Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Veronika Decides to Die is an easy-to-read novel about a young woman, so unsatisfied with her uneventful life that she takes an overdose of tablets only to wake up in an asylum. She is informed that her overdose so weakened her heart that she only has a week to live. We follow her through her last week alive as she tries to fit in at the asylum, make friends and think about life, society, depression and the meaning of sanity. I enjoyed this book, but I enjoyed it like I enjoyed the Celestine Prophecies – nice story but completely unbelievable. Most of the book’s “philosophical” points I’d already thought about: have you every really thought about sanity and madness? And what about reality? Plus I’m personally not empowered by the “just think positively” approach and this book reeks of this. In fact the main doctor at the asylum thought that if Veronika just changed how she thought, her life could be so much happier! Bleuch!

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