I am not sure why, but this book was not quite what I expected. I feel like it was lacking....depth, for lack of a better term. It's as if the story, which was good, did not go all the way. It could have been great, but it was just good. The relationship between Will & Lou could have had more depth and more intimacy. I feel like it wanted to take us there, but something was missing, unfortunately. I find it hard to explain, I'm just disappointed, I wanted more from this book.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
When I say "unexpected," I mean that I assumed this would be saccharine or mushy, simply because I knew a movie had been made about it. (Narrow-minded of me, I know!)
But instead, I read an excellent story that examines the human condition, love, self-image, family, strength and more without preaching, without overly dramatized dialogue and without melodrama. It was just excellent. The narrator was wonderful, the characters were well-drawn, the story made sense without being completely predictable.
Why did I spend time listening to this? It didn't get better. The descriptions and the perspectives taken were quite insensitive to those who live with a physical disability. I am embarrassed to admit I purchased this book.
I have read the massive amount of books. Listening to the books, even the same I read before is a new and captivating experience.
Very difficult to understand some of the events but I find this book very honest.
I was interested in seeing the movie version, but like all avid readers I had to read/listen to the book first! It's your typical tragic romance, and I would recommend it for anyone who is a Nicholas Sparks fan.