All the Bright Places | Study Guide

Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places | Part 3, Chapters 51–53 | Summary



Part 3, Chapter 51: VIOLET April

On Easter Sunday Violet and her parents drive to where Eleanor Markey was killed. She sees a license plate and a "small garden where someone has planted flowers." Violet knows it was Finch's doing. She thinks about him and about Eleanor as she returns home. She continues to work on Germ.

Violet hasn't "heard anything from Finch since March," and now she has gone from worried to angry. By the 8th of April she packs his things. On the 11th she borrows her mother's car to work on the "Wander Indiana" project. Despite her feelings for Finch, she tells herself "I'm done. I'm over him. I'm moving on." On the 17th Ryan Cross, who has broken up with Suze Haines, asks Violet out. She goes, and after the date, she lets him kiss her.

Part 3, Chapter 52: VIOLET April 26

Finch's sister Kate arrives at Violet's house, asking if Violet has heard from Finch. She hasn't. Kate says that the day prior was the first weekly check-in he's missed and they got a "weird email" from him that morning. She lets Violet read the message. After Kate leaves, Violet is visibly rattled. Her mother comforts her, and then Violet checks Facebook, where there is a message from Finch. She replies quickly, but he doesn't respond.

Violet calls Brenda Shank-Kravitz, who has also received an e-mail from Finch, as has Charlie Donahue. Violet comes to the logical conclusion: "something is wrong." She wants to call Kate but doesn't have her number, so she drives to the Finch house. There Violet pulls Kate to the side and tells her about the message she received, as well as the two to Brenda and Charlie. They look at The Waves, and Kate reveals that Finch received an early acceptance to NYU. Kate also reveals that they never got the messages from Mrs. Markey or the psychiatrist to whom Mr. Markey reached out. Violet realizes Finch erased them.

In Finch's room Violet rearranges the words on the Post-its in his walk-in closet. She goes downstairs to get Kate, who has gone out looking for Finch. Violet then shows Mrs. Finch the words on the wall. From arranging the words, Violet has possibly figured out where Finch is. She tells Mrs. Finch she has a "pretty good idea where he might be." Mrs. Finch asks Violet to go, saying she doesn't "think [she] could ... in case something were to—or if he were." The chapter ends with her telling Violet, "I just really need you to bring him home."

Part 3, Chapter 53: VIOLET April 26 (part two)

On her way to where she believes Finch might be, Violet states, "I don't go for her or for his dad or for Kate or for Decca. I go for me." She thinks Finch would want her "to be the one to come." When she gets to the Blue Hole, she sees Finch's car. She briefly considers turning around but gets out of the car instead. On the bank are his clothes. She strips and dives in. She searches until she's exhausted, and then she gets out and calls 9-1-1.

The Vigo County sheriff arrives, as does the fire department and an ambulance. People dive, and Violet "want[s] to tell them not to bother, they're not going to find anything, he's not there." However, they bring up his body, "swollen and bloated and blue." The sheriff asks for the number to call his parents, but instead, Violet calls Mrs. Finch herself. After telling Mrs. Finch the news, Violet stretches out on the ground and says, "May your eye go to the Sun, To the wind your soul ... You are all the colors in one, at full brightness."


Finch's body is briefly described in ways that highlight the grotesque nature of suicide. His earlier visuals of his body being peaceful in death are counter to the reality of his bloated corpse. For readers the loss of his life is tragic and the terrible consequence of not treating his bipolar disorder is obvious.

Also obvious is the fact that Mrs. Finch continues to be unable to face her son's condition. Choosing to ask a teen girl to go and presumably identify her son's body is a marker of how unable she is to cope with her life.

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