In a manner similar to how I start reading most books, (snatching them from my friends when they’re in the midst of reading it) I finally found a book that had me engrossed in it from the first to the last page.
“It’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”
The book is written from two points of views, that of a boy names Theodore Finch who is contemplating taking his own life; and a girl names Violet Markey who believes she is a lost cause post her sister’s death. I absolutely love how Jennifer has so clearly brought out how the characters change in terms of their personalities and acceptance of their lives after they meet each other.
The books starts when the two meet on the top of the ledge at the school bell tower where he talks her out of suicide while simultaneously portraying that the exact opposite was taking place. The story then takes off when they are partners for a geography project wherein they have to explore their hometown. I love the concept and ideology behind the wanders mentioned in the book and how both the characters are so bent on making memories and making the most of their happy moments that it makes one want to live life even more so.
Never before have I seen in a book the thought processes of high school students being depicted so appropriately. From support groups, immature teenagers,and somewhat useless councilors, to the mature kids who believe life is what you make of it. This book was in my opinion perfect for it’s target audience and very well thought out. The only thing that was weird however was that the explicit parts were skipped out on (which I understand since it’s for kids) however, that created a gap in some parts of the story since the connection was lost. I mean a girl losing her virginity is a fairly important detail.
All in all the book was kinda depressing and saddening since I was in tears by the time it ended but I absolutely loved it. It is must read for everyone.
Unfortunately, this is all I can say about the book without ruining the story for you. I hope you guys add it to your reading list!