Jennifer Niven is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller All the Bright Places, as well as her new YA novel, Holding Up the Universe. She has also written four novels for adults--American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive--as well as three nonfiction books: The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. She grew up in Indiana and now lives with her fiance and literary cats in Los Angeles. For more information, visit JenniferNiven.com, GermMagazine.com, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.
"...this heartbreaking love story about two funny, fragile, and
wildly damaged high school kids named Violet and Finch is worth
reading. Niven is a skillful storyteller who never patronizes her
characters - or her audience."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "In her YA debut, adult author Niven creates a romance so fresh and funny. . . The journey to, through, and past tragedy is romantic and heartbreaking, as characters and readers confront darkness, joy, and the possibilities--and limits--of love in the face of mental illness."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review "The writing in this heartrending novel is fluid, despite the difficult topics... Finch in particular will linger in readers' minds long after the last page is turned."
--School Library Journal, starred review "Ultimately, the book, with narration that alternates between Finch and Violet, becomes Violet's story of survival and recovery, affirming the value of loving deeply, grieving openly, and carrying your light forward."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Have The Fault in Our Stars withdrawal? Pick up this heartrending novel about a girl who vows to live with purpose after bonding with a boy who plans to end his own life."
-- SELF Magazine "It's touching, vibrant, and an impressively honest depiction of depression."
-- BuzzFeed A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A Miami Herald Best Books for Children GoodReads Choice Awards Young Adult Fiction Category Winner A TIME Top Young Adult Book of the Year A NPR Guide to Great Reads Book