Publication Date:December 31, 2012
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Oh, my heart! My achy breaky heart! Geez! I seriously felt the feels of this book for a few days after finishing it!
So I was seeing this book floating around booktube (a community of vloggers who talk about books on YouTube). Didn’t really pay attention to what the book was about until I saw the trailer for this upcoming movie. Looked amazing then I had friends and family ask me to read it and tell them if it’s worth reading.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s worth reading! (I will use photos from the upcoming film as I give my review)
This book follows a girl named Louisa but she goes by Lou. She’s a bit eccentric. She is isn’t sad nor truly happy with her life. She is treated oddly by family, no really, I don’t know how to explain it! They love her but I felt like they didn’t treat her nicely. I don’t know how it is over there in Britain and I know culture over there is different from Americans but it was odd. She was there to work and help take care of her family while her dad’s job was possibly laying off people, her mom couldn’t work cause she had to stay home and take care of her father who is sick. Her other sister had a kid and worked but it was crap pay and hours plus her sister then decides to go to school so it was left up to Lou to be the bread winner. Lou isn’t stupid per se but she seems content with what people think of her. One thing she IS set on, is her fashion which is eccentric and cute. I think it really fits her personality. Lou has a boyfriend, who has become obsessed with fitness and running to where Lou then becomes second fiddle.
After Lou looses her job she goes down to the work center in order to find something else. She then finds this job as a care-giver for a quadriplegic for 6 months or so. There we meet Will. A man who was successful, smart, rich and who lived life to its fullest! After a tragic accident that left him paralyzed with some very minor movements in his hands and arms. He is constantly in pain and frustrated. He’s hurt, angry, depressed and overwhelmed with this new life.
This book’s main theme is about “assisted suicide.” Now I won’t give any spoilers away, however I felt the author did a FANTASTIC job of showing both sides of the argument. I found myself agreeing to both sides when the argument was presented. However I will also say even when reading it, you see the writing on the wall and yet you keep reading because you become invested in the story and want to see how it turns out. I found myself when I thought of the idea of assisted suicide that if I took my religious beliefs out of the equation that I was okay with it. But when I didn’t take it out I found I couldn’t be. It was great to see myself at war with this topic especially when presented in such a story as this.
Overall, I LOVED this story. I LOVED how I felt with it. I loved how it left me feeling for days after I was done. I also love who they chose to play the parts in the film. Now I am going to say this. The movie is going to be EXACTLY like the book. Everything you see in the trailer is in the book, every line you hear from the film trailer is in the book. SO, it will be up to you if you want to read it first or wait and just watch it.
This falls under “adult lit” due to the ages of the characters.
Sexual Content: moderate (talk of sex, knowledge that 2 characters had sex)
Language: moderate (about 10 F works a few other choice words)