All the Bright Places | Study Guide

Jennifer Niven

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All the Bright Places | Part 3, Chapters 56–57 | Summary



Part 3, Chapter 56: VIOLET Remaining wanderings 1 and 2

The first spot on the list is Milltown. At Milltown is "Devils Hollow," and the trees there are filled with shoes. Violet brought a pair of her shoes and a pair of her sister's shoes. It feels anticlimactic at first, but then she sees "a pair of sneakers with fluorescent laces, TF in black on both shoes." Violet remembers one of Theodore Finch's last texts to her—the one that said, "I am on the highest branch." She looks back at his last texts to make sure, and at the map, and then she heads to Muncie to see the World's Biggest Ball of Paint.

She is disappointed that the paint ball is no longer painted violet, the color the owner, Mike Carmichael, shows her Finch used when he visited. She paints, and then is about to leave when he tells her she has to sign the visitor's book. She finds Finch's comment, "Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" She writes a line from the same Dr. Seuss book, Oh, The Places You'll Go.

When she gets home, Violet tells her parents she needs them "to talk about Eleanor and not forget that she existed." Violet unloads all of her feelings on her parents in a loud rant, and then all three cry and hug.

Part 3, Chapter 57: VIOLET Remaining wanderings 3 and 4

The next wandering is to the Pendleton Pike Drive-In. Violet remembers one of Finch's last texts to her: "I believe in signs." The defunct movie screen looks like "a giant billboard" now, covered in graffiti. She finds Finch's message on it: "I was here. TF." She climbs up and adds, "I was here too. VM." From there Violet goes to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery in Munster. The friar leads her to the shrines, and she explores. In one room, lit with black light, she finds the stone she and Finch had passed back and forth. Afterward she speaks to the friar who tells her that the "black-light room" is called "Ultraviolet Apocalypse." That night she sees Charlie Donahue, Brenda Shank-Kravitz, Amanda Monk, and Ryan Cross. They climb the Purina Tower, where they listen to music and talk about Finch. She studies the map again after this and finds one last place, 15 miles from the spot where Finch died. It is "a place Finch added without telling" her.


The final wanderings are the ones Violet undertakes independently. She has begun to move past her reliance on Finch, and rather than fall into the depression she experiences prior to her relationship with Finch, she maintains her stability even as she mourns him. This contrasts with Finch's experience, in which a seemingly minor setback (being forbidden from seeing Violet) is enough to send him further toward suicidal actions. Whether or not this series of events is realistic is not something the reader can truly assess. However, the gap in time between her regaining her perspective, after coming out of the depression over Eleanor's death, and Finch's loss makes the portrayal seem possible.

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