Spotlight – All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

untitled Today is what they call “Blue Monday” the day of the year where people feel the strain of Christmas gone by, credit card bills start coming in, pay day just seems to far away and it all just gets on top of us and makes us feel slightly…..well blue!

With the release of All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven on the 8th January 2015 the wonderful publishers at Penguin provided me with a “Bright Pack” with All The Bright Place goodies to give out to my family and friends to make them smile and be happy and basically to turn that frown upside down and say goodbye to Blue Monday!  In exchange my friends and family have shared with me their “Bright Places” which you will find at the bottom of this post and by following the #allthebrightplaces hashtag throughout the day.  Join in and be bright!

Thank you so much to Penguin for the “Bright Pack”!  I have really enjoyed giving these out to my friends and family it’s made me happy, my friends and family happy and I am hoping this post and the hashtag spreads that happiness everywhere!

Check out my Q&A with the lovely Jennifer Niven here

About All The Bright Places


About The Author


Jennifer Niven lives in Los Angeles. Even though she’s always wanted to be a Charlie’s Angel, her true passion is writing. In 2000, she started writing full-time, and has now written eight books. All the Bright Places is Jennifer’s first novel for young adult readers.  As a companion to the book, Jennifer has created Germ, a web magazine for and run by girls (and boys) — that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in between. @jenniferniven


I wrote All the Bright Places the summer of 2013, following the death of my beloved literary agent of fifteen years.  The last time I saw him, I was nearing the end of a series of books I’d begun writing in 2008 and was feeling depleted and ready—creatively— for something new and different.  He told me, “Kid, whatever you write next, write it with all your heart.  Write it no matter what.  Write it because you can’t imagine writing anything else.”  Neither of us knew what that book would be, just as we didn’t know he would be gone weeks later and that I would be making the transition from adult fiction to YA.  We couldn’t have foreseen all that lay ahead.

After my agent’s death, part of me wanted to just stop.  Stop writing, stop working.  But another part of me said no, push through this, and don’t just push through it, make something great happen. 

Years ago, I knew and loved a boy.  The experience was life-changing.  I’d always wanted to write about it—I just wasn’t convinced I would ever be able to. 

But that summer of 2013, I thought again about this boy and that experience, and I knew in my heart that it was the story I wanted to write. 

So I’m especially proud of this book.  All the Bright Places was written about a very hard, sad, lovely time during a very hard, sad, stressful time— but in just six weeks, the book was born. 

And now here it is in your hands.  (I am still pinching myself that it even exists.)

Thank you, reader.  To me, you are the brightest of places.



Our Bright Places – #allthebrightplaces

I would like to thank my friends and family for taking part and again to Penguin for the wonderful Bright Packs which included books, book marks, posters and quote post it notes – I wonderful pack of happiness.

Me – Chelle Toy – Tales Of Yesterday (my first ever video clip and I am super nervous!)


CharliTo Another World





















Pauline (My Mom)


MichelleFluttering Butterflies









Helen Maslin

Check out my review of Helen’s book Darkmere here

SofiaThe Reading Fan Girl






























RosieEat Read Glam

FayeDay Dreamers Thoughts

Don’t forget to join in on twitter using #allthebrightplaces

You can buy All The Bright Places here!

Check out my Q&A with Jennifer Niven here

Here, thanks to Penguin, are what some readers had to say about the book!


These are our Bright Places – what are yours?  Have you read All The Bright Places?  Did you enjoy it?  Is it on your to be read pile?  I would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to leave a comment by using the reply button at the top of this page or why not tweet me on twitter on @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading and stay Bright!



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8 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for sending me things and including me in your fab blog post! I think you did a great job with your very first video! 🙂 x

    • Chelley Toy says:

      My pleasure Michelle. Thanks for agreeing to feature. And thank you for your kind words about my short video…I was very nervous and excited at the same time 🙂

      Chelle x

  2. Rosie says:

    This was such a fun post to read, I’m feeling all high on happy now. Yay for your first video by the way! 😀
    Thanks again for asking me to be a part of this, it was fun and the book is wonderful.

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