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.
Why we chose this book: This book explores issues with mental health and family relationships. As discussion on mental health are slowly losing their stigma, it is important to raise awareness on these issues. With the current social isolation some people have lost important support structures in their lives. This book looks at the events that can trigger mental health issues and ways to find hope in these difficult times.
Food for Thought:
1. What life events impacted the characters mental health?
2. Who in their lives supported them and how?
3. Where did the youth find hope?
4. What additional supports would have helped these youth in their journey?
*There are several digital copies of this book at the Winnipeg Library.