By: Jennifer Niven. Check is out here.
If you go look this book up somewhere it will likely compare the book to John Green’s, “The Fault In Ours Stars”. I don’t think this is entirely accurate, but that’s just my personal opinion because I didn’t like, “The Fault In Our Stars”, but I loved this book.
The author does a really great job of getting into the minds of teenager on the brink of graduating high school and becoming independent from the world they have always known. I felt a lot of strong ties to the main characters, as far as the the things I went through during the same time in my life. One main character is Finch (male) and the other main character is Violet (female). This gives the book a great dynamic, because you get a look into what this time of life is like for a girl and a boy. It alternates chapters between them.
Now that I am in my late twenties– I am trying steer clear of young adult booked because they seem to be getting cheesier and cheesier. This one however I would recommend to people of all ages. I would especially recommend it to anyone who struggled with mental health issues during high school (depression, social anxiety), a traumatic event (death of a family member or friend) or even a struggle to find your place within a group of peers (whether you were an outcast or you had to fake it to make). I just thought it was a good book that would normalized the emotions you probably felt during any of these situations– it did that for me.
Finch & Violet become partners for a class project and they set off to not only get to know each other but also to get out of their comfort zones. They come from different nurtured backgrounds but along the way they realize that they aren’t so different. It basically turns into the classic love story– boy meets girl — boy pursues girl– girl is hesitant– after multiple conflicts things pursue in the direction you are hoping for and a direction that seems to be the obvious one–but there isn’t a happy ending.
The ending was simply amazing, poetic and believable. I can’t go into detail without giving away spoilers. The book evokes common emotions most of us have felt and it kept the cheesiness to a minimum. In a way it kind of reminded me of my all time favorite movie, 500 Days of Summer, just with younger characters and maybe that is why I liked it so much.