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.
Simply fantastic. Oh my goodness. I’m struggling as I try to write this review because everything I could possibly tell you guys about this book wouldn’t do it justice. Please, please, please, just read it. I know it’s become one of my all time favorite reads, and I know that it could very well become on of yours!
As with every book, I fall in love with at least one character and for this novel, it is without a doubt, Lou Clark. I have never identified with a character so perfectly before–the thing about Lou is that she’s just so real. Her humor, sarcasm, temper, and naivety are exemplified throughout the book very well, and I never once felt that Moyes underportrayed or overportrayed any of the qualities that distinguish Lou from your stereotypical girl who falls in love.
Lou has even been criticized as a character for her naivety, which honestly baffles me because in my opinion, that was the point. We were supposed to see her naivety, but also understand it–a girl’s attempts at saving the man she’s in love with. What’s impressive is that the reader believes it. As I read, I said to myself on multiple occasions, “Yes! She’s gonna do it. She’s gonna save him, and I will not cry.” Totally wrong, by the way. I cried at least four times.
I also think that through Lou’s character the readers learn a very important lesson (one that even I struggle with), which is the impossibility of trying to save or fix a person that does not want to be fixed or saved. We know Lou and the type of person she is–kind, generous, and witty–and despite her good intentions, we start to understand her “enemy” (in this case, it’s Will and his final wish).
I think the saddest part about this novel is watching two people fall in love and not being able to stay together because one partner is choosing to die. Now, that’s not me bashing Will or his situation because I’m not sure what I would do if I were in his shoes–it couldn’t have been easy. However, in most romance novels I read, the couple cannot be together because one dies in a traumatic accident or similar situations like that.
I also like the transformation that the audience sees in terms of Lou and her character. When we meet her, she seems rather boring–stuck in a routine and safe life with little ambition. But through a temporary job and blooming relationship with Will, we see that is in fact Will who is saving Lou and showing her all the great things that can bring a person happiness and make life worth living.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. The writing is clever and clear, and the characters are vibrant and real, which makes any book worth reading in my opinion. If you’ve read the book, be sure to leave a comment below telling me what you liked or disliked about it! As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. I enjoy hearing from readers. 🙂
Goodreads rating: 4.31/5
Dee’s rating: 5/5