I love this book. It is one of my favorite stories, and given that I'm a writer, I've read a lot of books. The great thing is, I was moved by this book and the way it was told even though it's a translation! There are times when you can tell that it's been translated into English, but it doesn't take too much away from the story. I would give anything to learn Portuguese so that I could read Veronika Decides to Die the way it was meant to be read.
I read this book all in one sitting! I was just so drawn to the character of Veronika and her emotions that I couldn't stop until I knew how the story ended. I suppose it helps that I am extremely interested in stories that deal with mental health issues, as a general rule, so this book fit my criteria. If you are interested in stories that deal with how mental health issues are dealt with, suicide (and attempts), and of course, how love can change someone's life, this is definitely a book you should read!
The individual characters are very dynamic. As the reader, we get to see their present state, the events that led them to their present state, and experience the breakthroughs they experience along with them. It's absolutely a heartrending piece.
I am absolutely *dying* (no pun intended!) for this film to be released on dvd in the United States. I think the casting was done beautifully (Sarah Michelle Gellar playing the role of Veronika especially). The release has been delayed several times as of now (June 2010) so I'm waiting with bated breath to be able to see this story presented on screen.
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