This is the second novel by Paulo Coelho that I've read, the first being the ridiculous The Alchemist. Veronika Decides to Die is a vast improvement but still displays many flaws. I did enjoy the story yet Coelho continues to talk down to his reader and offer simple platitudes. He also continues to hammer the moral into the reader with a blunt instrument. No. I wasn't insulted as I was by The Alchemist but I doubt if I will pick up another of his books soon...or ever.