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.
Source: Penguin (thank you for changing my life with this book)
I can’t breath because I’ve finished a crying fest and I feel as if my feels are exploding out of me.
This book is brilliant! That is really all I can say in one sentence to sum up this book. This book was so very touching and mesmerizing! The characters have so much depth and are most importantly, relateable. The writing is beautiful and memorable and I can guarantee that this is a book that will definitely stay with you forever.
What really struck me was Finch’s character. He was so alive even if he was ridiculously fascinated with death. The way he acted was as if he loved life and didn’t care what everyone thought of him. He was snarky and funny and oddly wise. He was a delinquent who always got in trouble and made smart-ass comments during class. He reminded me a lot of Leo Valdez. What was going on in his head, though was very different. As the book develops, Finch slowly sinks into a deep and dark place in his head. It felt as if two sides of him were fighting. The side that loved Violet and wanted to stay with her and the broken part that thought he was impossible to love and therefore couldn’t give anyone the love they deserved. I loved him so much, the words he said were inspiring and the conflict between his actions and his thoughts gave him so much depth as a character.
Violet was a tricky character. What I found myself eager to know was who she was before her sister’s death. I really admire her before-life; a successful website, a real writing talent and a guaranteed future. The only thing I didn’t like was the popular gang she used to hang out with. I loved reading her development as a mourning character who loses a loved one. She pretty much gives up everything that reminds her of her sister and that way, she really gets to realise the mundane sense of her friends and the life she used to live. She experiences the most character development and I loved seeing that. She often reflects back to the person she used to be to the person she is now. I loved how Niven lets us discover this about ourselves through Violet.
The interaction between these two characters was oddly light-hearted given the main concept of this book. They just clicked when they were together. I loved the “wanderings” they did. The book caravan thing was probably the coolest thing ever! If there’s one in Sydney, someone tell me! The writing and the pacing was lovely and insightful, I love the way Niven sets up each character in depth so that when the two character’s romance start to blossom, we really get to see how they both affect each other.
I loved this book so much! It made you feel and it struck a powerful chord in my heart. This is definitely a 2015 highlight. I’m looking forward to the movie and I hope that it’ll be good because I will kill them if they ruin this perfect book.
Disclaimer: My reviews are 100% honest whether the book had been provided by a publisher, author or purely bought.