The dialogue fells real, natural and funny - but I have to say...from the first few pages, which involve an accident that leaves the hero a quadriplegic, and his young, inexperienced female caregiver witnessing the guy's former girlfriend and best friend's announcement to him of their engagement, i could have drafted the rest of the story myself. I finished the book, but it offered no surprises and it feels like a modern Danielle Steele.
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
As someone who has perspective, this book was quite the emotional journey for me. Readers meet Louisa "Lou" Clark, a 26-year-old café worker living at home with her parents, her disabled grandfather, her younger sister, and her younger sister's son. Her life takes a turn when the café closes, and after a series of odd jobs, she becomes the caregiver to Will Traynor. Will is a former business executive and adrenaline junkie who becomes a quadriplegic after a tragic accident. He's hard to get along with and has allowed his bitterness toward his situation to fester over a course of years. They're an unlikely duo who go from tolerating one another to forming a solid bond.
This book is largely told from Lou's view, but there were singular chapters told from the POV of Will and other people in his life, which are voiced by different narrators. They did an excellent job of bring the characters to life. However, this is an instance where these outside POVs were not needed aside from maybe Will's. I really didn't need a justification from people like Will's parents and felt the book performed fine without that filler. Also, I did become frustrated a bit with the people in Lou's life, even the ones who meant well, minimalizing her feelings and cowing her into agreeing with their assessment of what her life should be.
This book is heartwarming, funny, and touching. This book celebrates relationships that may not be seen as the standard in our society by allowing the characters an intimacy that others may perceive as lacking because of the circumstances. This also poses ethical questions in regards to the disabled and their wishes concerning their own life. Many things Louisa experienced as a caregiver, I could picture a corresponding moment in my own life. I could nod knowingly at many of the triumphs and frustrations that this book presented. Even to this day, it's hard not to get choked up about all the good and bad times. Moyes did an admirable job of highlighting the plight of caregivers and their disabled loved ones.
I see this book has a sequel and I'm torn about whether I'll read it or not since I feel this book stopped in a good place. I don't want to possibly diminish what turned out to be a touching story.
I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !
I have been a member of Audible for over 15 years,,,,I joined at the very beginning.
This book will go down as one of my all time favorites...Excellent storyteller skills by the author...Excellent readers!
I loved Clark, her strengths and her vulnerabilities. I loved Will and wept for what could have been.......Can't wait to begin "After You"......
JoJo Moyes is an excellent Authoress.......
I'll quote from a previous reviewer, Kelly, who described the "complete lack of any backbone or intelligence of the lead character, Louisa". I struggled through half of chapter four and gave up. I do not care what this dull and boring woman did after she finally found something she could actually get paid for doing, nor did I want to know any characters who could stand to interact with her. A complete waste of time.
I'm returning this book.
This books strays from the usual and vividly describes a situation that many are unaccustomed to. Having had a close friend in the position of Will, this book gave me insight into the daily struggle to adapt to the "new normal" of daily life but also those shed remarkable light on those that cared for him. The contrast of life before and after is stark and supports the mood of its main character. At the very core, is the fact that no matter Will's circumstances, he still had the ability to touch lives, hearts and reap the benefits himself. A worthy listen, for sure!
Touching story about the influence we have on others. It's about selflessness and selfishness. It is set in the UK so the narration has a British accent, which I don't mind at all. It's fairly modern, I think 2009. I really liked the narration and the story itself. It kept my interest, it wasn't slow at all. It's a book I will think about for a long time. It had some deep issues, about things most of us don't ever think about. I like a book that is different and not like others. I highly recommend it.
This audio book kept me enthralled for 3 days. It had humor, sadness but most of all, realistic depiction of characters. I'm not sure what I was expecting or hoping for in the end but the story telling was gripping. Im not sure we needed the other characters POV as they didn't add anything for me, but this story was powerful. I'm impressed with the writing and will check out other work by this author.
This novel grabbed me from the start, and I loved it right to the end. A working class 20-something English woman becomes caretaker for a wealthy quadriplegic young man. This story is filled with interesting and believable characters, and touches your heart throughout. There are small twists and turns which I won't say too much about, for fear of being a spoiler. While this feels like a story that will draw more female listeners and readers, I think men and women will both like this. It is both a feel-good and sad story. I liked Moyes's One Plus One, yet liked this even more. This was my favorite audio-novel in quite a while.