Veronika Decides to Die
Veronika has everything she could wish for - young and pretty, with plenty of attractive boyfriends, a steady job, a loving family. Yet Veronika is not happy and one winter's morning she takes an overdose of sleeping pills, only to wake up some time later in the local hospital. There she is told that although she is alive, her heart is now irreparably damaged and she has only a few days to live...
This story follows her through these intense days as she starts to question all her ideas about life. Soon she comes to realize that every second of existence is a choice we all make between living and dying. This is a moving and uplifting song to life, one that reminds us that every moment in our lives is special and precious.
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This book was about Veronika and how she had decided to die, and attempted suicide. She awakens from her attempt to realize that the attempt was not successful, but that she had cause damage to her heart with the medication that she had tried to overdose on and that she would die within days.
Veronika uses her remaining time to reflect and through her own self-discovery she realizes that she should have been more open to feelings, and more importantly life itself.
The novel made me reflect on the length of our lives and how we live. We are oblivious to the fact that life is precious. Pushing the limits and appreciating the little pleasures of life, such as viewing the dawn or listening to a child's laughing, makes life worthwhile.