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Veronika Decides to Die
Veronika Decides to Die
Author: Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything -- youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does -- at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live....  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061124266
ISBN-10: 0061124265
Publication Date: 6/1/2006
Pages: 240
Edition: Tra
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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iluvlibros avatar reviewed Veronika Decides to Die on + 73 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I really enjoy Paulo Coelho. Before this book, I had read The Alchemist. Since I loved The Alchemist, I had high expectations for Veronika Decides to Die. It definitely met and surpassed my expectations. It was an easy read but had so many interesting perspectives about life and what is "normal." I enjoyed it.
reviewed Veronika Decides to Die on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A modern day Catcher in the Rye with a female perspective. I wish this would have been required reading in high school!
reviewed Veronika Decides to Die on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I really liked this book. This was the first book by Paulo Coelho I read and it won't be the last! In alot of ways I could relate to Veronika and I was pleased the way the story ended.
kathyk519 avatar reviewed Veronika Decides to Die on + 111 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The overall message of the book is a good one - girl tries to commit suicide and gets a second chance at life. The premise is that we are all living the lives that we choose, and we can always choose to live differently - However, I found the writing style to be drawn out in some parts of the book, especially when the Doctor was trying to convey a message. Parts of the book were "dry." I don't know how else to describe it.
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Helpful Score: 2
This short book has the flavor of a morality tale that explores the definition of insanity in modern society. The suicide attempt of a young woman and the subsequent influence of her story and her presence in a psychiatric hospital directed by a doctor with enigmatic methods of treatment slowly unfold to reveal surprising layers of meaning. While the ultimate message can be construed as hopeful, there is a great deal to provoke thought, which is what I always enjoy about Paul Coelho's stories.
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abbykt avatar reviewed Veronika Decides to Die on + 113 more book reviews
This was an interesting book as it made the reader look at what was really insanity. I agree with Mari when she stated that the outside world was the same as inside: the people built up walls for themselves and formed groups to explain their existance. Some of the patients found the inside world to be freeing, as Veronika did, because they were able to act as they truely wanted since they were "insane." It was an interesting and enjoyable read.
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An interesting premise to write a book with an finally uplifting message. Some might like more plot to go with the message though.
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I thought it was a little slow to start off but it had a strong finish. It makes you think about life and reality.