I first came accross this gem, on instagram as I follow Sam Claflin and Emila Clarke’s accounts. They star in the book to movie adaptation which came out June 3rd, 2016. Consequently the book became really popular among the book universe. So I decided it was time to pick it up! I knew nothing about the stoy; I had not seen the movie trailer as I did not want to spoil myself.
Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time. (Goodreads)
Originally published: December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Read: from June 17 to 19, 2016
My review: 5/5 stars
Hey Clark’, he said.’Tell me something good’. I stared out of the window at the bright-blue Swiss sky and I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other.
Thoughts on the plot: This book is really popular
and controversial because it deals with hard topics such as euthanasia, quadriplegics and sexual assault. Consequently I really want to congratulate Jojo Moyes for mentioning these topics in such a brilliant and soft way. I like reading about things that are the opposite to what I’m used to. It helps me see the world in all its entirety. Also let’s not forget that this book is about love and it is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put this book down and I was so surprised at how captivating and fluid; the real definition of a “page turner”. This is honestly one of the best books out there. It wasn’t as heartbreaking as everyone makes it to be (even thought I shed a tear).
I feel like I grew along Louisa and it inspired me to #liveboldly. I’m afraid, young and shy, and I let fear guide me. Will Traynor really inspired me. The story and the characters hold a dear place in my heart and I will never forget them. Thank you Jojo Moyes.
Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.
On the left is the copy that I own (in french) and on the right is the english version that I found in the english section, in a french bookshop!
Also here’s the trailer of the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh993__rOxA. I
Hope you enjoyed this review and until next time #liveboldly
Much love, Karla.