem "important" from a literary perspective, but it contributes to the immersive experience of reading YA literature.

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