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Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
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Dec 01, 2007

really liked it
Read in November, 2007

My first experience with Coelho was in reading the novel "The Alchemist." I found that I did not agree with the general consensus that the book was amazing but instead found it to be quite preachy and a little contrived. Granted, I did cut Coehlo some slack as I realized I went into reading the book expecting it's grandiosity to change my life. My friend Cassie was the only person I know who agreed with me on "The Alchemist" and in hearing her recommendation to read "Veronika Decides to Die", I decided to give Coelho another shot. My experience was quite different as I found "Veronika Decides to Die" to be neither contrived nor preachy. Although I thought the ending of this book was heading toward my review of "The Alchemist", all and all I deemed this book to have better writing and many interesting ideas. "Veronika Decides to Die" kept me intrigued and although it still contained a little bit of an agenda from Coelho, I think the main points of this book are universal and can be appreciated by everyone. I recommend this book to anyone who struggled with "The Alchemist" and is looking to read something inspiring that still maintains originality.
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