by Jennifer Niven
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Just released: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Mental Illness, YA
Hardback: 400 pages
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.
This is one of those stories that tugs at the heart.
The characters and the relationship between the two main characters were presented with such heartfelt honesty, I enjoyed spending time with them and was very sad at the sad parts.
The character's school wander project provided a fun way to learn about different parts of the state of Indiana which prompted me to search for quirky and unusual places to visit in my state.
Got me thinking of the issue of suicide with its relation to mental illness.
* review copy courtesy of publisher
* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Mental Illness