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.
Where do I start? Wauw. This book. A lot of people had warned me about this book, that it was going to make me super sad. Well, it did. My heart feels heavy.
“What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good? This is what I want to do with Violet – give her only the good, keep away the bad, so that good is all we ever have around us.”
Finch is obsessed with death, finding ways how he could die, knowing facts about different ways of suicide. Violet just wants life to move faster, so she can graduate and get out of this place. They are so very different. They would never have met if it weren’t for the fact they were both in the bell tower at the right moment. After that, Finch declares Violet his project partner and then it’s just a rocky and adventurous road with hurdles and new found friendship and love.
“You know what I like about you, Finch? You’re interesting. You’re different. And I can talk to you. Don’t let that go to your head.”
“You know what I like about you, Ultraviolet Remarkey-able? Everything.”
It took me some time to get into this book, but once I did, I didn’t want to stop reading. Finch. Oh my beautiful Finch. I kinda want my own Finch who’ll drag me with him to wander interesting places and tells me facts about life. I ship Violet and Finch so fucking much. GOD LET ME LIVE.
“I wish I could promise you perfect days and sunshine, but I’m never going to be Ryan Cross.”
“If there’s one thing I know, it’s that no one can promise anything. And I don’t want Ryan Cross. Let me worry about what I want.”
I’m empty. I’m hollow. My heart feels heavy. I don’t think there are words to describe this book. It was just beautifully written, and it’s a heartfelt story. But I loved it a lot and it’s definitely a must read book. So if you haven’t read it already, you should. Prepare to get sad though. Okay, now I’m going to cry for a bit.
“The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.”