Book Review: Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho has always been my personal favourite. The first book I read of him was ‘The Alchemist” and after completing it, I couldn’t stop myself from buying the whole pack of his novels. I greatly admire his sense of life in all his novels.

 So among all other novels which I read of him ‘Veronika Decides to Die’ is one of my all time favourites. The idea of life and it’s importance is beautifully depicted by the author. The way he Radiates the charm of life cultivating it in a person who never appreciates life.

The story revolves around a girl who has everything anyone would feel lucky to have yet she decides to die. She realises that nothing interests her and she was neither happy nor sad. So one fine morning she tries to end her life by taking an overdose of sleeping pills only to find herself in Villete- the famous lunatic asylum. But the revelation that she has left with a handful of days makes her change her perspective about life. In this new journey of leftover days Veronika encounters different types of people having different perspectives and experiences about life. She realises her true passion and the purpose which was missing. She undergoes self discovery and finally feels the importance of her life and wants to make the most of it. This novel connects with the mind, heart and soul of it’s reader.

Apart from the theory of life and death the author has beautifully included other important aspects of life like madness. What mental state is actually characterized under madness? How a mad person is different from normal? All these questions are depicted solemnly in this novel.


The most mesmerizing thing in this novel which I felt could engage the readers is that, it doesn’t include only Veronika when it comes to the storyline. All the characters in this book share a story of their own and all of them are equally justified. So, this captivating novel is worth a read as from the very title to the main storyline, from the main character to the other small characters in this novel, all of them plays a big part in changing your thoughts about life.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Category: fiction/Philosophy

Pages: 210 pages

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4.2