Author: Jennifer Niven
This book follows Violet Markey and Theodore Finch who meet at their school’s bell tower with the intention of committing suicide. Violet is dealing with a traumatic event while Finch is suicidal. It is a well written story that is heavily themed on mental illness and is told from the point of view of both Violet and Finch.
It’s heartbreaking and gives a glimpse into how people with suicidal tendencies think and the effects of suicide on the people they leave behind. I have personally only read or heard about suicide from the news, books or on TV shows, I haven’t had anyone close to me deal with this issue, so it was an eye opening experience to actually read the character’s thoughts because I’ve always been a little curious as to what exactly goes through their minds. It’s a work of fiction, yes, but all the same, it was interesting to get into their heads.
Kind of reminded me of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which chronicles Esther Greenwood’s descent into madness. It’s the only other book about mental health that I really enjoyed reading (maybe because it was heavily based on Sylvia Plath’s life) because again, you get to see what’s going on in her head.
I enjoyed reading it!