All the Bright Places | Study Guide

Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places | Part 1, Chapters 5–6 | Summary



Part 1, Chapter 5: VIOLET 153 days to graduation

Violet attends a party accidentally. Amanda Monk has told her that it will be "just us" and two other girls. When Violet arrives she sees people "hanging out the windows" and "standing on the lawn." Inside she's giving a red plastic cup for beer. She feels out of place with the people, the crowd, and the conversation. She leaves, and as she does, she runs into Ryan Cross. Ryan tries to kiss her and tells her she's "headed in the wrong direction." Despite his attempts to get her to return to the party, Violet leaves. Her parents invite her to talk, but she declines.

When she checks Facebook, she sees a video of Finch singing. It ends with him speaking to her directly, saying, "if you're watching this, you must still be alive." She private messages him, telling him to take it down. They chat, and he assures her no one else will see it. Finch confesses that he has a Facebook account only to speak to her. Finch suggests coming over, but she refuses. Eventually, she agrees.

Part 1, Chapter 6: FINCH Day 7 of the Awake

Finch drives to see Violet, recklessly speeding. He thinks, "I can't stop because I am faster than anything on earth." He arrives to find Violet outside waiting. He confronts her about being on the bell tower, about her life, California, writing, and other things. Ultimately Violent confesses that her trip to the bell tower yesterday coincided with her sister's 19th birthday. She also confesses to being skilled at picking locks, which is how she got into the bell tower. She asks why people call him "Theodore Freak," and after he leaves her house, he thinks about it. During a later run, he remembers, "Worthless. Stupid. These are the words I grew up hearing." He continues to run, and he tells himself, "This time will be different." He thinks he will "stay awake."


Finch's isolation is evident in his relationships with classmates during school by this point in the novel, but he is also not at the in-person social events such as Amanda Monk's party. However, the isolation that is daily reality to Finch is most clearly emphasized by his lack of social media usage.

According to the Office of Adolescent Health's current statistics on social media use, a strikingly high percentage of teens use these platforms daily. For Finch to not have an account is highly unusual. In addition to sharing information, photos, and videos with friends, teens flirt and reach out to romantic interests online. Finch's interaction with Violet Markey on social media is atypical in that he is connected only to her. He is not using the platform to expand and connect with other people. Violet is, literally, his only friend on there.

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