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.
I read this book in a day. I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want to put it down. (I had to, though.. Babies tend to get hungry and three year olds need to be picked up from school…)
The fact that I know what it feels like to work in a place where you see the same customers every day and then losing that job and having to find something else when you have no qualifications, made me feel connected to Lou. That connection never really faded during the rest of the book although I did feel like she was changing her mind about things quite quickly at some points. I still liked her. I still like her…
Will, yeah he’s a bit of an ass in the beginning of the book, but can you honestly blame him? He’s paralysed. That sucks! You’re not just going to tell him to cheer up. It’s not your decision. His mood is the only thing that’s still in his control. Even though he’s an ass, I immediately liked him. Then again, broody men are my thing apparently…
I liked how the story progressed. I caught myself thinking about it when I was not reading and after I finished the book. It’s the kind of story that draws you in and stays with you for a while after.
Did it make me cry?
Yes! It made my cry so hard that I had to stop reading because I couldn’t make out the words anymore.
There were some things that bothered me. Like the annoying boyfriend (can’t even remember his name). Ugh, break up with him already!!!!
But the biggest reason for not giving it five stars was the writing. It wasn’t spectacular, amazing, breathtakingly beautiful. It was okay. There are no quotes that I’ll take away from this and that’s a shame. It’s not that the writing was bad! I’m not saying that. It was just… uneventful. It didn’t make me stop and reread a sentence, it didn’t make me think ‘Wow, that’s a passage I’ll have to remember’.
The story was just the story… and the story itself was great.
But it will fade. I’m not sure if I’ll remember it by the end of this year.
That got really negative, didn’t it?
Feels kind of silly to say that I DID still enjoy this book and that I would recommend it and most of all that I’m soooooo looking forward to the movie (It’s coming out on June 3rd!!).
I did like it.
I really did.