Veronika Decides to Die

Apr 20

This is another fantastically succint story by Paulo Coelho.  Spoiler Alert!  Veronika no longer wants to live.  She is a 24 year old who doesn’t see the point in continuing with life’s banalities.  So she decides to swallow a bunch of pills.  The suicide attempt doesn’t take and she winds up in an “institution”.  The doctor in charge tells her that she didn’t get the job done…but the damage she has done to her heart has left irreparable  effects..and she will die within days.  So, our dear Veronika has time to think about her choices.  With 5 days left to live, she decides to do things she has always been fearful of; things that society will judge her by.  This is an eloquent story about the choices we make and the consequences that befall us if we do not follow our dreams.  Other than the author weirdly inserting himself into the story, I love this book and this author.

Update: There was a movie adaption starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, who I will always have a non-gay crush on thanks to her role in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, and it was terrible. I hate that.


  1. Your review makes me want to go out and get this tomorrow and read! Thanks!

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    Thanks Jen. I love this author.

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