Synopsis: 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.
Huge thank you to Knopf Books for Young Readers and Netgalley for this ARC!
My god. This book is amazing. Put it on your TBR shelves people. You want this. It’s smart, funny, heartbreaking, lyrical, poignant, edgy, and so fucking real.
I can’t say too much about this because I don’t want to spoil it, but the story of Violet and Finch is beautiful. I love how they love, I love how they grow. It’s also a story of too little too late. And that made my heart hurt. I cried in this book multiple times. I read all the way to the end (author’s note, acknowledgements, etc.).
Both Violet and Finch were strong characters. They’re people we know, people we grew up with. That weird boy, that tragic girl. I love stories where unlikely misfits fall in love, and this just tugged at all the right strings and gave me all the feels.
I also really like how the incredibly strong message this book has doesn’t come across as preachy at all. It’s smooth and natural and at the same time jarring and shocking and really makes you think about life and the way mental illness is treated and the stigmas that are attached to them.
Just read this book you guys. Just read it.