This book was creative, funny and thoughtful. The ending was a huge disappointment. Will chose to die, and didn't care one wit about others around him. It seems like his attitude wasn't much of a departure from his life before the accident. He was an ass before and was an ass after as well. The final dialogue between he and Clark is a perfect example of his selfishness. He chooses how his life should be and how he would live it no matter who was hurt. Mother, father, sister, girlfriend. None of them mattered. Ugh! Just completely frustrating...
Change the ending to reflect a less selfish and pushy man.
No, The narrators were wonderful.
I wish I had done more research on this book before I read it. I would not have spent my time listening if I had.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
Reading/listening to this book was a very "satisfying, engaging experience". The characters, although somewhat cliche, are realistic and well developed. The way they relate to each other is very believable. The story follows an interestingly complex course. The author handles issues such as quadriplegia, care giving and assisted suicide, which are integral to the story, with the taste and respect they deserve. The story is thought provoking as well as utterly entertaining.
The different narrators add to the characterizations. I really enjoyed the narrator who lends her voice to plucky Louise.
Louise is exactly as Will describes her on his final letter to her; she carries her feelings on her sleeve. Although she would certainly be fun to go out with, it is Will Trainer who I would love to have a chat with. The reason why he makes the choice he makes in the novel would be the topic of our discussion.
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I am not big on "romance" but, although this book is about a relationship between two people that develops into a romance, there are enough equally important elements in the story to engage our brains as well as our hearts.
I'm so angry this book made me feel so horrible. Life is full of ups and downs and there are plenty of situations in this world to feel sad about... I don't want to read a gut-wrenching tale of whoa that brings forth tears to the point of a stuffy nose!
I prefer uplifting happy tales to entertain me. Had I realized what I was getting into I would have never have even started this book :-(
I don't remember who recommended this book to me but I should have read a bit before downloading. Not my type of story.
Yes -- the narration was strong.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
The synopsis of this book's plot might cause you to assume a dreary medical procedural, with lots of discussion of treatments. Almost none of that occurs. The male protagonist is a quadriplegic, but the story is about what happens when people from completely different walks of life are thrust together in co-dependence. The story is told variously from the points of view of several of the primary and secondary characters, weaving together a plot that is driven by need, desire and deep emotional development. It contains every element a memorable book requires: pain, humor, love, fear, selfishness and kindness. A little bigotry and understanding thrown in, too. I am telling everyone to read or listen to this book. One of the best ever.
When Louisa takes Will on holiday.
Well I'll tell you what I didn't like and that was the ending. I was so hoping Will would change his mind.
Very well done.
Sad. I even looked up on line. You can actually end your own life in certain cerium-stances.
right up there
the final decisions she had to make
seemed to be more deeply moving toward "their" insight, that reading wouldn't have given me
What decision would you make????
This book is going to be on my recommended list to our book club due to the theme. I think it lends itself to discussion post read with intelligent people.
I love books.
This is a book that was on my TBR list for quite a while. I kept getting strong encouragements to read it, but held back because I knew it would be a book that would get me feeling and sometimes it is hard to go into something knowing it might be a little intense. I am so glad that I finally experienced this book and know these characters.
I don't want to talk much about the plot because I feel like going in with a lot of encouragement, but without much of an idea of what the book was about was really great. Louisa goes into her situation with no idea of what she was getting herself into and it really helped me connect to her since we were experiencing everything together. I became engaged in this story quickly, and one of the things I found completely fascinating was that even during periods where the main character was doing something tedious or experiencing a lot of boredom, all of those feelings were clearly relayed but in a way that never left me feeling disconnected. I like that this book brings up problems that don't have clear solutions and cause the reader (or listener) to examine their own beliefs while learning and understanding the points of view of each character. This book is charming, and witty, and wonderful. I adored the lovable dysfunction of Louisa's family, especially her relationship with her sister who was simultaneously a primary source of her frustration and anger as well as her closest confidant and a strong support. Relationships in real life are challenging, and complex and all of the relationships we experience in this book feel real and easily elicited a strong emotional response from me. I was totally engrossed throughout this entire story and would highly recommend it to everyone I know.
The performance is fantastic and the multiple narrators really bring each character life. Each narrator completely fit with my idea of what that character would sound like, and added to the real feel of the story. I think listening to the audiobook version of this was a wonderful way to experience it.
I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to this but I'm so glad I did. The story and the reader very riveting and I couldn't stop listening. I finished about a week ago and keep thinking about the characters. In addition to the great characters, this story is very thought provoking in a very good way. Excellent.