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. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?
This book begins with Violet and Finch meeting on the bell tower both thinking about throwing themselves off, both have very different reasons.
Throughout the book we learn more about them and their relationship evolves. There were certain things about this book that bugged me, like Finch’s family’s reaction to him leaving for days at a time. No one seemed to care or try to understand which was infuriating but also happens in real life. I really enjoyed Jennifer Niven’s writing style and character development.
This was a great book. It has been compared to The Fault In Our Stars, which I understand in that the same audience would like it but the story and writing are very different.