By Sara Vilkomerson
January 07, 2015 at 05:00 AM EST

All the Bright Places

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Some books make you laugh. Others make you cry. And sometimes—as is the case with Niven’s sparkling YA debut, All the Bright Places—a book manages to get so under your skin that you end up throwing it across the room in frustration when it doesn’t reach the conclusion you wanted. But regardless of how it ends, this heartbreaking love story about two funny, fragile, and wildly damaged high school kids named Violet and Finch (who meet cute atop a bell tower while each is contemplating suicide) is worth reading. Niven is a skillful storyteller who never patronizes her characters—or her audience. Now about that last chapter… B+

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