All the Bright Places | Study Guide

Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places | Part 2, Chapters 35–36 | Summary



Part 2, Chapter 35: VIOLET The morning after

Violet wakes next to Finch in the Purina Tower and, after a few moments, realizes she "never went home or called [her] parents" last night. Violet and Finch panic. Finch drives her home, where her parents are distraught. Mr. Markey is angry at Finch, who after taking the blame is sent away. Violet and her parents exchange heated words, and they say there will be "[n]o more seeing him."

Part 2, Chapter 36: FINCH What follows

Finch returns home to find his father is there and waiting for him. Mr. Finch pushes the boy across the room, sending Finch hurtling into a door. Mr. Finch tries to hit his son, but Finch stops his father, this time grabbing his wrist, and says, "Just so you know, you will never do that again." Finch goes to his room, but he doesn't barricade the door. He messages Violet.

The next morning, he goes to her house. Mrs. Markey meets Finch at the door but won't let him inside the house. Finch leaves. At home he looks up Violet's old website, which is gone. He messages Violet. He takes the blame, saying, "I told you I break things." Violet points out that it's not his fault, they did it together, and she urges him to "[j]ust give them time." Finch replies, typing in, "That's the only thing I don't have." But he erases the message instead of sending it.


This section of the novel is potentially troubling for the reader. The "stay out all night" cliché is useful for the plot, increasing the external tension that Finch must navigate and creating a limitation on his growing closeness with Violet. However, it also shows that the stressor that pushes Finch toward the ultimate ending of his story is not a significant one. For a person without the challenges Finch must navigate, being denied access to Violet would not have been as much of a limitation as it is for Finch.

The proof that Finch is closer to the wall is that he reacts so strongly to his father's abuse. Although he was capable of doing so previously, he did not stop the physical assaults against his person. Here, though, he does so.

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