Violet Markey continues to suffer from grief and survivors guilt after a tragic accident 9 month earlier. She counts down the days until graduation and freedom.
After meeting on a ledge (literally) they begin to help each other see the good in the world and themselves. On a quest for adventure and The Perfect Day, their two stories become one filled with hope, love, and charming humor.
I’ve read this book twice now, and I’m sure there will be a 3rd, and a 25th. I’m not easily impressed by most books that don’t involve some sort of magic or world saving, but Jennifer Niven showed me the beauty in saving other people, yourself included. I’ve read my fair share of high school romance, and at its core-that’s exactly what this book is. But it is so much more than that, which is why it’s in my top 5 favorite of 2016. This story tackles important issues such as mental health and grief in such a painfully realistic way. The feelings I felt for Violet and Finch are the same feeling I have for my sister or brother. When they were sad, I worried and fretted and held the book gently (if that’s even possible) until they felt better. When they were ecstatic, so was I. And the ending is so surprising that both times I’ve finished the book, I’ve thrown it across the room.
As a senior in high school, I also really liked this book because the majority of their interactions are because of a US Geography project which encourages them to wander their own state before some of them leave for good. It makes me want to get out there and really see what my town, or my state, has to offer before I leave.
Buzz feed described this book as “Impressively layered, lived-in, and real.” This is a very accurate description and I believe that fans of any John Green, David Leviathan, Sarah Dessen, or Rainbow Rowell would enjoy this book. I give this book a 9/10, we have it here at Craigain so come check it out!