Author: Jojo Moyes
Page Count: 512
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.
There's been so much hype over this novel recently especially since it's been adapted to a movie (it is now out in cinemas). I bought this back in September and had to read it before watching the movie of course. I didn't know what to expect with this, I thought it would completely be all about romance and I was wrong. It's not a typical romance novel, it's more about self-discovery with a heartbreaking love story.
I loved loved loved the two main characters Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. I love how she resembles many women out there, and how determined she is. She is used to the small town she lives in, keeping her tragedies from the past within herself and her boxed dreams. Then there's Will, who tries to convince her to live her life, leave town and travel. Lou was Will's carer. She tried to do whatever to make him feel comfortable and happy but he would just be grumpy and sarcastic towards her.
I love how they both gradually stepped out of their comfort zones and did more things. In this novel, all the characters are so realistic. They are flawed characters who are broken and need each other. Another thing that was different with this story is that there was no instant love, in fact it was instant dislike, making the story more realistic.
This was one of the romance books that you could actually take something out of as well, and learn about quadriplegics. You learn how it feels like to be in their minds and how they perceive things. It was definitely very interesting trying to understand Will's perspective on the decisions he makes. Going into this novel, I already knew something would happen towards the end that would make me cry because everyone talked about how they bawled their eyes out. Knowing that something was going to happen definitely affected how I reacted at the end. I did tear up but there was no relentless crying going on, partly because I was in public. I am glad that the book ended the way it did because if it didn't then the book wouldn't have been as realistic and emotional as it is.
I highly recommend you read this book, and if you haven't watched the movie already, go ahead and read the book before watching it! You will definitely cry, some more than others. I cannot wait to finish up with exams and watch the movie once it releases here. The cast couldn't be more perfect and judging by the trailer I am sure this will be one of the truest book to movie adaptations out there.
"I will never, ever regret the things I've done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to."