I honestly never read books like this because I usually just don’t care. But after all the hype around this one, I said screw it and picked it up. And I am so happy I did.
Lou is 27-years-old and hasn’t done much with her life and Will shows her all the potential she has for a life outside of their tiny hometown. And she learns to love this live and finds the hunger to, as Will puts it, live boldly. As a 22-year-old who feels like a failure that is living at home despite two college diplomas, I found this book inspirational and supportive. Life is only as good as you let it be, and it might feel like everyone is always against you, but there is always at least one person in the world who will cheer you on. It’s a book about always moving forward, always remembering that only you can make the final decisions about what to do with your life, and it’s also about letting go.
It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, and I will not lie about doing everything I could to hold back sobs while I finished reading this book in public. But this book isn’t all sad. For the most part, I was laughing at Lou and Will going at each other. It’s honestly a really funny book. I loved every page of it and would read it again in a heartbeat.
Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: January 5th, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
Synopsis: Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.