I kept hearing about this book and I did read The Alchemist so why not?
Veronika is a 24-year-old who no longer wants to live and tries to kill herself with sleeping pills. Her plan does not succeed and she wakes up in a mental hospital, Villete, where she learns the suicide attempt damaged her heart and only has a few days to live.
It wasn’t quite as hard-hitting as The Alchemist but I liked it overall. The first half of the book focused on Veronika’s struggles and it was hard not to relate to her feelings. I think it kind of lost focus once in Villete, though I did appreciate learning about the other patients. But there was a really awkward masturbation scene that I could have done without. The ending made sense and did cause me to think how lucky I am.