This is a story about two people who wouldn't normally spend time together. This book created a casual atmosphere that was easy to step into, the book definitely drew me in, especially by the time the two main characters established a connection. Despite it being a bit of a chick-lit type of read it definitely got to me, I was listening to it addictively and even cried. So that'd definitely the sign of an author who is able to share something with a reader.
Intellectually I knew some of the themes to be over-used (opposites attract, the analysis of class in England, which if you've lived in England like I have can get a little tiring, the slightly neurotic butt of jokes disempowered female) and didn't like that chick-lit was getting to me in this way.
I also didn't love what felt like an unnecessary point of view change away from Lou Clark, whose point of view the majority of the book is written from, to other minor characters. The strong accent used for one of the characters (Lou's father) also drew attention to itself and seemed unnecessary to me.
Some of Lou's character traits at the beginning of the novel seemed to be pushed down the scale extra hard so that she could be given a more dramatic progression into someone with new characteristics by the end of the novel. Sometimes I felt the author wanted to debate the subject matter of the novel, to present differing viewpoints in a way that felt a little artificial. Some of these things I intellectually recognised as constructs or gimmicks and as not necessarily serving the story. But sometimes I think to myself that it doesn't really matter if I felt something, if I enjoyed the book and forgot about my surroundings. I was rooting for the main characters, felt affectionately towards many of the people in the book and immersed myself in their stories. There were some precious moments in this book too, that felt very real, and were funny eg Will's birthday gift to Lou. This was a book I couldn't put down, so go Jojo Moyes.
Absolutely! It was a beautiful book and so well performed. I wanted to stop the car and write things down. The author had such a sense of humor, I laughed out loud at times.
Hard to compare, but I haven't liked anything this much in a long while. Other books I enjoyed to this extent were "The Color Of Water," "The Help" "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"
The main character Louisa.
There were many. Her first trip to the Opera, their vacation, the maze...to say more would give too much away.
I really do recommend this audio book. It was beautifully written and performed. It also opened up my eyes to the many realities what is involved in life of life as quadriplegic. If you have a heart, it's a great book. If you don't, you'll probably grow one. It will also reach out to your sense of humor:)
Unexpected, surprising and awesome
How you end up rooting for someone you don't expect to root for
Made you feel like you were right there with the characters.
It made me laugh, cry, yell out loud and laugh again.
This book was so good that I would sit in my car in the parking garage because I didn't want to stop listening to it.
I would recommend this to a friend. In fact, I am going to recommend it to everyone in my book club.
I loved the main narrator. I felt like she embodied the main character.
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Life changing novel. Thoughtful, introspective approach to considering the different life views around a quadriplegic person.
The person themselves, the caregivers and the family with the fears, challenges and joys to be found with each as well as together.
Definitely a must read book.
Caretaker for a paraplegic gets wrapped up in her work. I liked the idea that someone with no skills finds something of meaning to do for a living, but that's a minor piece of the story. Her opinions of how he should live his life were shallow, or she was just too slow to catch on. Main character was bold in area's that didn't make sense (bringing him home to meet her family and boyfriend, fawning over his birthday present in front of her boyfriend). Then she was timid in places that could have been more effective and believable otherwise (I will not be a spoiler and point out where). It was a good enough story listening at 1.5 speed with the audible app and some parts were cute. I did not cry from it, maybe a chuckle or two.
It would definitely depend on the friend. The topic is depressing, but the author does a nice job crafting some really unique, believable characters. She also confronts head-on that there just is no silver lining to some situations, which some people might struggle with.
I was not totally pleased, though admittedly, I can't really imagine how I would have liked it to end.
You will cry, you will consider really big, difficult questions, and you will cry again.
This is a book that was so beautifully narrated that I am sure the print version could never be as good as the audible version.
As one life concludes another life unfolds.
There were several narrators but the narrator for the main character, Louisa Clark, was just perfect. Wonderful diction, cadence and speed. One of my favorite performances.
This is one of the best audible books I have listened to. A bittersweet story with perfect narration.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
I read this book last year and loved it so much that I bought the Audible version so I could revisit the lives of Will Traynor and Louisa Clark. Despite knowing the book and being familiar with the story, I got caught up in it all over again and was overcome with emotion at their unconventional love story.
This book works on many levels. It's not only a love story and a coming-of-age tale but a deeper examination of the value of life.
I recommend this book -- in any version -- to any and all!