Places

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Get honest reviews on top products & services — delivered weekly to your inbox. Loading Something is loading. /animatetransform">>

If you've ever been on social media, you've probably seen a BookTok clip at one point. Centered around a shared love for literature, this booming corner of TikTok is my go-to source for book recommendations, book reviews, and bookish humor. I love the aesthetically pleasing videos (complete with color-coded bookshelves and fairy lights) that round up "emotionally destructive books," poke fun at romance book tropes, and share chaotic reviews. It's one of the best sides of the internet.

Being shared within a subcommunity with 23.9 billion collective views means that whenever a book trends on BookTok, it flies off of bookstore shelves and takes over bestseller lists. So when "All the Bright Places," a 2015 young adult romance book by Jennifer Niven went viral, I thought it was about time it stole the spotlight

Popular Reviews

Insider Reviews' All-Time Best list Insider Reviews' All-Time Best list Black Friday deals available now Is the Dyson Airwrap worth the cost? Best kids winter coats Air fryers are a sham
>
"All the Bright Places" "> "All the Bright Places"
$7.48 from Amazon "> $7.48 from Amazon

I actually read "All the Bright Places" years before its renewed popularity: After browsing the YA section of the library as a high school freshman and stumbling across the simple sticky-note cover, I ended up devouring the novel in one night. Even after three years, it remains one of my favorite young adult books.

@bs.bookshelf

popular booktok book review:) #booktok #bookworm #yabooktok #yabook #reading #bookrecommendations #fyp #foryoupage #bookreview

♬ original sound - ourfriendsonfacebook

If you keep seeing "All the Bright Places" on your ForYou page, here are 3 reasons why this book is a reigning BookTok bestseller:

1. Its

main characters are incredibly fleshed out and impossible not to care about.

A production still from Netflix's
"All the Bright Places" was also adapted into a Netflix film in 2020 starring Elle Fanning as Violet and Justice Smith as Finch.
Netflix

Told through multiple POVs, "All the Bright Places" centers around Violet Markey and Theodore Finch — aka two of the best fictional characters in the young adult world. Violet and Finch are both teenagers struggling for escape; Violet, whose sister died in a car crash that Violet survived, grapples with grief and guilt while Finch is abused by his father and is ostracized at school because of his obsession with death.

For me, reading "All the Bright Places" was like stepping into Violet and Finch's small Indiana town: It's one of the rarest, most valuable examples of great character-building in realistic fiction. Violet and Finch each narrate their stories in a crushingly honest way, from Finch's spiraling thoughts and infectious spontaneous energy to Violet's hope and self-discovery. 

They're also written so genuinely that they seem like completely real people. I've never read a book with such flawed, vulnerable, and captivating characters, and by the end of the story, I was deeply, emotionally attached to both of them.

2. Despite being a YA book, it doesn't shy away from heavy topics — in fact, it addresses them head-on.

A still of the two actors in "All the Bright Places" sitting outside in front of trees Netflix

Mental health, suicide, and morality are difficult to talk about, but even more difficult to write about for an audience of adolescent readers. I've read plenty of YA books with such serious themes, but "All the Bright Places" doesn't just gloss over them: It explores them in-depth. 

Finch's depression and bipolar disorder and Violet's intense grief are at the forefront of the novel, which is a refreshingly necessary break from books that focus solely on the romantic, girl-meets-boy side of teendom. For readers dealing with mental illnesses or bullying, this book might help them feel less isolated, and for those who aren't, this book can create empathy and understanding in a society where mental health is already so stigmatized.

"All the Bright Places" is a perfect example of how to handle sensitive subjects with care and without glamorizing or sugarcoating the painful sides.

3. It makes readers experience a wide spectrum of emotions, especially at the end.

A production still with Elle Fanning from "All the Bright Places" on Netflix. Netflix

"All the Bright Places" is usually the first book that BookTokers recommend to destroy a reader — and for good reason. It's one of the books that have had the greatest impact on me, and not only because of the ending (no spoilers!) but also all the growth and progress Violet and Finch had to go through to get there. 

Without giving too much away, it was haunting to see Finch show Violet small but meaningful reasons to live, even as he struggles to find his own reasons. Every time I reread "All the Bright Places" — or just see it in another BookTok roundup — I'm reminded of just how complex, heartbreaking, and beautiful it is.

Source : https://www.businessinsider.com/all-the-bright-places-book-review

1494
All the Bright Places has quickly become one of the most popular YA books on TikTok. Heres why it absolutely lives up to the hype.

Source:Business Insider

All the Bright Places has quickly become one of the most popular YA books on TikTok. Heres why it absolutely lives up to the hype.

This New England destination is one of the best places worldwide for Christmas travel, according to Town & Country

Source:Boston.com

This New England destination is one of the best places worldwide for Christmas travel, according to Town & Country

Ghost hunting in Upstate NY: 7 haunted places to visit for a serious fright

Source:syracuse.com

Ghost hunting in Upstate NY: 7 haunted places to visit for a serious fright

The 22 Best Places To Travel In 2022, According To Ovation Travel Group

Source:Forbes

The 22 Best Places To Travel In 2022, According To Ovation Travel Group

Migrants From India, Romania, Venezuela And Other Far-Flung Places Contribute To Record-Breaking Arrests At U.S.-Mexico Border

Source:Forbes

Migrants From India, Romania, Venezuela And Other Far-Flung Places Contribute To Record-Breaking Arrests At U.S.-Mexico Border

TGA Announces New Development Division, GALA Developments, Celebrating Inspiring Places and the People That Make Them

Source:YAHOO!Finance

TGA Announces New Development Division, GALA Developments, Celebrating Inspiring Places and the People That Make Them