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Friday, February 8, 2019

Read The World - Slovenia - Veronika Decides To Die

Book: Veronika Decides To Die
Author: Paulo Coelho
Pages: 240
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO
I have visited: NO

This was my 14th read for 2019, and the last book I read in January.  I finished it on 1/30/2019

I have read the Alchemist by this author in the past and liked that book.  When I saw that he wrote this one, I added it to my list for Slovenia.  I have seen the movie several years ago, so I was curious about the book.  I don't remember a lot about it, but I am thinking it didn't take place in Slovenia.  I will have to re-watch it to find out.

Veronika has decided to commit suicide.  Her reasons aren't great - she has a good life, a good job, good family.  But she has had enough.  She has thought through her suicide - decided the best way to go is by taking a lot of sleeping pills.

It doesn't work, and she wakes up in a mental hospital - committed and ordered to get well.  Dr. Igor is treating her, and tells Veronika that she has survived her suicide attempt, but they have discovered she has a serious heart problem.  This heart problem will kill her in a matter of days.

It is now that Veronika starts to learn what it is to die.  And to live.  She meets a few people on the inside that she comes to admire, and even falls for a young man named Eduard.  She tries to fit in a lifetime of living in her final days on earth.

This is a pretty good book.  It is really, really short.  I read it in a day and a half.  I didn't think it was as good as the Alchemist.  It was a fine book, but I feel like it should have been a little longer in order to become more invested in the characters.  It was hard to develop feelings for any of them in such a short amount of pages.  Although -the book does really only cover a week in Veronika's life, so maybe this is all there is to say.

I would not count it out.  Because I saw the movie, I knew the ending of the book already, but if you don't know it - reading the book would be worth it for the ending alone.

Stars:  3


  1. I have only read his book The Alchemist so reading something else by him is actually something I want to eventually do as well. I think that this one deals with such a big topic of suicide and it's a shame it isn't a bit longer to be able to give the author more room to explore the topic and characters!! Great review x

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  2. I tried getting into this a couple times, but didn't find what I was looking for. Maybe I'll try again.

    It wasn't like the alchemist at all, but I didn't love his book on the valkyries either.