a short opinion: It was a lovely read for an afternoon; the story is compelling and the characters are interesting (aka I did like it). I wouldn't give it five stars, but it was a good read you know? I recommend it.
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When I went to the library the other day, this was one of two novels that I ended up picking up. It was a nice read in a sense that it was just that— it was simply nice. There are three things that help me determine whether something is really well written: how immersed I am in the writing, whether or not I can put it down, and/or goosebumps.
Reading this, I was never p u l l e d into the story. I wanted to know what happened next, yes, but I wasn't filled with that rush. With this book, I could take my time reading it, which may sound pleasant (and it was, in a way) but on the other hand my reading felt like it lost a certain depth since it felt very on-the-surface.
I did like the story. Finch's idea for wandering, Violet slowly coming out of her shell, over the course of the story you could just see and watch these teens who were hurt by the events of their lives find something to live for and fall in love. It was so pleasant to see it all play out.
The concept of it all was great, and the quotes from the suicide notes and literature: oh man those were my favorite parts. Those little details added another layer that I greatly loved. It was this that made the ending... Disappointing.
I get that the ending is realistic, because there is no doubt that it does happen to people (which is why the author included help hotlines at the end of the novel for anyone else going through similar things), but hear me out. Every other chapter was alternating point of views between Finch and Violet. Through this method of storytelling it filled gaps and provided insight. Yet by the end, to which Finch ultimately commits suicide, it seemed so out of the blue to me that I was actually in denial and swearing that he was gonna come back he had to come back until the actual funeral. From the final parts that were in his point view, why was there not enough foreshadowing for me to feel like it wasn't so sudden? What were the thoughts that led him to that decision? The only thing that comes to mind was the fact that Violet and him were separated due to her parents, but that doesn't seem like something that would have driven him to that point. It seemed out of character for him.
I know suicide is different for every circumstance, and for every person; however, the ending was just strange? in a way? Like I mentioned earlier, it is probably due to the fact that it seems out of character from what and how his thinking and personal outlook is established during the preceding events of the story.
All in all, words I would describe this novel include: good, nice, pleasant, and lovely. A good pick for an afternoon read, I do recommend it even though the ending wasn't the best.
// with love ; kimiko hope
p.s. if you are going through depression, are suicidal, etc. please seek help! click here and here for various usa and international help hotlines. asking for help doesn't make you weak, accepting it is the bravest thing you can do to get better ❤️
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