I’ve had this book on my bookshelf since like the middle of last year and never really got to it, one being I knew it was sad, two being I just wasn’t really in the mood to pick it up. As we all know the movie is getting ready to come out, and that is the main reason I read this book. I wanted to see the movie so I read the book and it was everything I expected to be – I don’t say all of that as a bad thing.
The cover I have is beautiful I love it, the cover was actually made me buy it I had never heard of this book or Jojo Moyes this was a cover buy. As bad as that sounds but we all have them cover buys even if we hate to admit it.
So that’s the description, and again never looked at it until I started writing this review, this won’t be a spoiler review, we all know the ending of this book I will discuss one of my favourite scenes though nothing spoiler so you are all okay to read this.The description is what I would say the book is exactly about, there is no better description.
Lou, I loved her character, the weird thing was she gave a sense of I don’t know what to do with my life although she was 26 I got where she was coming from not knowing what to do next in life. I think in some respects although she was 26 she was still very young in respects of not knowing what to do with her life and wanting it to stay simple I think that is something we all wish. Her character I fell in love with she was so funny and awkward and I think Jojo wrote a perfect character for this book, with what the book was about in terms of subject matter this is the best character for a book like this. As I say her character was just so funny in some parts of this book I was literally laughing out loud (that is not a lol you do in boring chats either).
Will, I smiled when we were first introduced to him, like even his attitude in the first chapter just before the accident, I could see some of that in the Will who was disabled (I am not even attempting to spell the quad word). He was such an ass and he had every right to be, one thing about his character I understood where he was coming from. Putting yourself in that position where someone has to do everything for you. I’m not sure I’d be able to cope either so I get where his character was coming from. But even though he had made the deal (I WAS TOTALLY SHOCKED) he still warmed to Lou and eventually let her in instead of pushing her away. He was totally an ass to her sometimes and it just made me chuckle the fact she would be so annoyed with him and yet still want his approval on some matters. It made me smile and I loved this character.
A scene with them both together one of many I do actually love is the castle garden walk but in particular, when she freaks out in the maze that scene between both of them was perfect. I think that’s the only way I could describe it, the honesty between them both. My heart fluttered at reading and broke at the same time. Which believe me was a theme during reading this.
Patrick, Lou’s boyfriend and ex. He is a dickhead as soon as we were introduced to him as a character I hated him. He was self-centered, only cared about running, made some insulting comments about Lou and I hated especially his comments about Will and his condition, I hope Jojo like wanted us to hate him because she did a good bloody job he was despicable. All through the story when he was in it I was just like dump him dump him dump him, and it finally happened.
Katrina, Lou’s sister, their relationship is literally every sister sibling out there, I totally recognised and felt I could connect with both of them. I have a sister and it’s not easy so I get their arguments and their loving, it was definitely the show of a real sister relationship. I really liked Katrina.
Will’s dad, this dude was a class A dick as well, in some parts of the book it felt like he was hitting on Lou which made me feel very uncomfortable. Like this woman is looking after your suicidal son and he is making progress with her and in some circumstances it is like you want to chat her up what is up with that? Also a total dick for cheating on Will’s mum even if she too was an ass.
Will’s mum, I don’t think anyone could imagine being in this position, the deal she made with her son and then finding a way to change his mind. I suppose one good thing she did was bring Lou into his life because the last 6 months of his life was happy and it was because of her. I did like her a bit, some places through the book I was like please leave the page.
Lou’s mum, I liked her all the way through the book until the end. If you have read this book you know exactly what I mean.
The plot was so good, and I only cried from the point of the last few days of their holiday, (totally my way of trying to not spoil) so from that point onwards I was crying like a baby and it wasn’t really the sad part yet. Here comes maybe a spoiler bit, he goes to a place in Switzerland where they do assist suicide. A very difficult subject matter for some, I have known of cases being on the news and there have been a few petitions in the UK to get it legalised so to speak as a last resort. Instead of making them feel like a criminal for those who help. As I say very difficult subject matter and Jojo handled it well so I praise her for that. I thought there would be a little more to his death scene if I’m honest, I read the build up of Lou being with him and then it’s like get his parents in and then it went to a new chapter of like a lawyer or someone going over the case. My thought was, is that it? I thought there might be a little more to it, I don’t know if Jojo held back because of how sensitive it was but I was just expecting something more and I didn’t get it.
I think I will definitely have to read on to the next book After You I believe it is called, I know people say it isn’t as good but I’d be interested to see what happens next. I won’t be picking it up straight away give it another 6 months haha.