finished reading

I laughed and cried with this book. As someone who struggles with mental illness--Dysthymia and OCD--I would say this book is intense; it is more about the aftermath of accidental death and suicide. So, although I love the book, I caution those who might be sensitive to the themes.

From the publisher:
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel.

Both lead characters, Finch and Violet, are wonderfully crafted. Secondary characters are realistic, too, especially the high schoolers. The parents are somewhat cliche, but I expected that. I couldn't put it down.


The Gal Herself said...

Wow. I think I want to read this one. Thanks for introducing it to us.

Paula said...

Sounds very intense! One that I may add to my list!