Plot: Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, plenty of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.
Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn’t kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are books that are written to help people find the meaning of life, or help them understand that being different is alright. People must accept themselves, they have to stop fighting who they are in order to make others happy.
Veronika tried to suicide not because she was depressed, but because she felt at an early age that she lived all there is to be lived and she couldn’t really understand the meaning of life. She had to pass through this horrible experience and fell in love with a supposed schizophrenic to realize that what she actually needed in her life was…love and be loved. She spend a week in a psychiatric hospital where she meat different kinds of people that were or not ”crazy” and that made her realize that there is much more to be lived and suicide is not the answer.
The story covers depression, panic attacks, suicide and each one is represented by a specific person with a common life story. I really liked this book because I feel like it reflects reality and real people. The struggles that they pass are what we see in our day to day life and while some are strong enough to hide their true feelings, others fall thinking that because they are different there must be something wrong with them.
I highly recommend this book.
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You’re someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that, in my view, is a serious illness.” “Is wanting to be different a serious illness?” “It is if you force yourself to be the same as everyone else. It causes neuroses, psychoses, and paranoia. It’s a distortion of nature, it goes against God’s laws, for in all the world’s woods and forests, he did not create a single leaf the same as another.