The Fault in Our Stars Deals with loving someone who is physically challenged and about to die.
Louisa was simply an amazing person. She starts out as someone who can serve others and enjoy waitressing. When she looks for a job, (parts that are done with absolutely terrific writing and British humor) it becomes obvious that the color of her parachute is one that really just longs to selflessly serve someone else.
Her ability to love someone in a way didn’t fit the cultural romantic norms. She loved the quadriplegic, impotent Will in a way that was much more focused on little ordinary everyday things. The way that she loved him had a very important lesson as we love someone who is aging or sick or injured: physical attractiveness in the Hollywood sense falls away. What’s left? Louisa showed me that a whole lot is left!
Luisa’s character is one that doesn’t treat someone with kid gloves-- she dishes it right back! Gradually, her motives for her choices moved away from just needing a job. She allows herself to become changed powerfully by serving and gradually loving Will.
This type of literature is changing me. I know, I know: chick lit. But as a man with a wife and three daughters at home, and many hurting people around me, I need this insight and sensitivity to human emotion. I’d like to thank the author for that. For example, this book gave insight as to why my wife and daughters want my shirts to sleep with when I’m gone.
Being a Christian minister, I had to take away a star for some ethical and worldview issues. Just the other day my dad (74) and his friend Ralph, both of whom are physically struggling with disability and aging had robust joy in the consideration of the resurrection and heaven. They are laughing and confident facing death. That perspective is lacking here. At least it’s not considered.
I found the author’s writing style to be entertaining and definitely engrossing. Her description of facial expressions and gestures was exquisite.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I did enjoy Me Before You, but I'm sorry... I didn't like the ending.
Perhaps because it could have been real, or perhaps because it was something I didn't want to happen. I didn't like how the book ended. It was as if a balloon was being filled and you were waiting for a great surprise, but were left with a dismal pop.
It was a solid performance and story - but it's not something I would rave to friends about.
Jojo Moyes is a gifted writer; she has a good sense of story, writes fine dialogue, and knows how to use detail.
But she doesn't have any business distorting a world that millions of brave people live in every day for the sake of an imaginary and silly "hero." Knowing just barely enough to write coherently about spinal cord injury shouldn't be license to exploit other people, and that's what she's done. For some of us, this isn't fiction. It's not dramatic potential, it's life.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
Well, geez. I'm not going to lie to you: this book is a really awkward mix of boring, silly, predictable chick lit and serious, depressing would-be tearjerker. The characters are on the shallow, unbelievable side (e.g., we are to believe the heroine, Louisa, is nearly 30 years old but somehow has never even considered reading a book, attending college, or moving in with her shallow, silly boyfriend of nearly a decade). The main narrator is good, and a good fit for the material, however, and even though the additional narrators are introduced so very late in the story that they feel like an awkward distraction, the sum total is a book that mostly flows along at an acceptable pace. I never truly felt for the characters because I never really believed in them as real, three-dimensional people, but there were some interesting aspects to the story. One thing I didn't expect was the fascinating glimpse into lower middle class British society. I also learned a few things I didn't know about the life and limitations of a quadriplegic (although I couldn't help but notice a few bits of misinformation scattered in amidst the truths).
Grade: C plus (or B minus if we are grading generously on a curve).
Bechdel test: Pass. (Lou and her sister Katrina converse about Trina's school plans and career goals...as well as which of them deserves the larger bedroom when they're both still living at home with their economically unstable parents.)
Based on the reviews I read before buying this book, I am apparently in the minority.
And, although I've listened to books before that I didn't really care for, I have never been compelled to write a negative review, until now.
I had to make myself finish this book. I felt I had already invested so much time (and a credit), and surely it would get better. But overall, it really didn't. I felt that it was very slow, and unpleasant in every way.
This is the first book I've read by Jojo Moyes and I'll be on the look-out for more. The characters sprang vividly to life, their voices and personalities unique to themselves. And they are memorable. It will be a long time before I forget Louisa Clark and Will Trainer. The pacing was intense too. The story grabbed me on page one and never let go.
The one cautionary note I have to add is that looking at the cover design, this book looks to me like a fairy tale romance. It's not. In my opinion, it's so much more. But I think if you are looking for a formula American romance, you may be disappointed.
In these reviews, I always try to think of another writer to whom I can compare the style of the work. Moyes reminded me a little of Liane Moriarty, a little of George Elliot and a little of Kurt Vonnegut. But really, she's in a class all her own.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I believe I would have to recommend this book to others as reading it was an experience unparalleled in my lifetime.
Lu was my favourite character. This is such a complex book but Lu's transformation throughout this book was inspiring. She began as a naive, inexperienced and narrow young girl who was somewhat two-dimensional. Her journey with Will helped her grow into a fully dimensional human being.
I believe that the final scene where Lu was sitting in Paris enjoying a Croissant and reading a letter (no ruining the story here) was my favourite.
A life fully lived.
I have never read a book quite like this. The name of the book certainly did not give any clue as to the depth and beauty of the contents.
Lu starts out as a young girl who has lost her job working at a small cafe in a town in the English countryside. She takes on a job as caregiver/companion for a gentleman who has been involved in a motorcycle accident and has, as a result, sustained a spinal cord injury rendering him a quadriplegic... unable to move any of his limbs save slight movement of some fingers. The story is not sugar coated and the characters are very real- beautifully developed and ones I will not forget. This is the type of book that stays with you long after you have finished the last chapter. Don't be fooled by the "daytime soap" title... this is a wonderful and deeply rewarding read.
As a clinician I found this novel trite, overly Romantic, inadiquetly researched and Harlequinesque.
The medical aspects; of both the condition and the care, were poorly researched and grossly inaccurate, the primary caregiver; who was never identified as the professional he clearly was; no doubt a “Trained Nurse”, failed to warn our protagonist against the pitfalls of romantic involvements which; for all the wrong reasons, sometimes develop between patient and caregiver; and which almost always end in disaster; which is why medical professionals avoid them like the plague.
But more disturbing than the romantic silliness, was the selfish, overzealous, anti “self-deliverance”, position taken by both the caregivers and the parents. That position was so out of line with current position on self-deliverance and the concept of the “Advanced Directive” as to make this story completely implausible.
I found it very difficult to handle the intensely, selfish, attitudes toward the right of a patient to make an end of life decision without being burdened by the judgment of all those around him!
I did stick with this story to the end. The transparent episode with the visitor from London was exactly what I expected it to be, and the end was exactly what I expected it to be.
This story was very formulaic and delivered no surprises.
My only objection to the reading, which was quite good in general, was the introduction of the primary caregiver, who's voice boomed onto the scene as if out of nowhere; abrupt, too loud, and generally out of sync with the gentle flow of the narrative.
My guess is that, if you’re a woman, and a romantic, with no medically training, and you are oblivious to the current trends on end of life issues, you will probably love this book .
A rewrite with a new female lead not written to be so lame and pathetic.
The complete lack of any backbone or intelligence of the lead character, Louisa. How readers (or listeners) can like this book with such a disappointing character is beyond me. The most obvious things she can't figure out, anticipate or wrap her head around? Please. And the description of the book and some reviewers comment on how close her family is. All that was mentioned is how often her family makes fun of her, calls her stupid and has absolutely no expectations of her beyond getting a new job at a cafe, if she's lucky. In my world, that's not a close or supportive family. I feel like the author expects readers themselves to be a bit clueless to accept anything in this story.
Maybe. She wasn't great, but she didn't make the story any worse, that's for sure.
Don't waste a credit or your $. There are SO many better stories out there!!! If a tear jerker is what you're after, listen to something beautiful like The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - an amazing story that will make your heart break at times.