On The Back:
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.
The first 75 pages or so I was wondering what I’d gotten myself into. I’d read so many great reviews on this book, and yet it just wasn’t “clicking” for me, but after page 75 the book escalated and became a fast-paced realistic read that I couldn’t put down.
I really loved this book. It had me laughing out loud, rolling my eyes, and at some points tearing up. The characters felt so real to me, like they lept off the page. The plot almost draws a parallel to parts in The Fault in Our Stars, however, this had enough different areas to make it stand on it’s own.
Overall a really great book that I would really recommend. I may have to buy it for myself instead of holding this library copy!