Dang, this book had a lot of feels.
I have a lot of emotions about this wonderful, wonderful book. But some of those emotions are a bit mixed. (Also I didn’t cry? This book definitely hit me hard in the feels but I didn’t actually cry.. whoops) So I’m going to tell you about it.
This post may contain some spoilers, but I’ll try my best to warn you of them before it’s too late.
Also I’m kinda new at this whole “actually trying to do good book reviews” thing so please don’t judge this post too hard. Thanks.
“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.” -goodreads
I love love love that the cover like actually relates to and makes sense with the book! It’s just so great and beautiful and !!!!! Like the blue wall with the post-its just like yesss
So on the hardcover version of the book, underneath the book jacket there is a hidden beauty.
I’m pretty sure I actually gasped when I saw this for the first time. Is it not the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen? I love it so much!!!
Okay take Cath from Fangirl. Rewrite Fangirl to a year earlier than when it takes place. Alternate dimension where Wren dies. And that’s Violet. Seriously, think about it. Violet from Before is literally Cath. Think about it. See how right I am?
I appreciate Violet. She is just so nice and relatable and a lot of what I want in a good female character. She isn’t like the best character I’ve ever read but I did appreciate her very much.
I don’t even know where to start. I loved Finch. A lot. He was just great and a healthy amount of edgy/hardcore-rebellious/poetic/care-free. I feel like his character impacted me a lot. I wish I could say thank you. (for the way he affected me, not necessarily his like actions.. ya know..) Except he’s also ya know.. fictional.
I really wish we got to learn a bit more about some of the side characters mainly Amanda, Brenda and Charlie. Also maybe Finch’s siblings?
They just kinda throw out a bit of back story for Amanda and then never really go back to it and I really wish they had delved just a bit deeper into that. But I do also like how they did it because it shows that everyone has deeper issues that you may not know about.
Also Brenda and Charlie were introduced and then never really present after that and it kinda bothered me I guess.
- This book was about mental health and relationships. And something that I really really appreciated was the fact that the book showed that if you have a mental illness you may need more than going on dates and talking about life to recover. You may actually need to get help and that’s okay.
- It was really, really, truly beautiful.
- I love love love the way they represented some of the things Violet went through. I definitely related to it a lot. Its nice to know that you’re not alone and there’s a book character who is dealing with the same things as you.
- I love all the the poetry-ish parts in it. Like the whole “gold, flowing” thing. I like that.
- I think they did a pretty good job representing like school guidance counselors and how just one death can affect everybody but it’s also different for everybody. I don’t know how to word it. It was good.
- It seemed to be really negative towards taking any sort of medication for mental illness? I don’t know.. just the support group scene seemed to kinda shame like anti-depressants and stuff.. but that may have just been Finch’s brain talking.
- The book was very fast paced. I don’t know if it was just me but it felt like I turned the page and then all of a sudden three weeks had passed! And they just didn’t really go into detail on some events and just breezed over a lot of stuff as if they were rushing to finish the book.
- There was no trigger warnings at all. It fortunately didn’t affect me a lot but I can definitely see there being an issue with someone who is triggered by suicide attempts or anything of that sort. But then again you can’t expect authors to be like “hey, just letting you know there’s gonna be a really dramatic event in like 3 chapters”
Other Opinion-y Stuff
I think this book was a bit over-hyped. I guess other people made me think that it’d be more sad or more happy. But it was just kinda like in the middle.
Still, I would definitely recommend this book to pretty much anyone! It may not be appropriate for some younger readers, and if you are someone who heeds trigger warnings, this book may not be for you. But if you are a slightly older, trigger-less being, than I really think you’ll like this book!
Apparently there was like supposed to be a movie for this book? But it’s not happening anymore? Or it is? I don’t even know.. I’m scared that a movie wouldn’t do this book justice.. Also Elle Fanning is supposed to be Violet? Why can’t we have highschool-age characters played by actual highschoolers?!!
Also yes there were *cough*”events”*cough* (okay its really only that one big tragic thing) that happened more towards the end and yes it was hard to read, but I’m glad that wrote all of that how they did. Because I’ve had to experience something similar* in my life and it really helps me to read about it. It’s similar to why I like Looking for Alaska so much. It’s so incredibly comforting to have book characters that you love go through the same thing that you did. Even though you would never wish it on them, it’s good to know that you’re not alone.
*though not to that level
Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you have a favorite character? Do you agree/disagree with anything I said here? Did this book make you cry?