by Jennifer Niven
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 6, 2015)
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Theodore Finch is obsessed with dead—like always thinking about ways to kill himself without actually doing so. Violet Markey is only looking forward to the day of graduation, when she can finally escape Indiana and her sister’s death.
When they meet on a ledge of a bell tower, and Finch asks her, “Come here often? Because this is kind of my spot and I don’t remember seeing you here before” it’s only the beginnings. They’re paired together for a history project to explore the “hidden wonders” of Indiana, and it all goes from there!
Oh. My. Goodness. What an absolutely wonderful, positively charming, all around fantastically beautiful story.
And that’s putting it lightly!
The writing is stunning. The way that Niven’s tells the story of Violet and Finch is so captivating. Both Violet and Finch have such a distinct voice.
Plus their friendship is so cute and unpredictable! The conversations they have together are adorable. I love characters that are able to help one another and pull each other from their own shells.
Both of them are strong characters that will stick with you long after you’ve finished the book.
Not to mention, the portrayal of bipolar disorder is so spot on. The way that mental illness is dealt with in this book could not have been any better. Truly wonderful.
One of my favorite things might have been the way Niven incorporated quotes from literature (specifically from Virginia Woolf’s works), as well as famous last words of people that committed suicide, and the various fun trivia stories that Finch tells Violet.
The way it’s all sprinkled in to the story reminds me of John Green’s writing in the best way possible.
This is such a beautiful story that crept up on me and just grew in my heart. I absolutely one hundred percent recommend this! It’s one of the best YA contemporaries I’ve ever read (and I don’t say that lightly).
It mixes together the best parts of a John Green story with Rainbow Rowell’s quirky characters and Gayle Forman’s emotional writing.
It truly is a magnificent story that needs to be devoured by all. So go out there and find a copy of your own to read and pour your heart and soul into! (The book just came out on January 6.)
Basically…I could not have adored this story any more. Go let Finch and Violet’s story captivate you as it did me. It won’t disappoint!
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