Somehow between sleeping, working, revising and blogging I am still managing to find time to do a light spot of reading. But let’s get real here… WHEN I read I can’t stop reading because I get so *sucked* into a book that I really struggle to resist the urge to not pick it up. To be honest this book that I am reviewing I read a while ago, and I saw this under my ‘To Blog’ list and realised I need to explain to you how amazing it is!
I bought this book nearly two years ago to take on holiday with me, but I read the first chapter or so (maybe a tiny bit more) but I really struggled to get into it. Originally I found it quite wordy to get my head around and lets admit that when you are on holiday and are relaxing in the sun it makes you too sleepy to even think let alone read. Soooo I saw it on my bookshelf and decided to give it another go. #determinedorwhat
** I WARN YOU NOW THERE MIGHT BE SLIGHT SPOILERS BUT I WILL TRY NOT TO REVEAL TOO MUCH I PINKY PROMISE**
So without revealing too many spoilers basically the book is about a girl called Violet who was the ‘popular’ girl around school, until her older sister died in a car accident and then she became incredibly shy. It is also based around a boy in the same year as he called Theodore (aka Finch) who has never had many friends and is always contemplating committing suicide. They meet on the bell tower where Finch makes sure that Violet does not commit suicide. They start this project for school where they have to visit different locations in Indiana. Finch suffers from undiagnosed from bipolar and once that Violet was banned from seeing him by her parents things spiral out of control for Finch.
I don’t really want to say anymore because anything else I will say will just completely give the whole book away… and we wouldn’t want that??
However what I can say that once I got into the book, and luckily I did quite quickly it was all heartbreaking, funny, full of love and made me cry on multiple occasions. I remember thinking that this book will stay with me for a while because it is very VERY hard-hitting. It is based around the topic of mental health and suicide, for some people this might be a bit of a sensitive book to read, however I think it really opens your mind to what people in that situation might be feeling. But the book is also filled with happy moments, some making you smile from cheek to cheek and it is a complete rollercoaster of emotions.
The way the book is written is so clever. I think this is why it confused me at first, because each chapter the perspective swaps from Finch to Violet. I have never read a book like it but to be honest it actually makes you more drawn to the story as you get both perspectives.
I think this book was really well written and because it was based around teens I felt like I really connected to it.
Have you read this book?
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