Jan 11, 2021jenwan914 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is about a teenage boy named Theodore who lost his mother due to a terrorist attack in a museum at New York. After the death of his mother, he is put into the custody of his father before moving to Las Vegas. This experience is highly traumatizing for Theodore, as he is left without a responsible, loving adult figure in his life. As Theodore deals with his unexpected and unfortunate life circumstances, he learns the importance of independence, friendship, and love. The story follows him into adulthood and details his lonely life in Las Vegas and his chaotic journey back to his home town.
To this day, “The Goldfinch” remains one of my favorite books. Donna Tartt does a spectacular job of building a connection between Theodore and the reader. I was able to live vicariously through Theodore’s heartbreaks, depressive episodes, and joyful days. This book provides its readers with a deep understanding of mental health and life, and after finishing this story, I found that I built more empathy and was able to learn so much about the world. For things I did not like about the story, I felt as if the story became unraveled and unnecessarily messy towards the end.