This book is a really good depiction of depression and mental illness, the way a bad mood can consume someone who is already standing on the ledge. It shows that there can be a lot more going on under the surface if you stop to look and I saw some of my own darker thoughts and feelings reflected in Finch.
Finch was a really problematic character that had deep mental health issues, he should not be seen as romantic. His infatuation with Violet borders on obsession and while their moments together were often sweet, his forceful nature made me wonder how the story would have panned out, if Violet had rejected him fully.
I liked the wanderings, it is one of my favourite tropes in contemporary Young Adult books for the main couple to have a set project they're working on, often through visiting places, or letters, or clues. This book takes us around Indiana, visiting homemade roller coasters, a bookmobile park and the largest ball of paint.
I think for the ending I would have liked a glimpse into the future, which is something I always wish for and rarely get. I want to know that my characters are okay, moving on with their lives and then it would be a lot easier for me to close the final page.