I started this book last night and could absolutely not put it down, I was drawn in to the lives of Lou and Will. I had invested emotions and I was irrevocable in love with the book, that I devoured every single utterance and I finished it this morning.
Ahhh! This book was so beautiful and so powerful.
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.
As I write this, I have an avalanche of tears bombarding my face. Why do some books have such power over a person? I always so fascinated by it, I am always at the mercy of a captivating book and this was no different.
Firstly I need to express my admiration and love for Louisa, the main protagonist of the novel. She is amazing, quirky and extremely relatable. (I have a sudden urge to own a pair of bumblebee tights.) At many point throughout reading it, I would stop and think of how much I loved her character and how I could see myself in her.
As for Will, he broke my heart. I just wanted to jump inside the book and hug him. I felt the raw desperation that surrounded Will, the absence of his previous life and the suffocation of the wheelchair. He is a really powerful character that I feel will stay with me for a very long time, words cannot express why he has impacted me so much. Perhaps, his ability to change my view on going to Switzerland to end your life.
Aforementioned, the characters and the books has had a massive impact on my life and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second books. I need more Lou in my life, I need to know if she went to University, I need to know she is okay. Another wonderful thing about this book is that fact that although it is sad (not going to lie) it is also an extremely uplifting and rewarding read.
The book is also being made into a film!!! (Excuse me while I die of excitement) I can already tell I am going to adore the film while sobbing. I am soo happy with the choices of actors, Sam Claflin is extraordinary; one of my favourite actors. He was also amazing in Love Rosie, so I have high hopes!!! I must also admit, I have watched the trailer about 100 times since finishes the book.
Do not be scared to read it, it is incredible. Buy it here !! It is super cheap as well.