I really had no idea what to expect with this book. It runs the gambit of emotions, and gives you an idea what true love really is. I will remember this book as one of the best books I have ever read.
I had already read this amazing book some years ago. When I saw it on Audible, I just could not help but give it a listen. It is even better in audible – the narrator is amazing!
Characters aren't believable. Louisa's character is (supposedly) bright and bubbly at her waitress job. At her interview and in every interaction for the next several chapters she can't stammer out a word to anyone about herself, her thoughts or create a space where anyone feels comfortable around her. She stares at the floor, hides in the hallway, does meaningless chores, and feels like an idiot every time anyone speaks to her - too awkward to think of a single thing to say. Where did the bright bubbly waitress loved by the restaurant owner and customers disappear to...?
Her thoughts and interactions for the first many chapters show she has no convictions (except about her clothes), no ambitions, hasn't given 1 thought to the future, will most likely drift into marriage because she has no direction. She dithers and flusters about whether to order dessert when out with her boyfriend of 10 years but, after less than a handful of sort-of-positive interactions with Will, she's willing to take an emotional, line-in-the-sand, quit-my-job stance complete with hurling sarcasm-riddled dialogue at Will's Mother questioning her decisions because she eavesdrops on a private conversation?
I wanted to like the book because of it's themes but the lack of believable, compelling characters made it impossible.
Coming from someone who would have never picked this book had I not been recommended fervently to do so by my sister, this was one of the best books I've "read" in a while. Completely outside of my normal genre, this touching story hit me in the feels. I laughed out loud, brooded, and cried throughout the book. Wonderful story, wonderful performance. Would absolutely recommend!!
Louisa's openness and big heart.
It bothered me that there was no mention of Will receiving help in dealing with the psychological effects of his condition. Will had so much to offer, but unfortunately he couldn't get past the man he used to be. Very sad. I'd like to see this same novel written where at the end of Louisa's six month contract, Will has changed his mind and wants to live and share his life with Louisa.
I did not like how the author referred to quadriplegics as "quads". I don't like it when people are described by their disability.
From the moment I started listening, I couldn't bear to be interrupted. I listened before bed, in the car, and at work. This was a great story one that had me tearing up at the end.