I really have no clue what to think of this. As a person who doesn't remember a time she wasn't suicidal to some degree, I can sympathize with these characters. I also feel for Finch because his family is so bent on turning a blind eye to the obvious mental illness he suffers from. My mom never admitted I was sick. When I was in a bleak or black mood, she would always say "it's just part of being a woman. Get over it." I went years without help and nearly drowned in the emotional turmoil before I got help. The thing that bothered me about this was how much of a bad influence Finch was on Violet while also being a good influence. I just feel like some of his behavior was dangerous. But bless his heart, he needed help. This book is on the local school district's required reading for high school, but I think PARENTS need to read this. Read this and talk to your kids. And pay attention.