Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might die, but every day he also searches for – and manages to find something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school – six stories above the ground – it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising – just like life.
Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – bold, funny, live-out-loud guy, who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and starts living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
I like the story in a way that you’ll never know how the main characters ended up. I like how these two characters explore their little town and made every single moment memorable.
I like the character of Finch, easy-go-lucky guy and what’s not to love? He is bold and funny! But there is something so different about this guy; there is pain, there is confusion, there is frustration. He likes to help but he cannot help himself.
On the other hand, Violet – I really felt disconnected with her character. I don’t love her character but I really don’t hate it. She just avoids being with people (until he met Finch). I can’t feel her character but at the end of the story, I felt her grief. I felt sorry for her but at the same time I feel relieved that she will be okay.
The story is written in the POV of Finch and POV of Violet. In this way, readers will be able to understand both characters’ thoughts and emotions.
It is a story of Love, Understanding, Acceptance and Letting go.
Lesson Learned: It’s not what you take. It’s what you leave.