A Bright and Lovely Sunday: Jennifer Niven in Manila!

If there’s one day I’d like to relive, it would be May 29, 2016 — Jennifer Niven’s signing in Manila. It was so colorful and bright and all the lovely things combined! ❤

Q&A with Jennifer

Q&A with Jennifer Niven

My fellow book bloggers and I attended a special Q&A with Jennifer where she talked about writing and her wonderful books. Jennifer’s sincere and soft-spoken nature was very admirable! I loved listening to her speak! ❤

Here are some interesting bits I’ve gathered from the Q&A:

*On adapting All the Bright Places into a screenplay, Jennifer said it was scary at first.

*Jennifer has a graduate degree in screenwriting.

*According to her, film doesn’t have as much space unlike in books.

*Readers are always the important thing for Jennifer.

*The All the Bright Places movie will start shooting in the Fall!

*For Jennifer, it’s important to have balance. When she’s on a writing break, she loves to dance, hike, go outside, read, and binge watch television. It’s recharging for her.

*Jennifer said that every book wants to be written differently.

*Writing Jack and Libby (in Holding Up the Universe) was a challenge.

*She creates a playlist for each of the characters.

*Jennifer kept surprising herself while writing Holding Up the Universe. Both she and her characters try to do the unexpected.

For more fascinating information, you may listen to the audio recording of the Q&A here.

Following the Q&A was the book signing! We all lined up to have our books signed. I felt everybody’s excitement as I waited to reach the front of the line!

Jennifer signing books

When my turn came, Jennifer smiled at me, and I couldn’t believe that I was face to face with THE Jennifer Niven — New York Times Bestselling Author and a friend I made online in 2014 who I’ve wished to meet!

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Jennifer signing my copy of All the Bright Places!

Pictures with Jen

She is all the colors in one, at full brightness. ❤

After I had a picture taken with Jennifer, I hugged her tightly and told her that she’s amazing. Then Jen surprised me with a gift! An ARC of Holding Up the Universe! Squeee!!! *flails* Oh and guess what, I have a cameo in Holding Up the Universe! Thank you, Jen, for making my dream of becoming a character in a book come true! 🙂

Holding Up the Universe

Jen’s gift!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

While our fellow bloggers are still having their books signed, the Hardest Selfie Ever crew grabbed the opportunity to take selfies! These selfies were not really difficult to take as we’ve gotten better at squeezing ourselves into the frame as the years go by. The hardest selfies we’ve ever taken are still at Gayle Forman’s and Jenny Han’s book signings! Haha! 😀

Hardest Selfie Ever 15.0

The Hardest Selfie Ever 15.0 with Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, and Louisse of The Soul Sisters!

A bookish event wouldn’t be complete without a group picture! So here it is:

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PH YA Book Bloggers with Jennifer Niven 🙂

After the event, I went up to Jen and thanked her for visiting the Philippines and for being an inspiration to me. I couldn’t stop saying thank you because my heart was overflowing with gratitude, happiness, and all kinds of feels. When I hugged Jennifer, she shared her brightness with me, and infused a sense of hope that the coming days are going to be better and brighter. Jennifer IS all the colors in one, at full brightness. I will never ever forget this day! 🙂

Convo with Jen

Convo with Jen

Jen wearing the bracelet

Jen wearing the bracelets I gave her! 🙂

The public signing was held at the Mega Atrium of SM Megamall at 2PM. From what I’ve seen in pictures, there were so many people who attended! Hooray!!!


Thank you National Book Store for bringing Jennifer Niven to the Philippines! You guys are rock stars! So much love for you! 🙂

To Jennifer, thank you very much for visiting the Philippines. You have no idea how happy I am that I got to meet you in person! We became friends on Twitter in late 2014 and after a year, we finally saw each other in real life! This time, I got to really hug you, and not just send you virtual hugs! I am also grateful for your writing advices and for constantly encouraging me to keep on writing. You make me bright and lovely! One day when I finish my book, you’ll be the first to know. ❤ I love you and I hope to see you again in the future! *hugs*

Signed books

Signed books ❤


Signed chapter sampler

As I have posted on the @JenniferNivenPH Twitter page, I’m giving away a signed Holding Up the Universe chapter sampler to one (1) lucky reader!

Just answer this question on the comment section below:

How did All the Bright Places change your life?

I’ll choose the best answer!!! 🙂

*Giveaway is open to Philippine residents ONLY (I’m sorry, international readers! 😦 )

and will run until Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 5 PM




Check out the recaps of my friends!

Kai of Amaterasu Reads

Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again

Salve of Cuckoo for Books




8 thoughts on “A Bright and Lovely Sunday: Jennifer Niven in Manila!

  1. How did All the Bright Places changed my life?
    OMG First of all, I super love this book and I totally love Jennifer Niven.
    Second of all, the book changed my view about the people around me and who they really are. It showed me no one is supermodel/picture-perfect. Everyone has baggage/s they carry just like Finch and Violet. And no one would ever truly understand how hard their situation could be. The only way close to grasping what they really feel is by listening and sympathizing.
    All the bright Places showed me that every person has a way of coping with life’s problems. And sometimes, it’s a way you’ll never expect about them. Their choices could be something you have no control over… And acceptance is all you could give.
    Now every time I look at someone, I try to picture-out what his story is. Besides, there is more to a person than meets the eye, right? 🙂

  2. It change my actions (I think?), Somehow, I became considerate to people and I think before I let out a word. I would never know when can I hurt a person, right? The best way is to be sensitive and always stay positive. Touch a heart and show smiles and laughters.

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  4. How did All the Bright Places changed your life?

    Now that I actually think about it, ATBP made an impact on me way more than I initially thought it did. I don’t have the problems Violet and Finch had. I don’t count days and I am definitely not fascinated by death. It scares the hell out of me like most people I know. I am not sure why I decided to take a chance and a huge leap when I picked up ATBP at the bookstore. This is not my YA genre. I am a girl who reads fluffy, corny, romantic-comedy contemporary books who loves happy endings and always, always, expects one in books. And I am very well aware that ATBP does not assure one. But the moment I laid eyes on it, I admit, I had a bit moment of doubt. I ask myself questions. “Would I want to read this?”, ” Will I be able to bear the heartbreak this book can give?”, “Will I be able to handle the emotions this book could make me feel?”. And so I stare at it for a long moment, rereading the synopsis over and over until I almost memorized it. I picked it up and held it and went around the bookstore trying to find other books and still contemplating. I found myself in the last shelf of the YA section with nothing in hand other than ATBP. Nothing caught my eye and curiousity except the book in my hands. I smiled, took it as a sign. I quickly paid for it, before I start to question it again. Believe me or not, my heart was pounding. Like I said, it was the first book I had the courage to buy in the genre. I was starting to feel afraid of the book and how much it could open my eyes to real life problems. As I’ve said earlier, I don’t have Finch and Violet’s problems. I don’t get through days. I live them. I don’t know anyone who has the same problem. And so I got home and started reading it. There are points in the book where I just close it and sat there for a moment letting the words sink in and then find myself with a tear or two on my cheeks. It was so beautiful that the words haunted me after reading it. It haunted me in a way that when I close my eyes, I could see Finch, there in the water floating, his words in the back of my head. At first, I thought I was crying because I was scared, but then I realized, it was actually because it was so beautiful and I haven’t read anything like it before. I fell in love with the story, with the writing, everything. 2 days passed after reading it and it opened my eyes to things I never knew existed. It made me think about other people and how they are. Like how they really are, not what they seem. Look deeper into them. It made me closer to my friends, assuring them they’re not alone and that I am always there for them. It helped me to not judge a person by what they seem and get to know them first. I smile at everyone now. Something i don’t do before. So I guess it wasn’t that big of a change but it made my perspective get wider than it used to be. Not all books could give you that impact. But All the Bright Places definitely did.

  5. All the Bright Places changed me in more ways than I can count but one of the biggest changes I’ve experienced after reading this book is seeing somebody’s true value, it really is the inside that matter the most. Another would be cherishing time, life is short so you have to make the best out of everything, do all those things in your head you’ve considered to be stupid, at least it’s good to know that you know what it felt in that moment. I think this will be the last one I’ll talk about and it’s being careful about the words we say, for me words are the greatest weapon of all and we should all be careful on what we say because we never know how this truly affects one’s feelings. I’m so happy for you Jesselle that you got to meet Jennifer you absolutely deserve it.

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  7. “All the Bright Places” changed my life the same way witnessing loved ones who suffer from mental illness did: by reinforcing the notion that we are all very capable of great things despite seemingly bleak circumstances.

    When I first read this book, I was expecting the usual contrived-teen-romance-with-impending-doom plot, but was pleasantly surprised at the book’s underlying message. It provides remarkable insight about how people tend to stigmatize those who suffer from pain they can’t see, as well as encourages the everyone to live with compassion, not prejudice.

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