Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Michael Joseph (UK)
Release Date: January 5th, 2012
Standalone/Series: First book in a duology. Book 2 is After You.
Genre: Contemporary – Romance – Adult Fiction
My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite!
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
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.
This book will destroy you. It will tear your heart right out of your chest while at the same time holding you, stroking your hair, feeding you chocolate and telling you it will all be okay.
Even though I have serious questions about my sanity because I like this book that left me a sobbing mess, I can’t help but give it 5 stars.
Because it’s not a traditional romance, but it still makes your stomach fluttery and puts a silly smile on your face.
Because it poses questions about important matters of life, death and choice and it makes you reflect on that and wonder how you would cope if it happened to you.
Because the main characters are so real and precious. You feel everything Lou feels: her embarrassments, her fears, her growing affections, her hopes and her heartbreak.
So I would recommend this book to anyone. Because of all these things and because it’s just a good book.