All the Bright Places | Study Guide

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All the Bright Places | Part 2, Chapters 37–39 | Summary

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Part 2, Chapter 37: FINCH How to survive quicksand

Finch moves into his walk-in closet. The rest of the chapter is a list of "Eight Steps to Surviving Quicksand." He thinks of these tips for surviving quicksand as vital to his strategy to "get through this"—being separated from Violet Markey. The key is to know, "It's only when you panic that you pull yourself under and sink."

Part 2, Chapter 38: VIOLET The week after

Violet returns to school, feeling like people should be able to tell she's not a virgin anymore. Only Brenda Shank-Kravitz notices anything different. Violet tells Brenda about Germ, her new Web magazine, and invites Brenda to work on it too. Violet sees Theodore Finch in their U.S. Geography class. He looks like he "hasn't slept at all." He kisses her under the stairwell, and they continue this for "the rest of the week ... kissing under stairwells or in dark corners." They continue to communicate online at night. Violet contacts more people about Germ. On Saturday she lies to her parents, telling them she is spending the day with Amanda Monk, but she really plans to see Finch.

Part 2, Chapter 39: VIOLET Spring Break

Violet is in New York City with her parents, visiting the NYU campus. Her mother starts crying, saying, "It'll be here before we know it, and I'm not ready." Violet thinks of "all the expectation and weight surrounding" her family now. Violet thinks everything is more intense because her parents didn't get to visit schools with Eleanor Markey or see their elder daughter off to college.

At dinner Violet's mother's literary agent asks if Violet has a "special boy back home." Violet lies and says, "No one in particular," which relieves her parents. Back at the hotel Violet rereads old conversations with Finch and sends him a new Virginia Woolf quote.

Analysis

Violet Markey's experience of dealing with what it means to have lost her virginity is a relatable one for many teen readers. According to statistics, on the average teens first have sex at around age 17. But Violet's concern with reactions to her choice to have sex is compounded by the fact that she had sex with Finch, who is alienated by many of their peers.

While Violet is dealing with the emotional ramifications of her experience, Finch is further unraveling as Mr. and Mrs. Markey forbid Violet to see him. Their relationship takes on the trait of romance in many YA novels. It is charged by being increasingly clandestine: they kiss in darkened corners. Violet does not see this as a sign that the end of their time is near, but Finch—who has become reliant on Violet as one of his coping mechanisms—is further endangered by their difficulty in seeing one another freely. This is no fault of Violet's, nor is she aware of the significance of his increased agitation.

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