‘Is today a good day to die?’
This book washed over me like a wave. It wholly, irrevocably consumed me, and swept me away with it.
Jennifer Niven’s writing is laced so beautifully with emotion. Her words are prominent and just burning, glowing off the pages. She turns 388 pages of paper into startling happiness, profound sadness and burning love.
Her book acknowledges and portrays real things, curses, feelings in an honest, raw and unfiltered manner.
I read once that all of us, as humans, have fires burning inside of us. Some of us, burn more brightly, blindingly than others.
Theodore Finch is one of those people. His character is just so real, his mind, his soul to me was like a painting, a chaotic, overwhelming work of abstract art. Colors clashing, beautifully intertwining, a person with such a big heart, and a beautiful mind, with layers upon layers.
He is used to being Theodore ‘freak’, being bullied, misunderstood. There were parts of him, his kindness, quirkiness, that I found very endearing. If you haven’t guessed it yet, the line at the beginning of the review, that’s his. He wants to take his own life.
‘I am broken and no one can fix it’.
Violet, lost her sister. She lost her words, her happiness, a big piece of her heart.
These two broken ,hurt souls, find each other and their attraction forms an epic love story. One with lots of wandering, floating, Virginia Wolf, love, purity and beauty. She is his Jovian-plutonian effect, his reason to float, to soar.
Sometimes, you find writing phony, people talking about real, serious things for the sake of it, not understanding at all. This is not one of these. The concept of mental health issues is so real in this book, it makes us understand how these people feel, so alone, depressed. It shows us that these are actual, serious problems. This is not a simple, fluffy romance. It is so so so much more.
‘The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.’
This book will move you, shake you and unequivocally enchant you.
‘ I feel the need to say something grand and poetic, but the only thing I come up with is “It’s lovely” ’.Violet