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One of the best YA books I ever read.
15 March 2020 (07:49)
If you've watched the movie before reading this I promise you they're nothing alike. This book is absolutely amazing. Showing how loss and depression affect people from two different sides and how, while one person is growing and coming into the light, someone in the same 'world' as them can be growing smaller and falling into their own darkness and how even those that are taking care of you can miss important signs. It's an amazing read and really exposes the difficult parts of depression and loss as well as doing an amazing job at explaining how it can feel to lose to it. definitely recommend!
01 April 2020 (04:10)
I have not watched the movie yet but the book is just lovely , raw and absolutely amazing.
12 April 2020 (22:33)
The story starts as they meet at the top of a bell tower, considering ending their lives. Violet feels survivors guilt from her sister’s death. Finch suffers from bipolar depression, his guidance counsellor was the first to diagnose him, however, due to the stigma attached to mental illness he refuses to seek any help. Finch can’t stand the thought of having another depressive episode with bipolar discord we so he eventually commits suicide. The theme in this story had a much deeper meaning than anything I’ve read before, focusing on death and suicide and them being almost too hard to understand. The main themes of the story are:dealing with loss, love, guilt, suicide and mental illness. The romantic relationship between Violet and Finch is central to the plot of the story as Violet quickly becomes very attached to him. As their relationship progresses Violet begins to feel better and she opens up to Finch. Love is present not only in a romantic sense but also a familial and the platonic relationship between the main characters. Both characters’ families play a huge role in their life and they way they act. Violet’s parents are and loving people, they become overly concerned about Violet post Eleanor’s death and suppress their own feelings. It’s because of Violet’s powerful love for her sister which drives the significant change in behaviour after Eleanor dies. Finch’s parents are the complete opposite, his father has been abusive towards him and his mother in the past and his father left his mother for another woman. This resulted in Finch’s mother becoming confused and oblivious to the problems in her children’s lives. Violet deals with her sister’s death throughout the book and Finch’s death at the end of the book, Through these experiences Violet feels a lot of guilt, she thinks it is unfair that he saved her life but she was unable to save his. “You are all the colours in one, at full brightness” Finch says as he sees the positive impact he has on Violet and how she is changing. A juxtaposition to his growing desire to die. He had many ways to cope with these feelings, like running, writing in his diary and driving- he says speeding makes him feel more alive. At one point in the story, Finch holds sleeping pills in his palm but decides not to take them because he is worried about who is going to take care of Violet. Despite being suicidal Finch tries his hardest to keep Violet alive, showing genuine care and concern towards someone he’s known for such little time. Violet is the main reason he wants to stay alive but even that love isn’t powerful enough at the end.
09 June 2020 (17:25)